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Publisher's Summary

Finally, a road map to recovery from the nation's most original thinker on addiction.
In his revolutionary book The Heart of Addiction, Dr. Lance Dodes examined the underlying emotions that drive addictive behaviors - whether drinking, gambling, sex, or eating. Now, in Breaking Addiction, Dodes presents a comprehensive guide outlining seven critical steps to overcome addiction, based on his findings.
hrough his practice and research, Dodes has found that virtually every addictive act is preceded by feelings of helplessness. In his refreshingly clear style, Dodes incorporates case histories to illustrate exactly how these feelings set addiction in motion, how to recognize the path toward addiction and then how to take back control.
Many people, discouraged by current treatments, have been hungry for an approach that digs addiction up by its roots. Since the publication of The Heart of Addiction, Dodes's ideas have been incorporated by therapists and treatment centers around the country, and are taught by universities and training centers for clinicians.
With special sections for both families and health-care professionals, Breaking Addiction is poised to be the handbook for a new, comprehensive, and in-depth understanding of addiction.
©2011 Lance M. Dodes, MD (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By M. A. Gueltekin on 10-17-12

Determined to quit? This is your book!

Where does Breaking Addiction rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks high, considering the self help and the achievements I've made throughout the quitting process.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This book is nonfiction. Yet, it includes a series of individual stories of addicts (and their partners, loved ones) and their struggle with their addictions to help you understand and take care of your addiction (or of someone you care of).

What about John Meagher’s performance did you like?

Clear tone, it just flows.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Breaking Addiction?

This is not a book for frivolous quitting attemps. If you're serious about getting rid of your addiction (instead of exchanging it with another one) or want to understand/help/cope with an addict friend, partner, spouse - than go for it.

The book helps you understand the very core, the psyche of addictions (how and exactly when they take control of your actions, behavior and mood) and urges you to focus on your own intellectual strategy of preventing/managing cravings, instead of concentrating solely on the physical addiction itself and/or the moment of using (which both are actually relatively treatable in contrast to the severe psychological dependence).

It's a great guide to manage your relationships with your spouse, children, friends and other loved ones, helps you pose a true, honest and supportive explanation about your problems, so that they will try to understand and help you, instead of worrying about - and worse - diverging from you. It also features a brief academic guide for your medical supervision to implement this method into your own treatment plan.

I have been an addict for many years now and tried almost every possible way to get rid of my addiction, without any lasting success.

Since I know now - thanks to Doctor Lance M. Dodes and his book - what triggers my emotions and self destruction at that very moment of overwhelming helplessness, I was able to cast my own recovery plan just based on my own experience and instincts, which has been the best solution to resolve my addictive behaviors yet.

I've learned in recent years not to be too confident on conclusions regarding my addiction, so I will not say, that I have already fully recovered by now, but it has been the longest I stayed completely clean since I started using (this time without any medical support). I am feeling great about my life and myself today and hope to never look back.

I carry this audio book every where with me on my iPod, chapter 3 keeps me alive and kicking!

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this book to anyone, who urgently is in need of changing something in his or her life for the better for good. This is a new, critical and no-nonsense approach for an addiction-free life for yourself and your environment.

No judging, no cliches, no prejustice and no silly contradictions - just get the core and you'll bring the rest yourself.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Gerrie on 07-15-12

Dodes explores the cause as much as the addiction

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Indeed - it is well written. The numeorus case studies and stories told make for interesting content, easy to follow and each story illustrates the point vividly.The book sensitises the listener not to approach addiction simplistically, but to go to the cause of the addictive behaviour if real and sustainable rehab is sought.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Breaking Addiction?

Introducing and defining the generic cause of addictive behaviour as "feelings of helplessness". This is original and accurate.

Which scene was your favorite?

Many good scenes in the numerous case studies

Any additional comments?

Definitely worth a read for anyone interested in understanding addictive behaviour and how to break it.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Neil on 12-11-17

Didn’t really help

I didn’t find anything new or groundbreaking except that all addiction begins with feeling hopeless. That’s about it:

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