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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (13 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lance M. Dodes Narrator: John Meaghe Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Finally—a road map to recovery from the nation's most original thinker on addiction

In his revolutionary book The Heart of Addiction, Dr. Lance Dodes examined the underlying emotions that drive addictive behaviors—whether drinking, gambling, sex, or eating. Now, in Breaking Addiction, Dodes presents a comprehensive guide outlining seven critical steps to overcome addiction, based on his findings.

Through his practice and research, Dodes has found that virtually every addictive act is preceded by feelings of helplessness. In his refreshingly clear style, Dodes incorporates case stories to illustrate exactly how these feelings set addiction in motion, how to recognize the path toward addiction—and then how to take back control.

Many people, discouraged by current treatments, have been hungry for an approach that digs addiction up by its roots. Since the publication of The Heart of Addiction, Dodes's ideas have been incorporated by therapists and treatment centers around the country, and are taught by universities and training centers for clinicians.

With special sections for both families and health-care professionals, Breaking Addiction is poised to be the handbook for a new, comprehensive, and in-depth understanding of addiction.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This groundbreaking work should become the ‘go-to’ handbook for anyone suffering with addiction. Its easy-to-read style takes sophisticated ideas and turns them into memorable examples. I highly recommend it.”

    Edward Hallowell, MD, author of Answers to Distraction and Superparenting for ADD

  • “A brave, wise, and humane book.”

    Stanton Peele, PhD, author of 7 Tools to Beat Addiction and The Life Process Program of Treatment

  • “Dodes, an eminent researcher of addiction at Harvard Medical School and author of the groundbreaking The Heart of Addiction, has hit another home run by focusing on getting to the root of addictive behavior...Dodes’ common-sense methodology, based on introspection and proactive alternatives to the compulsion, is nothing short of revolutionary.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This thoughtful guide by a Harvard psychotherapist says addictions are not the result of weakness but are an attempt to regain control in the midst of disempowering emotional distress...John Meagher’s serious tone fits this psychodynamic approach to a pernicious mental health challenge. Though his tone is reserved and formal, he doesn’t sound stuffy or aloof. A softness in his voice reaches out to listeners and promotes openness to personal growth.” 


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sally Smith | 1/7/2013

    " This is a short but fascinating book on insights into addiction and its treatment. He oversimplifies things, I believe, but his insights into the nature of addiction are fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Julie | 6/24/2011

    " Highly readable, sensible & practical. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Julie | 4/14/2011

    " Highly readable, sensible & practical. "

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About the Author

Lance M. Dodes, MD, is assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in the Division on Addictions. He has been director of the substance abuse treatment unit of Harvard's McLean Hospital and director of the Boston Center for Problem Gambling. He has been elected a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry.