Addiction or Self Medication
Los Angeles, CA USA
The empire of Alcoholic's
Anonymous and its enfeebled crew of inbred 12 step groups have occupied the
field of "substance abuse recovery" to the point of becoming a dictatorship.
This volume appropriately calls this bully to task for its monolithic and
monotheistic occupation of the medical field and calls for research that goes
beyond that which currently panders to the 12 step oligarchy. Thanks to
pioneers like Dr. Nikakhtar and Dr. Stanton Peale this archaic AA orthodoxy
which has so slowed medical advance and kept addiction science in the dark
ages may soon deservedly lose its exalted status and be sent packing to join
like minded control cults in the relative obscurity now enjoyed by the
Reviewer: Howard Pratt
Perhaps this book is not
suitable to those who dismiss medicine as a science, but for readers in search
of scientific facts, this book is indeed insightful as it adds valuable
knowledge to the field of substance treatment. I commend the authors of this
book for stating a fact that had been unexposed for too long. After watching
Dr. Nikakhtar on CNN, I ordered this book and found it useful and intelligent.
The authors of this book look far into the biological and psycho-social
factors of addiction and diligently report what the scientific community has
held to be true for a long time--that substance abuse is not the fault of the
addict but the result of biological and psycho-social conditions that can be
addressed and treated. The authors have painstakingly outlined the source of
addiction and have finally de-stigmatized addiction, explaining that it is a
medical condition that can be treated and CURED!!!
I've recommended this book to my colleagues in the field of health care and
they have found it equally helpful in their treatment of addiction.
Reviewer: Professor of
The authors have dissected the
anatomy of addiction and have exposed the causes of substance abuse. This book
is a wonderful resource for anyone who wants to understand drug addiction and
recovery. Finally, the authors cleverly illustrate how recovery is achieved
and successfully maintained. The book is quite an accomplishment in the field
of health and science.
Concise, precise, and of
tremendous value to the community,
Reviewer: A reader
from Los Angeles,
CA United States
This book, written in layman's
terms, is a fast read while loaded with invaluable information. It is the most
innovative approach to substance abuse recovery. The authors dispel the notion
that substance abuse is a character flaw, from which one will never recover.
They set about empowering the medical community to take action in helping
those who are self-medicating via substance abuse. It inspires those who are
self-medicating via substance abuse to feel empowered to resolve the
underlying issues that have caused the substance abuse in the first place.
This is a book that eliminates the victim mentality of typical 12-step
programs and encourages self-empowerment. It is a must read for anyone in the
medical field, as well as for anyone who has or is self medicating via
substance abuse, or has someone in their lives who is self-medicating via
A terrific book!,
Reviewer: C. Baumbach
Explains the biochemical basis
of addiction in very clear and understandable language.Great summary of drugs
and how they affect us. I particularly liked the section on Bill Wilson and
the beginnings of AA.
An alternative to addition,
I would like to congratulate the
authors of this book. It is a revolutionary work on the problem of addiction.
It both powerfully written and well-researched, yet doesn't talk over the
heads of the general public. Given the absolute failure of AA-based models to
understand, nevertheless solve the problems of chemical dependency, this book
returns hope of an alternative to addiction.
from Seattle, WA
is terrific... It is the first attempt at dispelling the myth about drug
abuse, and the attempt falls no less than superb. The book dissects the
physiology and psychology of drug use, but it does so in layman terms. It also
exposes the truth about what causes drug use--what the doctors and the media
don't tell us. It is easy to read and gives you the complete story. In other
words, it de-mystifies substance addiction. Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!