We are not powerless over our addictions, nor are we helpless victims of heredity, a disease, a spiritual malady, or a slew of character defects that require the intervention of a "higher power," and a lifetime of meetings to control. Studies show that 75% of all addicts recover on their own, without pills, patches, rehabs, or self-help groups. How many people do you know who successfully quit smoking “cold turkey,” without artificial aids or programs, and nicotine is one of the most addictive substances on earth.
People can recover on their own because they find ways of addressing the learned aspects of addiction that are driven by our reward system. Almost any activity we find pleasurable, from eating a chocolate chip cookie to hearing great music or seeing a beautiful face, can activate the reward system. Once aroused, these circuits enable our brains to encode the circumstances that led to the pleasure, so we can repeat the behavior and the reward in the future.
Over time, the pleasure becomes misery, but we now have little choice but to continue because the behaviors and belief systems that drive our addiction have become well-learned, deeply ingrained habits. The journey to addiction begins with our receiving positive reinforcement from use of the drug - it makes us feel good, and ends with the “gotta have its” screaming in our ear. For some, it seems like a hopeless situation, but the vast majority of us find a solution to the problem, and so can you.
Just as we learn to become addicted, we can learn to make the necessary changes to our thoughts and beliefs that will relieve us of the burden of our addictions for a lifetime, not just a day-at-a-time. Powerless No Longer will help you learn to take advantage of your brain's natural ability to rewire itself, its neuroplasticity, to overcome your addictive behavior and reach your full potential.
Powerless No Longer is for anyone who is concerned about an addictive behavior problem and is looking for help deciding upon a course of action. The book introduces a newcomer to the science of addiction, the process of change, and specific methods and tools that offer a way out.
If you are questioning your own drug and alcohol use, or have tried 12-step programs and not succeeded, Powerless No Longer is for you. If you believe you are “powerless” over your addiction, you will see evidence proving that this is not true. Powerless explains the self-change methods that work for the majority of addicts who recover on their own, and shows you how to apply these principles in your own recovery. Powerless combines in one place:
You do need to tap into a source of power and strength, but it isn't outside, it's internal. If you possess a genuine desire to effect self-change, you have within yourself all the power you need, and PNL can help you unlock it.
©2013 Peter W. Soderman (P)2014 Dogma Debate, LLC
This really changed alot of my ideas of what recovery from addiction should be, and challenges the 12-step model in many ways. The author is a facilitator of SMART recovery meetings (self management and recovery training). They use alot of tools from modern psychology, and it is not a one-size-fits-all philosophy. I personally found it important, that they encourage getting medical help, and do not see prescribed medication as a "drug" that is just like any other. I take medication everyday, and can't stand how certain recovery circles look down on it. I understand prescribed medications sometimes have abuse potential, but that does not make them always bad, or unnecessary. Anyways, alot of the ideas revolve around identifying irrational thoughts, and replacing them with rational ones. The tools they use also could be applied to many areas of life, and I don't think they are limited to addiction (although that is what they're used for here). Another thing that's important, is that SMART recovery updates it's program along with the scientific understanding, and it is not a dogmatic program. I am so happy with reading this, I hope to go through facilitator training and start a meeting in my own town sometime soon, since there are none available here in my town (although meeting attendance is optional). 5/5
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