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Slaying the Dragon The History of Addiction Treatment and Recovery in America

Slaying the Dragon  The History of Addiction Treatment and Recovery in America Author William L. White
ISBN-10 0692213465
Release 2014-07-01
Pages 558
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"This is the remarkable story of America's personal and instituional responses to alcoholism and other addictions. It is the story of mutual aid societies: the Washingtonians, the Blue Ribbon Reform Clubs, the Ollapod Club, the United Order of Ex-Boozers, the Jacoby Club, Alcoholics Anonymous and Women for Sobriety. It is a story of addiction treatment institutions from the inebriate asylums and Keeley Institutes to Hazelden and Parkside. It is the story of evolving treatment interventions that range from water cures and mandatory sterilization to aversion therapies and methadone maintenance. William White has provided a sweeping and engaging history of one of America's most enduring problems and the profession that was birthed to respond to it" -- BACK COVER.

Slaying the Dragon

Slaying the Dragon Author William L. White
ISBN-10 UOM:39015040166186
Release 1998-01-01
Pages 390
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"The product of more than 20 years of research, Slaying the Dragon is the remarkable story of America's personal and institutional responses to alcoholism and other addictions. It is the story of mutual aid societies: the Washingtonians, the Blue Ribbon Reform Clubs, the Ollapod Club, the United Order of Ex-Boozers, the Jacoby Club, Alcoholics Anonymous, and Women for Sobriety. It is a story of addiction treatment institutions from the inebriate asylums and the Keely Institutes to Hazelden and Parkside. It is a story of evolving treatment interventions that range from water cures and mandatory sterilization to aversion therapies and methadone maintenance. Author William White provides a sweeping and engaging history of one of America's most enduring problems and the profession that was born to respond to it."--publisher website.

History of Addiction and Recovery in the United States

History of Addiction and Recovery in the United States Author Michael Lemanski
ISBN-10 1884365264
Release 2001-01-01
Pages 154
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The American 12-step addictions treatment system is a mess. It's hideously expensive ($10 billion a year) and almost utterly ineffective. Despite treating tens of millions of Americans, it has done essentially nothing to lower the rate of alcohol and drug abuse in this country. This book traces our current addictions treatment system from its beginnings to the present day, and explains how and why it developed in the way that it did. But A History of Addiction and Recovery in the United States goes beyond this and provides practical information on the effectiveness of a wide variety of treatment and self-help approaches. Because of the ineffectiveness of the dominant treatment approaches and self-help groups, individuals looking for assistance in dealing with addictions problems would be well advised to explore alternative treatment and recovery options. This book will provide the reader with invaluable help in that exploration.


Hooked Author Lonny Shavelson
ISBN-10 9781565847798
Release 2002-11-01
Pages 320
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A study of the modern drug rehabilitation system follows the struggles of five addicts as they make their way through the complex maze of drug treatment and calls for an integrated approach that treats the root causes of drug abuse.

Recovery Rising

Recovery Rising Author William L. White
ISBN-10 197605186X
Release 2017-09-30
Pages 502
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Recovery Rising is the professional memoir of William White, who, over the span of five decades, evolved through several diverse roles to emerge as the addiction field's preeminent historian and one of its most visionary voices and prolific writers. Recovery Rising contains the stories, reflections, and lessons learned within one man's personal and professional journey. Recounted here are many of the ideas, methods, people, and organizations that shaped the modern history of addiction treatment and recovery. These engaging stories are at times poignant and at times humorous, but always revealing, informative, and inspiring. William White's peers will find their life's work affirmed in these pages and a younger generation of addiction professionals and recovery advocates will feel the passing of a torch.

