By Stanton Peele
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More than anything, this book makes it clear that you are the primary agent of change. Obviously, this book is not in tune with most American addiction theory and therapy, which overwhelmingly favors the twelve-step philosophy. These treatments insist on the premise that the individual is powerless over an addiction. In reviewing the extensive research on alcohol and other addiction treatment, however, we actually find that self-efficacy therapies, which focus on the individual’s power and self-reliance, succeed the best.
Outwardly calm, Ozzie did not have obvious reasons for smoking. Nonetheless, he continued to smoke into the early 1960s. But Ozzie quit smoking in 1963, the year before the surgeon general’s 1964 report on the cancer-causing nature of cigarettes gave many people a reason to quit. I didn’t actually notice my uncle had quit until years after the fact, when I saw him at a family gathering when I was home from school, after I had become interested in the question of addiction. ” Ozzie then told me his story.
If, on the other hand, you have other values that run against compulsive sexual activity, eating, or shopping, then these values can serve as an important tool with which to root out your addiction. Many people find that alcohol is tremendously relaxing, sexually exhilarating, or provides some other powerful, welcome feeling—but they do not become alcoholics. They simply refuse to go there. Have you ever heard someone say, “I know that when I have more than one drink, I throw all caution to the wind”?
7 Tools to Beat Addiction by Stanton Peele