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They say a camel is a horse designed by committee. This is how a group of anonymous recovery types put together their business about addiction (sic). What seems to be written by everyone is for everyone who has ever wanted to escape the trials and tribulations of drug addiction. At least the Big Book of AA had some God~inspiration, this one is a bit more analytical, perhaps because the group who collectively "chanelled" their Higher Power were trying to please too many people with too many angle...more
May 13, 2008 Courtney rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who has probably already received the recommendation.
Definitley a must read if you find yourself stealing pennies from free penny cups at gas stations to buy syringes, or find yourself to rehab. Hard to rate this, because for those who are given a copy after writing a "tuition" check or showing up to a meeting, the book can be amazing one minute and the worst bunch of useless paragraphs written the next. Overall, it is an excellent process for reentry to civilization and renewal of self worth.
Apr 10, 2009 Davis rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants a better way of life
Recommended to Davis by: Steve Horney
The "meat and potatoes" of the NA fellowship. When I first got sober, this book gave me sanity. Not many other books can hold this claim. Personally, i feel the stories in the back of this book better than the one's featured in the AA Big Book. Anyone who doesn't know what recovery is about, or wants to get sober should read this book.
Decent book. It does a good job of explaining the addict mentality. It's a little preachy though (hurr hurr ya think?) and it's written on like a 4th grade level because most of us have turned our brains into spam. Still, it's informative and the essays are interesting.
I read this book in support of a family member so that I could get a better understanding of what they were going thru and the recovery process. I didn't assign any stars to this, since honestly, I don't know how to rate it. I found the book to be educational and was a positive in helping me to have more educated discussions with my cousin. She's clean 5+ years now too, which is awesome!
Dec 05, 2012 Connie Beard rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in recovery
I absolutely love the Basic Text! Without it, I don't think I would still be clean or be a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. If you are an addict who really wants to quit using, you should read the Basic Text and give the NA program a chance. It works if you work it!
An everyday "bible" for anyone who's ever faced addiction issues - drugs or otherwise. This book has been, and continues to be, a life-saving tool for addicts. I've read this book numerous times over the years and it continues to motivate and inspire me.
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