The Little Book

The Little Book Author Roger Paul Couvrette
ISBN-10 0991717406
Release 2013-02-20
Pages 64
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"A celebration of the varieties of recovery experience." From the foreword by William L. White, author, "Slaying the Dragon: The History of Addiction Treatment and Recovery in America." "There are many versions of the 12-Step program of recovery. In fact, there are about as many versions as there are alcoholics in AA who use the program to get sober and to maintain their sobriety." Thus begins "The Little Book: A Collection of Alternative 12 Steps." Inside: * Twenty alternative versions of the 12 Steps reflecting a wide range of philosophical, professional, religious, and cultural perspectives and traditions. * Four interpretations of each of the Steps by well-known authors Stephanie Covington ("A Woman's Way through the Twelve Steps"), Therese Jacobs-Stewart ("Mindfulness and the 12 Steps"), Allen Berger ("The Therapeutic Value of the 12 Steps") and Gabor Mate ("In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts"). * Templates so the reader can write her or his own personal alternative 12 Steps as well as record insights into - and interpretations of - each of the Steps. * An essay that accurately and insightfully traces the origins of the AA 12-Step recovery program. The Little Book is a celebration of the many ways people are today adapting and interpreting the original 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous in order to achieve a "personality change sufficient to bring about recovery from alcoholism." "A beautiful testimony to AA's living history." Ernest Kurtz, author, "Not God: A History of Alcoholics Anonymous."

Handbook of Addictive Disorders

Handbook of Addictive Disorders Author Robert Holman Coombs
ISBN-10 9780471652335
Release 2004-04-28
Pages 600
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The most comprehensive source for the latest research and practice techniques for diagnosing and treating addictive disorders "This book brings together an array of international experts on addictive disorders. Robert Coombs's Handbook of Addictive Disorders discusses the contemporary issues surrounding the understanding of addiction, from diagnosis to treatment of an addicted client. The Handbook of Addictive Disorders is an example of practical and clinical information at its best." -Lorraine D. Grymala, Executive Director American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders The Handbook of Addictive Disorders: A Practical Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art resource, featuring valuable contributions from a multidisciplinary team of leading experts. This unique guide deftly defines addiction and examines its comorbidity with other problems. Subsequent chapters present an overview of addictive disorders coupled with strategies for accurately diagnosing them, planning effective treatment, and selecting appropriate interventions. Chapters on public policy and prevention are of indispensable value in light of this growing health concern. The only reference available to cover the full spectrum of addictions and addictive behaviors, the Handbook of Addictive Disorders provides the most current research and treatment strategies for overcoming: Chemical dependency Workaholism Compulsive gambling Eating disorders Sex addiction Compulsive buying This useful guide features case studies, figures and diagrams, lists of practical interventions for each disorder, and self-assessment exercises for clients. Psychologists, addiction counselors, social workers, and others working in the addictions field will find the Handbook of Addictive Disorders to be an essential resource for practical, validated information on all types of addictions and their related problems.

The Myth of Addiction

The Myth of Addiction Author John Booth Davies
ISBN-10 3718651971
Release 1992-01-01
Pages 180
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First published in 1992. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


Drunks Author Christopher M. Finan
ISBN-10 9780807001790
Release 2017
Pages 326
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"A social history of alcoholism in the United States, from the seventeenth century to the present day Today, millions of Americans are struggling with alcoholism, but millions are also in long-term recovery. Alcoholics Anonymous and a growing number of recovery organizations are providing support for alcoholics who will face the danger of relapse for the rest of their lives. We have finally come to understand alcoholism as a treatable illness, rather than a moral failure. Today's advocates can draw inspiration from the victories of sober drunks throughout American history. Christopher Finan recounts the nation's history with alcohol and its search for sobriety, which began among Native Americans in the colonial period, when liquor was used to cheat them of their property. He introduces us to the first of a colorful cast of characters, a remarkable Iroquois leader named Handsome Lake, who dedicated his life to helping his people renounce hard liquor. And we meet Carrie Nation, the wife of an alcoholic who destroyed bars with an ax in her anger over what alcohol had done to her family, as well as the idealistic and energetic Washingtonians, reformed drunks who led the first national movement to save men like themselves. Finan also tells the dramatic story of Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, the two drunks who helped each other stay sober and then created AA, which survived its tumultuous early years and has made it possible for millions of men and women to quit drinking. This is narrative history at its best: entertaining and authoritative, an important portrait of one of America's great liberation movements"--

