For over two decades, The Addictive Personality has helped people understand the process of addiction. Now, through this second edition, author Craig Nakken brings new depth and dimension to our understanding of how an individual becomes an addict. Going beyond the definition that limits dependency to the realm of alcohol and other drugs, Nakken uncovers the common denominator of all addiction and describes how the process is progressive.
Through research and practical experience, Nakken sheds new light on:
The author examines how addictions start, how society pushes people toward addiction, and what happens inside those who become addicted. This new edition will help anyone seeking a better understanding of the addictive process and its impact on our lives.
©1996 Craig Nakken (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
This completely opened my mind to what my brother is going through. The book was suggested to me by a man who leads a local Celebrate Recovery.
The last part, which focused on the prevalence of shame in the alcoholic family.
A different, but not wholly inconsistent, view appears in "The Heart of Addiction" by Lance Dodes, MD, a psychiatrist. While "The Addictive Personality" appears to be completely consistent with the AA philosophy, Dr. Dodes' book shines the light on the feelings of the addict during the moments before he succumbs to his desire to act out his addiction. Both views are helpful and even necessary.
The last part, which highlights the shame that accompanies addiction and that exists in the families of addicts.
The last part hit me between the eyes.
A meaningful read.
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