Course: Thinking Simply About Addiction: A Handbook for Recovery
by Richard S. Sandor, M.D.
In a refreshing no-nonsense manner, this insightful, practical guide pinpoints why addictions are so tenacious and how to help clients truly recover. The text uses the experiences of addicts to illuminate the core truth of addiction: It is an involuntary, automatic behavior that, once triggered, leaves the addict feeling totally powerless. This key insight resolves deep confusion among family members and points the way toward the means of true recovery.
Addiction cannot be “cured” by any pharmaceutical or quick fix. Dr. Sandor says it does include a 12-Step Program and abstinence, but it takes something more. Life cannot become about avoidance alone. Authentic recovery requires living for something else, something higher than ourselves—a crucial, but controversial pillar of the 12-Step Approach. In non-doctrinaire terms, Sandor helps clinicians and their clients see the “higher power model” in a new light.
Clinicians will acquire a greater understanding of what the addict suffers and it provides hard-won insights and real guidance for recovery.
Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:
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Bio: Richard S. Sandor, MDRichard S. Sandor, M.D., Is a board-certified psychiatrist with more than twenty-five years experience in the addiction field. He has served as a medical director at several nationally accredited drug and alcohol treatment programs in Southern California including the Redgate Memorial Recovery Center, the Sepulveda VA/UCLA Medical Center, and served as the president of the California Society or Addiction Medicine from 1993 to 1995. He works in Santa Monica, California.