Addictive Thinking: Understanding Self-Deception

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Hazelden Publishing, Jun 3, 2009 - Self-Help - 156 pages
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Abnormal thinking in addiction was originally recognized by members of Alcoholics Anonymous, who coined the term "stinking thinking." Addictive thinking often appears rational superficially, hence addicts as well as their family members are easily seduced by the attendant--and erroneous--reasoning process it can foster.

In Addictive Thinking, author Abraham Twerski reveals how self-deceptive thought can undermine self-esteem and threaten the sobriety of a recovering individual. This timely revision of the original classic includes updated information and research on depression and affective disorders, the relationship between addictive thinking and relapse, and the origins of addictive thought. Ultimately, Addictive Thinking offers hope to those seeking a healthy and rewarding life recovery.

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It's a great book on the tendencies of people who compulsively consume substances or what have you, any compulsion. The book outlines a lot of commonalities in the addicted mind however it doesn't offer much in the way of advice. In that way it's more like psychoanalysis. A suffering patient can read this, family member... or even any clinician could benefit from this knowledge and draw some of their own conclusions from it. 

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Simple read that is a must have for every clinician and people working or living with addicts! Read full review

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Dr. Abraham J. Twerski is founder and medical director emeritus of the Gateway Rehabilitation Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A rabbi, psychiatrist, and chemical dependency counselor, he is the author of numerous journal articles and books, including Self-Discovery in Recovery, I Didn't Ask to Be in This Family: Sibling Relationships and How They Shape Adult Behavior and Dependencies, and, with "Peanuts" cartoonist Charles Schulz, When Do the Good Things Start?

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