When AA Doesn't Work for You: Rational Steps to Quitting Alcohol

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Barricade Books, 1992 - Self-Help - 329 pages
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For the first time, the founder of rational-emotive therapy applies it to recovery from problem drinking. This remarkable self-help book tells how to apply rational-emotive therapy (RET) to the problem of alcoholism, overcome emotional disturbances, and bring about a profound philosophical change that will resolve addictive tendencies and often change lives.

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According to the authors, the irrational thoughts and beliefs of the alcoholic--as opposed to the concept of "powerlessness'' taught by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)--contribute greatly to alcoholism ... Read full review


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Albert Ellis was a clinical psychologist and a marriage counselor. He was born on September 27, 1913 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ellis originated the rational-emotive therapy movement, which ignores Freudian theories and advocates the belief that emotions come from conscious thought "as well as internalized ideas of which the individual may be unaware." At first, Ellis' books on marital romance and sexuality were criticized by some as being radical and sensational; however, few realized that Ellis was merely laying the groundwork for modern sex education. Ellis was educated at the City College of New York Downtown and at Columbia University, where he received a Ph.D. in psychology in 1943. He taught for a number of years at Rutgers University, New Jersey, and the Union Graduate School. He was executive director of the Institute for Rational Living, Inc., in New York City. Ellis was the author of Sex and the Liberated Man, Sex Without Guilt, and Sex Without Guilt in the Twenty-First Century. Despite his health issues, Ellis never stopped working with the assistance of his wife, Australian psychologist Debbie Joffe Ellis. In April 2006, Ellis was hospitalized with pneumonia, and had to stay in either the hospital or the rehabilitation facility. He eventually returned to his home --- the top floor of the Albert Ellis Institute. He died there on July 24, 2007 in his wife's arms. Ellis had authored and co-authored more than 80 books and 1200 articles during his lifetime. He was 93 when he died.

Emmett Velten is the author of "Under the Influence: Reflections of Albert Ellis in the Works of Others, "the coauthor with Albert Ellis of "Optimal Aging "and "When AA Doesn't Work for You," and a member of the board of directors of the Albert Ellis Institute. He lives in Phoenix and San Francisco. David Burns, MD, is the author of "Feeling Good "and "The Feeling Good Handbook," He lives in California.

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