Beyond the Influence: Understanding and Defeating Alcoholism Understanding and Defeating Alcoholism (Paperback)
|Author: Katherine/ Asbury Ketcham||Joint Author: William F. Asbury||Contribution By: William F. Asbury|
|ALCOHOLISM IS A DISEASE. IT'S TIME WE STARTED TREATING IT LIKE ONE.|
Science has offered undisputed proof that alcoholism is a disease rather than a weakness of character, yet millions of alcoholics continue to suffer due to inappropriate treatment. Now the co-author of the modern classic Under the Influence has teamed up with prominent alcoholism policy and treatment experts to examine the reasons why alcoholism continues to plague our nation in epidemic proportions.
Based on the latest scientific research, Beyond the Influence clearly explains the neurological nature of the disease and reveals why some people drink addictively while others do not. Beyond the Influence also spells out exactly what needs to be done to treat alcoholism, including:
Provocative and eye-opening, compelling and compassionate, Beyond the Influence is not only a message of hope for alcoholics -- it is a blueprint for saving lives.
From the Publisher:
BEYOND THE INFLUENCE offers a cutting-edge look at how to treat alcoholism, updating and expanding the research and arguments first presented 18 years ago in Under the Influence, which has sold 800,000 copies. |BEYOND THE INFLUENCE explains that alcoholism is a disease of the body, not a weakness of character. Drawing on the latest scientific studies, the authors present new research on the central role of genetics and neurotransmitters in addiction. Continuing where the prior book left off, it also includes: |Steps for diagnosis and intervention, plus ways to prevent relapses Various treatment models, including inpatient and out-patient programs and a review of new drug treatments The most effective types of psychological counseling The critical role of nutrition Non-traditional healing methods for recovery The importance of a spiritual component to recovery The authors also critique our nation's alcoholism policies, including education and prevention programs, efforts to curtail college bingeing and underage drinking, and the advertising and marketing strategies of the alcohol industry.
Emphasizing the medical aspect of alcoholism, Ketcham and Asbury vie for adequate and due understanding of this disease, as they present facts, statistics, explanations, and responsible methods for aiding alcoholics.
"A thorough, responsible presentation." 3/15/2000