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The Small Book

A Revolutionary Alternative for Overcoming Alcohol and Drug Dependence
Narrated by: Peter Ganim
Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
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Offering an alternative to twelve-step programs, a supportive guide explains how to identify the impulse to use intoxicants, learn self-control, value sobriety, and replace addiction with self-supportive behaviors.

©1989 Lotus Press, Revised Edition 1992 Jack Trimpey (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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A bit long winded

A brilliant alternative to AA groups especially if you’re not religious.

I liked the examples of self talk but I did think it was a bit repetitive at times.

I think the idea behind Rational recovery could have been communicated with half the size of this book.

But if you’ve not read anything like this before, especially if you don’t have any neurological knowledge, you’ll certainly benefit from this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-05-17

A Little Disappointed

I wanted to learn how to do AVRT. After reading the website, it said this was the book to learn. Nope. Basically this book is about AA and how it is different from AVRT. It would had been nice to have some examples and explain the technique.
Very disappointed.

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  • Namaste
  • 19-11-15

Fascinating and just the help that I needed!

Narration was great, content very well written and massively helpful. Jack Trimpey is just laying the cards on the table.

Now I know not only why the 12 steps didn't work for me I have a powerful alternative.

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  • Renee
  • 29-07-19

Not what this book claims to be.

This book is not a book on recovery, this book is just a man's outlet to dog Christianity and 12 step programs. while my own opinion about 12 step programs is negative as well, i wasn't looking for a book that was just about that. I still believe in the rational recovery method but you'd be better off reading a different one on this method, I'm half way through this book and there's still nothing yet on the actual method nor AVRT

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  • Crystal Pollard
  • 11-12-18

What a sarcastic egomaniac

This guy is such an ass. I agree with the majority of what he's saying but the tone is a big put off. I would strongly suggest finding a different narrator other than the author himself

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  • Noon At Midnight
  • 24-10-18

Who is the Target Audience? Lawyers, Lobbyists?

First 3.5 - 4.5 hours of the book are meant for Lawyers, Lobbyists and Lawmakers to make the following 3 points: (1) 12 Step programs like AA/NA are based upon, and demand, a certain belief in a Monotheistic Divine Being who rules the Universe and requires total submission (2) Government Organizations like the courts mandate US Citizens attend these religious programs in order to treat their addictive behaviors (3) US Citizens should not be forced to accept a religion in order to get medical treatment and are entitled to have non-religious options such as Rational Recovery offered.

The second part is meant for someone who wants to understand what Rational Recovery is, how it works and it's efficacy. However, this explanation is given only as supportive information to Lawyers, Lobbyists and Lawmakers that Rational Recovery is equally, or more, effective than AA/NA in addressing addiction and is not really a "How To" explanation for applying R.R. in one's own life although with extreme patience, one might learn some hints.

If you don't care about learning how AA or NA are religions or hear about government policies and you just want to learn how to apply the principles of Rational Recovery in your own life, there are much better books out there. The title of this book is misleading in that it alludes that it is meant for the same target audience as the Big Red Book (addicts)...such is not the case.

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