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Rewired: A Bold New Approach to Addiction and Recovery

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An addiction expert introduces a revolutionary and empowering approach to addiction recovery that addresses the whole self--mind, body, and spirit

Rewired is a new, breakthrough approach to fighting addiction and self-damaging behavior by acknowledging our personal power to bring ourselves back from the brink. Centered on the concept of self-actualization, Rewired will
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Hatherleigh Press
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Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Written with some interesting and clever phrases and references. I think it would have benefited from a lot more editing.

My main gripe is that this contains very simplistic, and at times offensively juvenile, views of the trauma and depression that is so often the root of addiction. No, people who are traumatized or suffering from real depression aren't like Eeyore with a cartoon stormcloud over their heads, and no, they can't simply look around and discover all the beauty around them, tell the
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a breath of fresh air. Starting with a sound case for each of us focusing on "authenticity" first, this book isn't hyping "bold" or "new." It's candid without attacking or defending anything. Love 12 - step approach or looking for something else, here's a good place to start.

It's great for someone brand new or someone bored with recovery.
Aug 25, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Please note: I didn't finish this book.

The book is quite repetitive in a way that made me think it was purposefully trying to fill pages with words. I was hoping for a book about addiction; what causes addiction, who becomes addicted, the affects on the brain and body, but it reads more like an AA meeting.

I'm sure someone will find this useful, but for someone who isn't an addict I found this book to be overbearing in it's approach and overall not interesting.
Lucille Zimmerman
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was a selfcare book more than a book related to addictions. I've spent the last ten years researching, writing, speaking, and blogging on selfcare, so nothing seemed new or revolutionary. However, if I was brand new to this topic, I would enjoy the book.

JJ Cárdenas
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Allow me to start this brief review, by providing you a definition for the word addiction. Addiction is the fact or condition of being dependent to a particular substance, thing or activity. Having said that, we have to be able to consciously acknowledge and accept that it is potentially possible that all of us, maybe, have developed an addiction to 'something', in some way. It does not have to be, necessarily, to a substance (such as alcohol, tobacco, opioids, cocaine, cannabis). It could be an ...more
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rewired by Erica Spiegelman provides a practical approach to addiction recovery, focusing on the recovery of body, mind and spirit through focal points such as: self-care, gratitude, time management, and my personal favorite-- authenticity.  The author clearly communicates pragmatic addiction recovery philosophies, making it suitable for both newly recovering addicts and seasoned veterans.  She connects to the reader on a personal level, revealing her personal hardships with addiction, triumphs, ...more
Tonya Jakubowski
One of the best books I’ve read recently on recovery. It focuses more on the underlying thinking and behaving which must be changed in order to sustain recovery beyond just putting down the substance. It’s like a blueprint for living covering all the basics. Honesty, evolution, compassion, Solitude, self-care, Boundaries, living your authentic self and learning to never censor that for anyone or anything.
Apr 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
Deceiving title; I thought it would be about the neuroplastic rewriring of the addicted brain. But there is no real in-depth discussion of science, research, or evidence-based methods of recovery. Since it barely skims the surface of the ideas in its content, I could skim the book without missing much. Mostly just platitudes and feel-good advice every addict has already heard before.
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How to Change Your Life

This book provides actions you need to take to change your life. How we think defines how we feel about the world and ourselves. Rewire your mind to create a better you.
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is filled with helpful tips for how to live life in a happier, more authentic way. It addresses many of the issues that cause addiction in the first place and talks about how to work to fix problems in your life.
Mar 24, 2020 rated it liked it
A helpful start to the lengthy journey that is recovery...
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Brought up many valid reflection questions and thinking points. I like it a lot
Sylvia Berg
Feb 24, 2017 rated it liked it
I think I expected more after reading such excellent reviews about this book. It's interesting and well written but a little confusing since the author promotes self-healing without any ouside help, while at the same time she talks about cases from her work as a therapist and the people she counsels. Another thing I found a little odd is that she doesn't talk about going to treatment herself until chapter 9, almost as if she didn't want to emphasize the fact that she herself needed treatment and ...more
Sarah Elise
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Catherine Townsend-Lyon
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Rewired" Is A New Way To Recover!

I have read many addiction/recovery books through the years. "Rewired" is an in-depth look at not only our addiction one may be in recovery for, but I like the way the author tackles the issues of the "damaging negative thinking, self-destructive habits, and addiction behaviors" that are self-damaging to our well-being and feeling whole again. I also liked that it can be used with or without another treatment and support option, like a 12-Step program, or NOT.
Recovery info that doesn't focus on the 12 Steps

It had some good information and it was concise, not a lot of repeated jargon. What I liked most was it didn't push the 12 Step method on the reader which unfortunately is too common in recovery books. I spent 4 years in AA and then decided to leave when I realized the program was holding me in life. It was the best decision I made since quitting drinking. Through my experience, I believe that the core of recovery is finding a purpose, a passion or
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This book seems more like a new age self-help book, even though it is directed towards addiction recovery, as it applies to much more in life. I felt it was like reading a book on magick without mentioning magick. A grimoire if you will. Would highly recommend this book to anyone wishing to improve their life. It is short, to the point and easy to read.
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Extraordinary! Very insightful. I would like to start a group using this book. I highly recommend it to anyone, especially those who are addicts or have addicted loved ones. Excellent!
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