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The Sober Truth

Paperback $16.00

Mar 17, 2015 | 192 Pages

Hardcover $26.95

Mar 25, 2014 | 192 Pages

Ebook $15.99

Mar 25, 2014 | 192 Pages

  • Paperback $16.00

    Mar 17, 2015 | 192 Pages

  • Hardcover $26.95

    Mar 25, 2014 | 192 Pages

  • Ebook $15.99

    Mar 25, 2014 | 192 Pages

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“A searing critique of the rehab industry.”
—Psychotherapy Networker

“As always, Dr. Dodes offers a humane, science-based, global view of addiction. The Sober Truth is an essential, bracing critique of the rehab industry and its ideological foundations that we have much to learn from.”
—Gabor Maté M.D., author of In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction

“Like Breaking Addiction and The Heart of Addiction, The Sober Truth makes an important contribution to the field by raising central questions about how treatment and self-help programs operate and whether commonly used treatments for addiction are effective. Dodes and Dodes thoughtfully and rigorously trace the history of alcohol treatment and the role of such treatment within the “rehab” setting. Perhaps most importantly, The Sober Truth examines the failure of science to provide answers to fundamental questions about addiction treatment. People struggling with addiction deserve more than science has provided, and The Sober Truth should stimulate a fundamental dialogue that can move the field forward. Finally, and not to be missed, this book also serves as a treatment guide for anyone seeking help with their own or a loved one’s alcohol use.”
—Howard J. Shaffer, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School; Director, Division on Addiction, The Cambridge Health Alliance

“Lance Dodes and Zachary Dodes have the guts to take on clearly, perceptively, and with solid scientific grounding the nude king of American addiction treatment: AA and the 12 steps. Not only do these shibboleths yield no benefit for the mass of alcoholics and addicts in America, they leave cold—even harm—far more people than they help. Read this book!”
—Stanton Peele, Ph.D., author of Recover!

“Provocative, illuminating, persuasive, and lucid, The Sober Truth will enrage some, reassure others, but inform all. The Dodes’s write beautifully (so rare in this field), and they also hold fast to common sense (also rare) while backing up their contrarian statements with utterly convincing evidence. Read this book before committing to any 12-step course of treatment, then decide for yourself.”
—Edward Hallowell, M.D., author of Answers to Distraction and Superparenting for ADD 

From the Hardcover edition.

Table Of Contents


The Problem

The Rise of AA

Does AA Work?

The Business of Rehab and the
Broken Promise of “AA-Plus”

So, What Does Work to Treat Addiction?

What the Addicts Say

Why Does AA Work When It Does?

The Myths of AA

The Failure of Addiction Research
and Designing the Perfect Study




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