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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:

  • Genetic factors tied to addiction
  • Cultural influences on addictive behaviors
  • The progressive nature of the disease
  • Steps to a successful recovery

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.

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insightful

as a wife, it gave me great understanding into my husband's thought process and actions

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Regretable purchase

Constant repeating defining of addicts and thats all in this book. Boring and dull. No worth even keeping in library. Bye bye.

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An awakening!

A must to each an every one. It is easy to follow, organized and succinct. I Recommend it to to any one who is interested in understanding why we behave the way we do, and wants to self empower.

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Easy to listen. I gained a lot of knowledge in just a few hours. I feel I have now a better understanding of this illness and better idea of which route to go from now on.

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sister of addict

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.

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An Excellent book that can change lives!

Explains a lot of misunderstood behavior and thinking and it goes explaining it in perfect details!

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Good info for addicts & their families

What did you love best about The Addictive Personality?

The last part, which focused on the prevalence of shame in the alcoholic family.

What other book might you compare The Addictive Personality to and why?

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.

Which scene was your favorite?

The last part, which highlights the shame that accompanies addiction and that exists in the families of addicts.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The last part hit me between the eyes.

Any additional comments?

A meaningful read.

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  • noel
  • 02-25-16

Fantastic book

In my studies to understand more about the addictive mind this book has offered me a fantastic insight into this problem.
It is without doubt one of the best and easy to understand books I have listed to on this subject

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