We are not powerless over our addictions, nor are we helpless victims of heredity, a disease, a spiritual malady, or a slew of character defects that require the intervention of a "higher power," and a lifetime of meetings to control. Studies show that 75% of all addicts recover on their own, without pills, patches, rehabs, or self-help groups. How many people do you know who successfully quit smoking “cold turkey,” without artificial aids or programs, and nicotine is one of the most addictive substances on earth.
People can recover on their own because they find ways of addressing the learned aspects of addiction that are driven by our reward system. Almost any activity we find pleasurable, from eating a chocolate chip cookie to hearing great music or seeing a beautiful face, can activate the reward system. Once aroused, these circuits enable our brains to encode the circumstances that led to the pleasure, so we can repeat the behavior and the reward in the future.
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Powerless No Longer: Reprogramming Your Addictive Behavior Paperback
by Peter W. Soderman (Author) , Michael Werner (Preface)
Paperback: 222 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (August 28, 2013)
I haven't read the book, but I do like what he is saying. More and more books like this are being made every day.