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Summary

Mindfulness, the quality of attention that combines full awareness with acceptance of each moment, just as it is, is gaining broad acceptance among mental health professionals as an adjunct to treatment. Because at the heart of addiction is the fear of painful emotional states, addicts compulsively seek drugs and alcohol to avoid or escape emotional pain. Mindfulness, on the other hand, helps us develop greater acceptance and ease with life’s challenges, as well as greater self-compassion.

Here, Dr. Lawrence Peltz, who has worked as an addiction psychiatrist for more than two decades, draws from his clinical experience and on the techniques of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) to explain the fundamental dynamics of addiction and the stages of the recovery process, and also gives us specific mindfulness exercises to support recovery.

©2013 Lawrence A. Peltz (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Life changing

This book has been on my list for a while after suffering with numerous addictions yet I’d been putting it off as change is daunting. Completely revolutionised the way I see myself and my addictions. 1000% recommend this book

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More than expected

It is very well written. Examples of patients are very interesting and real. I meditate and I have read some books about mindfulness but I learn from this book a lot of new things. For example that thoughts could be also seen as an addiction or that taking drugs helps people cope in short term, so addicts are not crazy, they just don't know how do better. And most important how mindfulness can support recovery - other ways like AA meeting and psychoterapy are also discussed.

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Brilliant

A must read for anyone struggling with addictions or even just everyday life. I'm going to start listening to is again straight away. Lawrence Peltz needs his own podcast. There's a lot of people of there that this book could really help

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A good insight to mindfulness and its power

Doesnt matter if youre an addict or not, you will gain something from this book. If you are an addict to something however this book can be life changing. I found the reader a little boring at first but the more I listened the more I got into it.

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Really good

Insightful and engaging. Loads of varied content. Really enjoyed it. Highly recommended to anyone with an interest in this area

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A great start in the path to recovery.

This is the first audible book I have listened to upon subscribing.

It has not really changed anything for me in the sense I hoped it would just magically fix my problems… but then I admit, that was always wishful thinking.

I still can say (with hope) that it has/will put me in a better state of mind to continue on my path and bolster what I have learned from this book by now going on to listen to others.

There are many moments in this audio book that do hit home in a good way…
The knowledge that there are others dealing with exactly the same issues.
It also helped me to accept that I am not a monster who has unique problems, and that my problems now feel more a sense of ‘normal’ symptoms that come with depression/anxiety etc…
Now I know I am not alone, and the feelings and thoughts I struggle with are shared, recognised and understood I have real hope that the next audio book will give me a greater empowerment to not give up.
I wish you all good luck, love and hope. Never give up.

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Great Read

Excellent advice and thought provoking. would recommend to anyone struggling with alcohol addiction and looking for a way forward.

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Extremely Practical.

Timeless piece. Start to finish in less than 24hrs. Also ordered the hardcopy. Love it.

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  • 31-08-16

The best 12 step mindfulness book out there!

This amazing book is the best 12 step mindfulness book out there. I would know, because I've read many of the popular ones! The content is so well developed in connecting mindfulness to recovery that it's short of transformative.
The book's narrator talks faster than I think is best for a book like this that you really need to absorb. I slowed down the reading for better processing. That is the audio book's only drawback. I would highly recommend!

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  • 17-02-16

The missing piece

The missing piece when the physical addiction is not the problem anymore.
Addiction is the sum of a long series of moments, that at some point constituted the present, and finally add up into what is called addiction. And this book points to those moments and how to deal with them.
By analyzing the "present" one can find also deeper roots of what has caused or is causing the addition.
For me this book is a master peace. I'm going to hear it again because I don't want to miss any detail.

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  • Price Policeman
  • 25-03-18

Amazing so far

4 chapters in and I’ve been in many tears as it reflects upon truth about people I love and know.

This is real talk, and this narrator should do every book on Audible as he’s amazing.

I will add to this review when I’m done but so far it’s amazing.

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  • 03-08-21

Learned so much

As a therapist I use so much of this learning with my clients. I also recommend to family members.

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  • D. Sanford
  • 20-04-16

Great!

Excellent. Dr Peltz has am amazing understanding of the disease from both patient and doctor perspective.

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  • 22-05-22

A great book to listen to for addicts.

Very deep and informative. Gave me a lot to think abou in my own recovery..

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  • Padme-Hum
  • 29-03-22

So Good

Thanks to Dr. Peltz for a book that has given me fresh insights and numerous tools to become more mindful in a straightforward and entertaining format but with real meat. In fact, I often had to listen to chapters twice just because it was so meaningful. Also, Mr. Al-Kaisi’s narration was easy to listen to.

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  • tracy lc
  • 17-11-21

Addiction

this book was very educational and helpful and helped me understand myself and how to fix the things I need to

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  • Peter
  • 31-10-21

So happy I accidentally listened to this

Was listening to another book about mindfulness and somehow ended up on this one before I knew it. One of the most important books I’ve ever “read,” even though I’m someone without clear addictions. For me the book really explained so much of the intricacies of any compulsive or avoidance behavior so many of us have in small and large ways, and presented techniques and ideas for addressing this. I learned a lot that I have put into use. I have listened to this book at least five times at this point, very rare for me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-04-21

Good Book.

The bookt did no't talk about sex addiction. overall, good Book with a lot of information.