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By Boris Budwuff on 02-28-16
An important addition to understanding addiction.
This book offers enlightenment and intellectual understanding of addiction on several levels. The science was fascinating, the writing lucid, the stories compelling and the conclusions sound. As a now sober alcoholic who lost my mother and an uncle to liver disease, I know the horrible grip and terrible cost of addiction. This book takes a fair, clear minded look at the value and costs of the disease model. As such, it is not only valuable to the addict who travels their own healing journey, but to professionals in the field as well. It is time to point out with strength of conviction that the Emperor, if not lacking clothes entirely, is poorly dressed . I am hopeful this book will make healing more accessible to those who are not yet desperate enough for the dogma and theology of AA. Don't get me wrong, I credit AA with saving my life and helping me break the cycle of addiction for my family. This is miraculous praise indeed. But it is time for the next evolution into a more sophisticated and rationale treatment regimen based on neuro science and psychology. This book is an important contribution to that future and perhaps even prescient of where we are headed.
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