The Collected Ernie Kurtz

The Collected Ernie Kurtz Author Ernest Kurtz
ISBN-10 9780595520992
Release 2008
Pages 252
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Ernest Kurtz has been the outstanding thinker of the A.A. tradition's second generation, the one who played a constant leadership role in pushing the movement towards the highest professional standards of history writing and supplied some of its most influential interpretive concepts. His ideas are vitally important for anyone who wishes to understand A.A. history during the period following Bill Wilson's death in 1971. As a Ph.D. student at Harvard University in the 1970's, he was the first researcher to be granted full access to the archives of Alcoholics Anonymous. The book that resulted, Not-God: A History of Alcoholics Anonymous (1979), is still the classic work on early A.A. history. His book on the spiritual life-Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham, The Spirituality of Imperfection: Modern Wisdom from Classic Stories (1992)-is equally well known, and has also been an enduring best seller through the years since it appeared. His work on Shame & Guilt (orig. pub. 1981, rev. ed. 2007) has given a whole new depth to the discussion of those two vital recovery issues. This present book, containing twelve key articles written by Kurtz between 1982 and 1996, gives us a fourth volume from his hand, displaying the impressive range and breadth of his thought on alcoholism, addiction, and spirituality. "Here under one cover is Kurtz at his best: historian, gadfly, teacher, interpreter, and master storyteller This is must reading for any student of Alcoholics Anonymous and the evolution of spirituality in America." -William L. White, author of Slaying the Dragon: The History of Addiction Treatment and Recovery in America

Drunkard s Refuge

Drunkard s Refuge Author John William Crowley
ISBN-10 1558494308
Release 2004-01-01
Pages 127
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Opened during the Civil War in 1864, the New York State Inebriate Asylum in Binghamton was the first medically directed addiction treatment center in the United States. In this book, John W. Crowley and William White provide a lively account of this pioneering facility and its charismatic founder, Dr. Joseph Edward Turner. Based on Turner's recently rediscovered papers, the story is one of plots and intrigues, charges and countercharges, criminal accusations and indictments, and the plundering of a historic institution. Turner, who had developed an interest in alcoholism as a medical student, spent years championing the idea of a publicly funded hospital for the treatment of inebriety. His efforts to realize his vision repeatedly ran into obstacles, including strong opposition from religious and temperance groups, who refused to consider alcohol addiction a medical disorder, and a skeptical state legislature. After the asylum finally opened, funded in part by alcohol-related tax revenues, Turner and other doctors became embroiled in a power struggle over treatment philosophy, while patients and family members bristled at what they considered excessive rules and regulations. Within three years Turner had been forced out and the hospital had ceased to function as an institution specializing in the care of inebriates. Crowley, a literary scholar, and White, a clinical researcher, have written this book with a broad readership in mind, including individuals working and living within the worlds of addiction treatment and recovery. At a time when the treatment of addiction is facing fresh challenges to its core ideas, clinical practices, and economic infrastructure, the authors show that the lessons of the New York State Inebriate Asylum are no less relevant to the present than to the past.

Slaying the Dragon

Slaying the Dragon Author Michael Johnson
ISBN-10 078819660X
Release 1996-01-01
Pages 232
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In the 1996 Olympics, Michael Johnson achieved what no other runner had ever accomplished -- capturing two gold medals in the 200 meters & the 400 meters & shattering the previous world record set in the 200 by a staggering margin. It looked to the world as if Johnson had reached the pinnacle of his profession -- except for the stumble out of the blocks. For while Johnson knew that he was the fastest man alive, he also knew that there were still mountains to conquer. In this book, he shares his secrets on how to identify your own dragon, your own fears & goals, & how to apply his winning techniques to your personal & professional lives. Illustrated.

Many Faces One Voice

Many Faces  One Voice Author Bud Mikhitarian
ISBN-10 9781937612948
Release 2015-05-18
Pages 400
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A vital record of the lives and testimony of brave people who have come out of the shadows of anonymity.

