Addiction: self-help books

7 Tools to Beat Addiction
Author Stanton Peele, 2004

'A clearly written book for those seeking to overcome addiction without recourse to a 12-step programme'

Review: This book is aimed at readers who wish to beat addiction without treatment or recourse to a 12-step programme. The writer points to the fact that people quit addictions on their own all the time, and drawing on research and clinical studies, aims to help the reader do just that. It helps readers identify and build on those values which are important to them, develop motivation, create situations where the rewards for not drinking outweigh the rewards for drinking, identify their own strengths and weaknesses, resourcing themselves where there are gaps, access supports, build self-respect and ultimately pursue higher goals. Overall this book is very readable and offers the reader proven methods to beat addiction. 

Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives To Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening
Authors Robert Meyers & Brenda Wolfe, 2003

'A clearly written supportive book for readers concerned about their loved one’s drinking'.

Suitable for Carers
This book is aimed at readers who are concerned about their loved one’s drinking. Based on a research-supported model, it seeks to outline alternatives to the begging, pleading and threatening that so many of us engage in when faced with our loved one’s problematic drinking. It outlines alternative ways the reader can communicate their concern so that arguments are minimised and the chance that the loved one will seek help and become sober is maximised. Written in a gentle but empowering way the book also provides practical advice about safety, living with someone whose drinking is problematic and relapse prevention. Not tied in with any one treatment approach, this book will be helpful to any family member concerned about a loved one.

Overcoming Compulsive Gambling
Author Alex Blaszczynski, 2010

'A clearly written, non-judgemental self-help guide for readers seeking to overcome problematic gambling'.

Review: Written in a clear and accessible style, this book provides the reader with a self-help guide to overcoming gambling. It is aimed at readers whose gambling has become excessive and is causing distress to themselves or others. It is particularly aimed at those whose problem gambling may still be at an early stage or those who move between controlled and problem gambling. The book is divided into two parts. Part one explores the nature of problem gambling, how it affects the individual and how it impacts on those around him or her. Part two, written from a Cognitive Behavioural perspective, helps the reader prepare for change, build motivation, monitor their gambling, identify triggers and irrational beliefs about gambling and develop the skills which will help them overcome the urge to gamble. Overall this is a very readable book with many engaging and helpful exercises.

Overcoming Problem Drinking
Author Marcantonio Spada, 2006

'A clearly written self-help guide for anyone seeking to address their own problem drinking'.

Review: Written in a clear and accessible style, this book helps readers take a healthier approach to their drinking. Problem drinking is defined as any drinking which causes you or someone else problems, in any area of your life. This book is written from a Cognitive Behavioural perspective helping the reader make sense of and challenge the thoughts and behaviours that exacerbate and maintain their own drinking problems. It looks at how and why drinking can become a problem, provides exercises to build the individual’s motivation to change and focuses the reader on the key skills that will help with high risk situations. It also provides useful tips regarding relaxation and sleep. Overall a very readable and potentially helpful book.