Alternatives to Abstinence: A New Look at Alcoholism and the Choices in Treatment

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Over 50 million Americans struggle with alcohol. Is total abstinence the only answer? Chances are, you or someone you love has a drinking problem. Most of us think the only solution is the twelve-step program of groups like Alcoholics Anonymous. We readily accept that alcoholism is a disease and that the only path leading to a lasting recovery is quitting cold turkey. But what if this conventional wisdom is wrong? Now, Heather Ogilvie shows that there really are alternatives to abstinence in the new paperback edition of this groundbreaking book. This balanced and unbiased look at our current methods of treating problem drinkers will open your eyes to a world of treatment options beyond AA. Readers will discover: Why current attitudes toward alcoholism stem more from folk theories than from medical evidence. How expanding treatment options will lead to greater overall recovery rates. How decades of well-established research contradict popular belief about the nature of alcoholism as an irreversible disease. Descriptions of twelve alternative treatment options that are at least as effective as twelve-step programs. A comprehensive listing of public and private organizations, as well as individual therapists, specializing in alternative or traditional treatments.Finally, Americans will be able to discuss and treat problem drinking without the misinformation that has plagued us in the past. If AA has not worked for you, there are Alternatives to Abstinence.

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Heather Ogilvie is a New York based writer and editor. She has edited several other health related books including Living with Hepatitis C, Managed Care Ethics, and Women and Anxiety.

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A readable, informative, and balanced overview of...how problem drinkers might go about getting effective help. -- Frederick Rotgers, Psy.D., Assistant Chief Psychologist, Smithers Alcoholism Treatment and Training Center, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, NY

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Heather Ogilvie, Frederick Rotgers (Preface), A. Thomas Horvath (Foreword)
Published by Hatherleigh Press (2002)
ISBN 10: 1578261139 ISBN 13: 9781578261130
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