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Rational Recovery: The New Cure for Substance Addiction

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When clinical social worker Jack Trimpey introduced the concepts of Rational Recovery in 1986, it marked a major breakthrough in the field of alcohol and drug addiction. More than a philosophy or therapy, and not dependent on spiritual beliefs, Rational Recovery offers an aggressive self-help program to take charge of one's behavior immediately. Now this proven process is ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 1st 1996 by Gallery Books
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Got this book a while back..and started reading it and wasn't too sure at first ..but I have picked it up again ..and it really is great. I think it is a great alternative to AA or not even an alternative..just a great way to start thinking differently or approaching situations that sometimes have a tendency to influence you to rebel against responsibility. I like the way he writes and how it is about helping yourself and not surrendering yourself to some 12 step program or to the church. This b ...more
God knows there needs to be some alternative to the 12-step monopoly when it comes to treating addiction, and this book is a refreshing alternative to the image of the hopeless, eternal "alcoholic" who has to confess his sins to some imaginary "higher power." A lot of the advice given is somewhat simplistic and based in common sense, but I don't think that detracts too much from the work. We get a little too much of the author's political viewpoints (many of which I happen to agree with), which ...more
Jack Trimpey has some valid points regarding logical inconsistencies of the twelve step programs and philosophy but his writing style detracts considerably from the effectiveness of his presentation. I have no issue with the idea that AA and its brethern may not work for everyone but from Trimpey's soapbox point of view one pictures a program that works for no one and in fact causes irreparable harm. Given his emphasis on personal choice and free will, he seems to entirely ignore the fact that p ...more
not bad, interesting mind set, I disagree with some of what He writes, as he bases his ideas on what he 'did not learn in therapy' and ultimately calls therapy a waste, which it could be, however, he had to experience this in order to get to where he is at,
also, he sort of slams the 12-step program when it has worked for people in the past, present and probably will in the future,

obviously he just offers a different route, however, as an author, recovered person, I would hope he could AT LEAST
Some of the criticisms of AA and other 12-step programs were valid - those programs are certainly not for everyone and should not be revered as the gospel truth. However, the author provides very simplified arguements and goes way too far in his criticism of AA. More importantly, I was really dismayed by how the author dismisses and minimizes the role of childhood trauma and abuse in substance addiction. Yes, adults should take responsibilty for their actions no matter what has happened to them ...more
Ok, so I admit I'm not reading this because I am an alcoholic, but I have friends who have been in the past and have recommended it. I think it's a really great read for any sort of addiction or habits you are unhappy with. Just replace the word drinking or alcohol with your vice of choice. I have not finished it admittedly or implemented every strategy. While I completely agree with the recommendations, I think you do need to be in a place where you are entirely ready to let go of whatever copi ...more
Thanks to this book I have been alcohol-free for five years.
A great read for any bad habits you want to dispel
A very different approach from the 12-Step AA process. If this really works, it could be life changing for those that suffer. I'll get a chance to see it in action with three addicts. Time will tell, but it has great posibilities.
Ben Pound
I found this book a refreshing read for someone not particularly happy with the current diluted state of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Sarah Billing
I enjoyed the book - give it to J June 2011 with a pray that it helps him.
Bryce Foster
this book would be way cooler if the author was less butthurt about AA
Raechelle Thomas
My number one defense in overcoming alcohol addiction.
Dror Rosenbach
Very inspiring. Cognitive therapy really...
Jason Brown
Biased, proprietary, but useful.
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