The Road to Fellowship

The Road to Fellowship Author Richard M. Dubiel
ISBN-10 9780595307401
Release 2004-01
Pages 212
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The Emmanuel Movement and the Jacoby Club, founded in Boston in 1906 and 1909, were enormously popular movements, which had thirty years of impressive success in treating alcoholics. Like Alcoholics Anonymous, they were also based on fellowship among recovering alcoholics and involved a synthesis between lay psychological counseling and spirituality. Professor Dubiel shows us the many dimensions of that fascinating world of early twentieth century thought, which supplied such an important part of the cultural seedbed out of which the founders of A.A. gathered their ideas. He also traces the indirect influence of the Emmanuel Movement on early A.A. through Rowland Hazard III and Richard R. Peabody, and the more direct influence of the Jacoby Club through early Boston A.A., which began in 1940 in the Jacoby Club quarters at 159 Newbury Street and was originally linked to them rather than the Oxford Group. The influence of this Boston-style A.A. was subsequently passed on to the rest of the United States through the second most published A.A. author, Richmond Walker and his Twenty-Four Hours a Day book.

Empowering Your Sober Self

Empowering Your Sober Self Author Martin Nicolaus
ISBN-10 0470449152
Release 2009-03-27
Pages 272
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Empowering Your Sober Self has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Empowering Your Sober Self also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Empowering Your Sober Self book for free.


Methamphetamine Author Ralph Weisheit
ISBN-10 9781592858385
Release 2009-08-19
Pages 296
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The definitive book on the impact of methamphetamine on individuals, communities, and society by two of America's leading addiction and criminal justice experts. In recent years, the media have inundated us with coverage of the horrors that befall methamphetamine users, and the fires, explosions, and toxic waste created by meth labs that threaten the well-being of innocent people. In Methamphetamine: Its History, Pharmacology, and Treatment, the first book in Hazelden's Library of Addictive Drugs series, Ralph Weisheit and William L. White examine the nature and extent of meth use in the United States, from meth's early reputation as a "wonder drug" to the current perception that it is a "scourge" of society.In separating fact from fiction, Weisheit and White provide context for understanding the meth problem by tracing its history and the varying patterns of use over time, then offer an in-depth look at:the latest scientific findings on the drug's effects on individualsthe myths and realities of the drug's impact on the mindthe national and international implications of methamphetamine productionthe drug's impact on rural communities, including a case study of two counties in the Midwestissues in addiction and treatment of meth.Thoroughly researched and highly readable, Methamphetamine offers a comprehensive understanding of medical, social, and political issues concerning this highly impactful drug.Written for professionals and serious lay readers by nationally recognized experts, the books in the Library of Addictive Drugs series feature in-depth, comprehensive, and up-to-date information on the most commonly abused mood-altering substances.

Addiction and Choice

Addiction and Choice Author Director National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre Nick Heather
ISBN-10 9780198727224
Release 2016-09-22
Pages 512
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The central problem in the study of addiction is to explain why people repeatedly behave in ways they know are bad for them. For much of the previous century and until the present day, the majority of scientific and medical attempts to solve this problem were couched in terms of involuntary behaviour; if people behave in ways they do not want, then this must be because the behaviour is beyond their control and outside the realm of choice. An opposing tradition, which finds current support among scientists and scholars as well as members of the general public, is that so-called addictive behavior reflects an ordinary choice just like any other and that the concept of addiction is a myth. The editors and authors of this book tend to take neither view. There has been an increasing recognition in recent literature on addiction that restricting possible conceptions of it to either of these extreme positions is unhelpful and is retarding progress on understanding the nature of addiction and what could be done about it. This book contains a range of views from philosophy, neuroscience, psychiatry, psychology and the law on what exactly this middle ground between free choice and no choice consists of and what its implications are for theory, practice and policy on addiction. The result amounts to a profound change in our thinking on addiction and how its devastating consequences can be ameliorated. Addiction and Choice is a thought provoking new volume for all those with an interest in this global issue.