Synopses & Reviews
“Dr. Dodess approach runs directly counter to the paralyzing, but standard, message of ‘powerlessness—a message that reinforces the sense of helplessness that is at the root of addicts life predicaments! Many psychiatrists recognize that this is where we must head, but Dr. Dodes is one with the guts to shine a beacon in the right direction.”
—Stanton Peele, PhD, author of 7 Tools to Beat Addiction and The Life Process Program of Treatment
The follow-up to his groundbreaking volume The Heart of Addiction, Dr. Lance Dodess Breaking Addiction is a step-by-step guide to beating addiction of any kind—from drugs and gambling to alcoholism, overeating, and sex addiction. By recognizing and understanding the emotional forces underlying addictive behaviors, Dr. Dodes says any dangerous, life-destroying obsession can be overcome. Including special bonus sections for both families and health-care professionals, Breaking Addiction is the new handbook for those suffering from addiction—a valuable resource that addresses addictions root causes and serves as an alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous and similar recovery programs.
"Dodes, an eminent researcher of addiction at Harvard Medical School and author of the groundbreaking The Heart of Addiction, has hit another home run by focusing on getting to the root of addictive behavior. Years of personal research has shown Dodes that feelings of helplessness almost always precede an addictive act. This in turn leads to a sense of rage at feeling powerless. Defense mechanisms vary, but the methods discussed through Dodes's case studies offer insight into how addicts learn to cope emotionally with stress, culminating in addictive behavior. But ending addiction is still highly complicated; always present is what the author calls the 'key moment' that leads to the behavior. The conversations and situations outlined here, drawn from Dodes's own experience, realistically illuminate what can lead to addition and the behavior manifestations often associated. Addicts will relate to Dodes's seven step solution, provided they can move beyond the 'addiction as disease' or genetic hand-me-down thinking prevalent in the recovery discourse for much of the last century. Dodes's common-sense methodology, based on introspection and proactive alternatives to the compulsion is nothing short of revolutionary. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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.
Through 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 stories 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.
About the Author
Lance Dodes, M.D., a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, where he is a member of the Division on Addictions. He is also the Director of the Boston Center for Problem Gambling. He has served as the director of the alcoholism and substance abuse treatment unit of Harvard's McLean Hospital, and as the director of the alcoholism unit at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (now part of Massachusetts General Hospital). He is also on the faculty of the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute, where he teaches courses in compulsive and addictive behavior. Dodes's work has been published in many professional journals.