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7 Tools to Beat Addiction

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  38 ratings  ·  11 reviews

Whether you are battling drugs, nicotine, alcohol, food, shopping, sex, or gambling, 7 Tools to Beat Addiction is a hands-on, practical guide to overcoming addiction of any kind. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction but do not find that twelve-step or other treatment programs work for you, this book can help.

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ebook, 288 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Harmony (first published July 27th 2004)
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I wish I could be the editor for some of these self-help books. I'm sure I could help these guys reach a larger audience. This book for instance is terribly confused about who the audience is: the addict or the friend or counselor of the addict. The material jumps all over from tools that might help an addict to tools that might help a family member to things a counselor might need to know. There are sections about helping a teen who could be headed toward addiction and sections that teach an ad ...more
There is absolutely no scientific studies or basis for his claims, but for those who agnostic or atheist and want to try a non AA method perhaps it would work. I can't say as I really found the comment '7 tools' rather vague so I can't see how it could help anyone. A lot of this book can also be found else in the New Age Self Help ouevre but I think Ken Christian's book is far better.
Melanie Solomon
This book offers a really great new way of looking at alcoholism and drug addiction. It is supported by the research that has been going on for over two decades, which the general public is largely unaware of, at least in the U.S. It is about time that we start looking at alternatives to Alcoholics Anonymous, which according to research only has about a 5% success rate, so that the other 95% can get the help we need! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is still struggling with an al ...more
Aaron Wallentine
Jan 09, 2014 Aaron Wallentine rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 12-steppers or those frustrated by the 12 steps
I find Stanton Peele's take on addiction and recovery to be quite refreshing and sensical, and I'm glad his voice is out there among all the 12-step s...more I find Stanton Peele's take on addiction and recovery to be quite refreshing and sensical, and I'm glad his voice is out there among all the 12-step stuff that is out there. I almost said "12-step junk", but maybe that's a bit too harsh. That said, I think that 12-step dogma is definitely worth questioning, and Stanton Peele is one of the b ...more
Beth Atwood
A good alternative philosophy (and one I tend to agree with more) than AA and the twelve steps. Favorite tidbits:
*The simplest answer to the question "When do people change?" is "When they want to."
*While it is customary to label such denial as dysfunctional (people who don't label themselves as addicts), it seems that for many--indeed, for the typical alcohol-, gambling-, or sex-dependent individual--NOT acknowledging they were addicted actually made it EASIER for them to escape the addictive b
I figured if this works for crackheads, it should hopefully make a dent in my own bad habits. What it did was really change how I view what addiction is (it's rather scathing on AA's abdication of personal responsibility) and how people really break behaviors. I'd suggest it, even if you don't have any serious addictions to break!
Lyssa Danehy deHart
I started this book due to a work issue, it is really good and has some good new ways to think about addiction, to include all addictions not just alcohol or drugs. Very good info - I am recommending it to people interested in this topic.
Stanton has my respect, psychologist and an attorney, (fights the court villains who mandate AA). His book is forthright, and simple, "Values, Motivation, Rewards, Resources, Support, Maturity, Higher Goals."

I thought this was worth reading for the chapter on Mature Identity alone. So much of it resonated with what I've experienced in my life.
this guy is the anti-aa -- and i think he may be on to something -- focus is on self-efficacy in overcoming addictions of all kinds.
Lisa Vegan
Another Mickey Mouse CEU class, but it was refreshing to have another perspective than the dominant 12 step program philosophy.
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