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Beyond the Influence: Understanding and Defeating Alcoholism

Beyond the Influence: Understanding and Defeating Alcoholism

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By (author) Katherine Ketcham, By (author) William Asbury

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  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
  • Format: Paperback | 364 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 232mm x 28mm | 400g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2000
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0553380141
  • ISBN 13: 9780553380149
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 361,560

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This invaluable work will contribute much to the battle against our number one disease." --from the Foreword by George McGovern, former senator and author of Terry: My Daughter's Life-and-Death Struggle with Alcoholism Alcoholism is a disease. It's time we started treating it like one. Science has offered undisputed proof that alcoholism is a disease rather than a weakness of character, yet millions of alcoholics continue to suffer due to inappropriate treatment. Now the co-author of the modern classic Under the Influence has teamed up with prominent alcoholism experts to provide new answers to this national epidemic. Based on the latest scientific research, Beyond the Influence clearly explains the neurological nature of the disease and reveals why some people drink addictively and others do not. It also spells out what needs to be done to treat alcoholism, including: Steps to take for an intervention How to find the right treatment program Which psychological approaches work best Why spirituality is essential to recovery New insights into relapse prevention What you should know about diet, exercise, and nontraditional treatments such as acupuncture Provocative and eye-opening, compelling and compassionate, Beyond the Influence is not only a message of hope for alcoholics--it is a blueprint for saving lives. BEYOND THE INFLUENCE explains that alcoholism is a disease of the body, not a weakness of character. Drawing on the latest scientific studies, the authors present new research on the central role of genetics and neurotransmitters in addiction. Continuing where the prior book left off, it also includes: Steps for diagnosis and intervention, plus ways to prevent relapses Various treatment models, including inpatient and out-patient programs and a review of new drug treatments The most effective types of psychological counseling The critical role of nutrition Non-traditional healing methods for recovery The importance of a spiritual component to recovery The authors also critique our nation's alcoholism policies, including education and prevention programs, efforts to curtail college bingeing and underage drinking, and the advertising and marketing strategies of the alcohol industry.

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Katherine Ketcham is the author of nine nonfiction books, including five on alcoholism. William Asbury, former Editor-In-Chief of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, writes and lectures frequently on the nation's alcohol problems. Mel Schulstad is former president and co-founder of the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors. Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli is director and chief psychologist of the Alternative Therapy Center of the Metrowest Medical Wellness Center in Natick, Massachusetts and is an instructor at Harvard Medical School.

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Praise for Beyond the Influence "Comprehensive, balanced yet provocative, Beyond the Influence blends up-to-date research findings with practical knowledge about the cause and consequences of this disease. An excellent resource that resonates with courage and conviction." --Ernest P. Noble, Ph.D., M.D., Pike Professor of Alcohol Studies, UCLA, and former Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism "A brave and lucid book...[that] will open many people's eyes and save many people's lives. A must-read for anyone dealing with alcoholism." --Jeff Jay, president of the Terry McGovern Foundation and director of Program Development at Brighton Hospital, Brighton, Michigan "A vital contribution for anyone who wants to understand the science of alcoholism, plus how to treat it." --Claudia Black, Ph.D., M.S.W., author of It will Never Happen to Me "A book of great importance...it furnishes a generous dose of hope...[and] a rallying cry for action." --Jay Lewis, former editor and publisher of The Alcoholism Report

Editorial reviews

A convincing argument for the medical model of alcoholism, with resulting recommendations for treatment. Ketcham (Under the Influence: A Guide to the Myths and Realities of Alcoholism, not reviewed), psychologist Ciaramicoli, and recovered alcoholics Asbury (former editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer) and Shulstad (cofounder of the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse counselors) maintain that alcoholism is a true medical disease rooted in abnormalities in brain chemistry. Alcoholics bodies simply respond differently to alcohol than everyone elsesa difference that is either rooted in genetics or acquired by intense and sustained exposure to alcohol. Alcoholism is not, they emphasize, a personality disorder or character defect. The authors examine what is known about the action of alcohol upon the body (both normal and alcoholic), then look at how a diagnosis of alcoholism can be established (most often, it is an inexact arta simple series of questions). They go on to explore the most effective treatments (first and foremost is lifelong abstinence from alcohol and drugs), particularly addressing the question of why a physical disease requires psychological and spiritual components in treatment. Finally, the authors name the beer, wine, and distilled-spirits industries as principal players in promoting our societys view of alcoholism as a psychological diseaseand propose educational, prevention, and treatment programs to institute change. A thorough, responsible presentation. (Kirkus Reviews)

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ALCOHOLISM IS A DISEASE. IT'S TIME WE STARTED TREATING IT LIKE ONE.Science has offered undisputed proof that alcoholism is a disease rather than a weakness of character, yet millions of alcoholics continue to suffer due to inappropriate treatment. Now the co-author of the modern classic Under the Influence has teamed up with prominent alcoholism policy and treatment experts to examine the reasons why alcoholism continues to plague our nation in epidemic proportions.Based on the latest scientific research, Beyond the Influence clearly explains the neurological nature of the disease and reveals why some people drink addictively while others do not. Beyond the Influence also spells out exactly what needs to be done to treat alcoholism, including: -- A step-by-step guide to intervention -- The crucial components of an effective treatment program -- The most successful types of psychological counseling -- The spiritual elements essential for recovery -- Methods for preventing relapses -- Nontraditional treatments, including diet, exercise, and acupuncture -- Ways to dispel the liquor-industry myth that alcohol is a benign drug that causes addiction only in those who "abuse" itProvocative and eye-opening, compelling and compassionate, Beyond the Influence is not only a message of hope for alcoholics -- it is a blueprint for saving lives.

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This invaluable work will contribute much to the battle against our number one disease." --from the Foreword by George McGovern, former senator and author of Terry: My Daughter's Life-and-Death Struggle with Alcoholism Alcoholism is a disease. It's time we started treating it like one. Science has offered undisputed proof that alcoholism is a disease rather than a weakness of character, yet millions of alcoholics continue to suffer due to inappropriate treatment. Now the co-author of the modern classic Under the Influence has teamed up with prominent alcoholism experts to provide new answers to this national epidemic. Based on the latest scientific research, Beyond the Influence clearly explains the neurological nature of the disease and reveals why some people drink addictively and others do not. It also spells out what needs to be done to treat alcoholism, including: Steps to take for an intervention How to find the right treatment program Which psychological approaches work best Why spirituality is essential to recovery New insights into relapse prevention What you should know about diet, exercise, and nontraditional treatments such as acupuncture Provocative and eye-opening, compelling and compassionate, Beyond the Influence is not only a message of hope for alcoholics--it is a blueprint for saving lives. BEYOND THE INFLUENCE explains that alcoholism is a disease of the body, not a weakness of character. Drawing on the latest scientific studies, the authors present new research on the central role of genetics and neurotransmitters in addiction. Continuing where the prior book left off, it also includes: Steps for diagnosis andintervention, plus ways to prevent relapses Various treatment models, including inpatient and out-patient programs and a review of new drug treatments The most effective types of psychological counseling The critical role of nutrition Non-traditional healing methods for recovery The importance of a spiritual component to recovery The authors also critique our nation's alcoholism policies, including education and prevention programs, efforts to curtail college bingeing and underage drinking, and the advertising and marketing strategies of the alcohol industry. -->