7 Tools to Beat Addiction by Stanton Peele

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Almost no one drinks or takes drugs as constantly as any smoker, unless he or she is a caged animal in a laboratory study. Nonetheless, by the 1980s, after the health threats of smoking became widely publicized, about half of Americans who had ever smoked addictively quit. , nicotine gums and patches) have been made available. But treated smokers are still a small minority of ex-smokers. You can prove this by asking any group of middle-aged Americans if any of them have quit smoking, and then asking how many did so through a support group or any form of treatment (like a nicotine patch).

3 Pretty powerful stuff! In this day and age, social shaming might seem outdated, ludicrous, even psychologically damaging. Nonetheless, within Chinese culture—a very large group worldwide—it has been a very effective technique for training children. Few other communities are as unified in their values as Chinatown was in the 1950s. However, ethnic and religious groups still convey strong values about substance use and abuse. One group long noted for its distinctive drinking style is the Jews. In 2000 an exhibit entitled “Drink and Be Merry: Wine and Beer in Ancient Times” came to the Jewish Museum of New York.

President, SMART Recovery, president, Practical Recovery Services, and author of Sex, Drugs, Gambling & Chocolate: A Workbook for Overcoming Addictions Acknowledgments As he has been for decades, Archie Brodsky was my most capable and most assiduous helper. Building on his long familiarity with my ideas and writing, his inputs were critical in the planning, writing, and editing of this book. For all of this, I express my deep gratitude. He also commented on book design issues with the assistance of Vicki Hochstedler, who was likewise an ever-willing and able helper.

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