Item description for Addictive Thinking, Second Edition: Understanding Self-Deception by Abraham J. Twerski...
Overview Argues that addicts are unable to make healthy decisions, and that addictive thinking exists before substance abuse begins
Publishers Description Addictive thought is inherently self-deceptive, yet offers a superficial logic that can be misleading to the addict as well as to the addict's family members.
Abnormal thinking in addiction was originally recognized by members of Alcoholics Anonymous, who coined the term "stinking thinking." Addictive thinking often appears rational, but only on a superficial level. Addicts, as well as their family members, are easily seduced by the attendant--and erroneous--reasoning process it can foster.
In "Addictive Thinking, " author Abraham Twerski reveals how self-deceptive thought can undermine self-esteem and threaten the sobriety of a recovering individual. This timely revision of the original classic includes updated information and research on depression and affective disorders, the relationship between addictive thinking and relapse, and the origins of addictive thought. Ultimately, "Addictive Thinking" offers hope to those seeking a healthy and rewarding life in recovery.
Dr. Twerski is founder and medical director of the Gateway Rehabilitation Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A rabbi, psychiatrist, and chemical dependency counselor, he is the author of numerous journal articles and books including "Self Discovery in Recovery, I Didn't Ask to be in This Family: Sibling Relationships and How They Shame Adult Behavior and Dependencies, " and with "Peanuts" cartoonist Charles Schulz, "When Do the Good Things Start?"
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Dr. Abraham J. Twerski is the Founder and Medical Director Emeritus of Gateway Rehabilitation Center, a not-for-profit drug and alcohol treatment system in western Pennsylvania, cited nationally as one of the 12 best drug and alcohol treatment centers by Forces magazine and as one of the top 100 rehab centers in the guide to treatment, The 100 Best Treatment Centers for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.Dr. Twerski, an ordained rabbi, held a pulpit until 1959 when he graduated from Marquette University Medical School and went on to complete his psychiatric residency at the University of Pittsburgh Western Psychiatric Institute. For 20 years, he served as Clinical Director of the Department of Psychiatry at St. Francis Hospital, Pittsburgh, and currently is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.Twerski is recognized as an international authority in the chemical dependency field. He began the first Pennsylvania program for nurses with alcohol or drug problems, "Nurses Off Chemicals," served on the Governor's Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, and was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Medical Society Committee on the Impaired Physician. He appears frequently as a radio and television guest.A frequent lecturer on a broad range of topics, including stress, self-esteem, spirituality as well as chemical dependency, Twerski has also written 29 books to date including: Substance Abusing High Achievers; Life's Too Short; I'd Like to Call For Help, But I Don't Know the Number; Do Unto Others; and collaborative effort with Peanuts comic strip creator, Charles Schulz, When Do The Good Things Start?; Waking Up Just in Time; I Didn't Ask to be in This Family; and the soon to be released That's Not a Fault...It's a Character Trait.
Abraham J. Twerski currently resides in Milwaukee New York New York, in the state of Pennsylvania. Abraham J. Twerski was born in 1928.
Reviews - What do customers think about Addictive Thinking, Second Edition: Understanding Self-Deception?
On the spot insights, but covered cursorily and flimsily Oct 23, 2008
I read this book in two hours and then read it again. That is the problem. The book whisks you along, making a number of interesting and keen insights. But it is much too slight and wholly underdeveloped. Dr. Twerski needs to write a much longer book, developing and elaborating his insights regarding addiction. I understand his and his publisher's desire to reach as many people as possible, but a bits and pieces books that teases the reader with so many fine points really shortchanges the interested reader. Perhaps Twerski can write a longer book, fleshing out his ideas. Ultimately a disappointing and frustrating book for someone like me who is very interested in addiction.
One big plus: he focuses almost exclusively on drug and alcohol abuse and doesn't overgeneralize to so called addictions like overheating, over working, sexual obsession-compulsive behavior, etc. The word and concept of addiction have lost much of their meaning, or at least been heavily diluted, by their application to so many human problems.
Addictive Thinking Jul 19, 2008
Hello - this is actually a second hand review. I purchased this copy to give to parents of a twentys son who is struggling with addiction. They have said that it has answered a lot of questions for them. They are really pleased with the book. The mother said that it was almost as though the writer had overheard conversations with her son.
The basics Jul 12, 2008
I enjoyed the language and examples used in this book. Quick read with all the basics of cognitive therapy.
Absolute must-have for anyone interested in addictions Mar 15, 2008
I was assigned this book for my Biopsychosocial aspects of addictions course in grad school for counseling. This is definitely a book I will not be selling back. It is extremely reader-friendly and offers great insight into the way addicts think. Twerski does a fabulous job of explaining addictive behavior and cognitive processes as well as explaining codependency. Whether you're in school and studying addictions, just curious about the topic, or have an addict in your life, I strongly recommend reading this book.
I can quit reading this book any time I want Dec 6, 2007
For such a small book, it has a whole lot of insight into how addicts fool themselves into staying in their destructive patterns. I think this book would be useful both for the recovering addict (myself included) as well as family members who are struggling to understand and support recovery efforts. Dr. Twerski writes in a very clear, direct manner, and I find myself wishing the chapters were longer so I could learn even more. He tells of several of his experiences with patients which really help to drive his point home. If you are an addict or know of somebody struggling with addiction, I think this book can help you notice which behaviors should change.