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The Heart of Addiction: A New Approach to Understanding and Managing Alcoholism and Other Addictive Behaviors (Hardcover)
by Lance M. Dodes

The Truth About Addiction and Recovery (Paperback)
by Stanton Peele

"THE GROWTH of addiction treatment in the United States, predicated on the idea that alcoholism and addictions of all kinds are diseases, is a public-relations triumph, and not a triumph of reason or science," says the first sentence in the book.

Addictive Thinking, Second Edition: Understanding Self-Deception (Paperback), by Abraham J. Twerski, M.D.

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Dark Paradise: A History of Opiate Addiction in America (Paperback)
by David T. Courtwright

"In a newly enlarged edition of this eye-opening book, David T. Courtwright offers an original interpretation of a puzzling chapter in American social and medical history: the dramatic change in the pattern of opiate addiction--from respectable upper-class matrons to lower-class urban males, often with a criminal record. Challenging the prevailing view that the shift resulted from harsh new laws, Courtwright shows that the crucial role was played by the medical rather than the legal profession. Dark Paradise tells the story not only from the standpoint of legal and medical sources, but also from the perspective of addicts themselves. With the addition of a new introduction and two new chapters on heroin addiction and treatment since 1940, Courtwright has updated this compelling work of social history for the present crisis of the Drug War."--product description at

Slaying the Addiction Monster: An All-Inclusive Look at Drug Addiction in America Today (Paperback)
by Sheryl Letzgus McGinnis

Addiction and Change: How Addictions Develop and Addicted People Recover (The Guilford Substance Abuse Series) (Paperback)
by Carlo C. Di Clemente, Ph.D.

Healing the Addictive Personality: Freeing Yourself from Addictive Patterns and Relationships (Paperback)
by Lee L. Jampolsky

Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy, by David Sheff


Finding Your Best Self: Recovery from Addiction, Trauma, or Both, Revised Edition, by Lisa M. Najavits



Addiction: Why Can't They Just Stop? (Hardcover), edited by John Hoffman and Susan Froemke

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This companion book to the HBO documentary of the same name sheds light on the hidden American epidemic of addiction. Blending compelling personal narratives with statistics and expert opinion, all gleaned from over two years of research and reporting, ADDICTION offers a comprehensive and provocative look at the impact of chemical dependency on addicts, their loved ones, society, and the economy. Breaking the stigma that addicts are simply weak and immoral, it delves into new brain research proving that drugs and alcohol change the chemical composition of addicts' brains, making it veritably impossible for them to quit. The nation's top experts persuasively argue that the time has come for the blame to stop and the healing to begin.

ADDICTION also features material not included in the documentary: testimonials, original graphics and images, additional elaboration on theories and treatments of addiction, and more. Featuring a foreword by Sheila Nevins, the president of Documentary and Family Programming at HBO, an afterward by the best-selling author Susan Cheever, and the writing of David Sheff, this book is essential reading for anyone who has been impacted by what is now realized to be a very real and widespread disease.

Pocket Sponsor, 24/7 Back to the Basics Support for Addiction Recovery


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Carry a Little Bit of Fellowship with You

For years, the daily meditation book Day By Day has guided millions of folks in recovery from chemical dependency. Now, from those who brought you Day By Day, comes the Pocket Sponsor--a little bit of fellowship that you carry with you for 24/7 support.

Designed to be read at the HALT moments, this exceptional support book also has a phone list for the number of your sponsor and others in your recovery circle.

Need a god shot? This has a positive recovery statement for every hour of every day for 31 days. It tells you what your sponsor would if your sponsor were there!

This book is meant to be carried with you and read when you need it. A little bit edgy? Wake up at midnight? Your boss threw you a curve? What would your sponsor say? Just grab your Pocket Sponsor,look up the day and time--and you have a bit of fellowship to see you through the moment.

Addiction and Recovery For Dummies by Brian F. Shaw, Paul Ritvo, and Jane Irvine


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From the Back Cover

Evaluate medications and treatment programs

Break free from addictive substances or behaviors and get a fresh start

Think you have an addiction? This compassionate guide helps you identify the problem and work towards a healthy, realistic approach to recovery, explaining the latest clinical and self-help treatments for both adults and teens. This book also offers tips on reducing cravings, handling your relationships, and staying well for the long run.

Discover how to

Identify the reasons for addiction Choose the best treatment plan
Handle slips and relapses
Detect addictions in a loved one
Find help and support

About the Authors: Brian F. Shaw, Ph.D., Paul Ritvo, Ph.D., and Jane Irvine, D.Phil., are all university professors with more than 20 years' experience in private consulting.

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Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change, by Jeffrey Foote, Carrie Wilkins, and Nicole Kosanke


Opiate Addiction -- The Painkiller Addiction Epidemic, Heroin Addiction and the Way Out by Taite Adams

Breaking Addiction: A 7-Step Handbook for Ending Any Addiction by Lance M. Dodes, M.D.