- Paperback: 408 pages
- Publisher: Greystone Books (Jan. 1 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1771641967
- ISBN-13: 978-1771641968
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.8 x 21.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 358 g
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Wasted: An Alcoholic Therapist's Fight for Recovery in a Flawed Treatment System Paperback – Jan 1 2016
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"With tactile intimacy and surgical wit, Pond invites us to share the tragedy of his addiction with a sad smile. And then reveals a singular truth about how people quit. Truly one of a kind… A masterful job of describing the indescribable." —Dr. Marc Lewis, Neuroscientist and Author,Memoirs of an Addicted Brain(2015-05-05)
"A passionate book around the struggle and path to recovery from addiction." —Dr. Dr. Bernard Le Foll, Head, Alcohol and Treatment Clinic, Addiction Medicine, CAMH(2015-05-05)
Few books have captured so well the challenge of managing the disease of addiction while simultaneously negotiating an often unresponsive health care system"&mdashDr. Keith Humphreys, former Senior Drug Policy Advisor, The Obama Administration (2016-01-01)
"A vividly written page-turner … gripping and helpful." —Gabor Maté, The Globe and Mail(2016-02-02)
"Pond's insights coupled with Palmer's section on evidence-based treatments make this an invaluable resource for readers battling their own addictions or concerned about their loved ones." —Publisher's Weekly(2016-02-29)
About the Author
Michael Pond has a private therapy practice in Vancouver, where he specializes in addiction treatment. He earned a degree in psychiatric nursing from the University of Victoria and a Masters in Social Work from the University of British Columbia.
Maureen Palmer is a critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker and former radio and television producer at CBC. In 2002, she co-founded Bountiful Films.
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Mike Pond's book brings it all home for me. There IS more we can do if we could just get health care providers to stop writing prescriptions for AA and sending them on their way. I can't even say that doctors should prescribe AA in addition to other therapies. An AA meeting is only as healthy as the people who show up at it and you cannot control that and have no idea what they are sending their patients to. So many other treatments - including medications - are available if they would just incorporate them into their practises.
I'm going to recommend this to my program friends but I already know what they will say. Pond didn't surrender it's his own fault it took so long to get sober and look, he's sober now, AA did work for him. All the while railing on about evil Big Pharma. But, I don't want to digress.
Anyone seriously interested in addiction disorders - families, addicts please read this. Especially health care providers, I implore you, pick this up and buy copies for your co-workers.
This book gave me, the mother of a son with addiction struggles coupled with a family history of alcoholics some hope and confirmation that new methods, love and support will not be "wasted"
Thank you Mr. Pond!
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