By Irving Cohen
Examines the profile of the addict, the character of habit, and explains the curler coaster syndrome that may capture blameless humans. Too many of us have suffered needlessly at the curler coaster of habit. Dr. Cohen is familiar with that dependancy is a robust seize and hopes that individuals will realize that addicts are neither susceptible nor undesirable humans. they're simply those that underestimated the risk they have been dealing with.
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I continued to listen carefully and asked more pointed questions. An important psychological defense mechanism called "denial" makes many people who are addicted unwittingly minimize their problem. These extra questions often uncover a much more devastating addiction then the person seeking help first admits. Alice did not seem to be alcoholic nor did she seem to have ever deliberately sought drugs. She claimed to have taken one or two drinks at social occasions a few times a year when her husband was alive.
Ask God for help. It is too big a job for us alone. IRVING A. H. TOPEKA, KANSAS Page xiii Introduction: The High-Low Trap Millions of Americans have been trapped by a vicious, biologic phenomena called addiction. No sane person ever started out intending to become an addict, yet millions of our neighbors are either addicted to chemicals today or may have spent years trying to free themselves from this vicious trap. This book is dedicated to those who have been trapped on the roller coaster ride of chemical dependency.
This simple approach, although it may be useful in limited circumstances, has never truly succeeded by itself. When it is found that this behavioral approach has not worked, you may have concluded that the sufferer was simply a bad person or beyond help. Others want you to believe that addiction is purely a biologic Page xv event and that the complex behavior of addicted people can be understood solely within the chemistry or genetic laboratory. If you held to such theories, addiction cannot be caused by wrong behavior and any use of a drug is predestined by biology.