Under the Influence: A Guide to the Myths and Realities of

Under the Influence: A Guide to the Myths and Realities of


Under the Influence: A Guide to the Myths and Realities of Alcoholism [PDF / Epub] ☆ Under the Influence: A Guide to the Myths and Realities of Alcoholism Author James R. Milam – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Ten of millions Americans suffer from alcoholism yet most people still wrongly believe that alcoholism is a psychological or moral problem and that it can be cured by psychotherapy or sheer will power Ten of millions Americans suffer from alcoholism yet Influence: A Kindle Ó most people still wrongly believe that alcoholism is a psychological or moral problem and that it can be cured by psychotherapy or sheer will power Based on groundbreaking scientific research Under The Influence examine the physical factors that set alcoholics and non alcoholics apart and suggests a bold stigma free way of understanding and treating the alcoholicHow to tell if someone you know is an alcoholicThe progressive stages of alcoholismHow to get an alcoholic into Under the Kindle - treatment and how to choose a treatment programWhy freuently prescribed drugs can be dangerous even fatal for alcoholicsHow to ensure a lasting recovery.

  • Paperback
  • 256 pages
  • Under the Influence: A Guide to the Myths and Realities of Alcoholism
  • James R. Milam
  • English
  • 27 January 2015
  • 9780553274875

10 thoughts on “Under the Influence: A Guide to the Myths and Realities of Alcoholism

  1. Kathy Kathy says:

    Despite its copyright of 1981 this book gives a convincing easily understood explanation of how differently alcohol is processed by persons who are predisposed to alcoholism It goes on to suggest useful treatment including complete abstinence support and nutritional changes I learned a lot

  2. Leslie Leslie says:

    This book will scare the shit out of you and it was written in 1981 I wish they would update it because it would be interesting to see the recent scientific findings Despite being written in the late 70s it doesn't seem dated which is eerie The book is about what happens to the body physiologically when a person drinks andor goes down the path of becoming an alcoholic Alcohol in many ways is WORSE than narcotics because it stunts the growth of EVERY CELL IN YOUR BODY Whereas narcotics go for the brain and wreak havoc from there They're both bad but it's amazing to me just how socially acceptable alcohol is while other drugs are perceived so much worse The first third of the book is very scientific and dry But if you can slug through that you'll be amazed and horrified If you have anyone in your life who drinks even if it just seems like they are one of those people who are fun and can drink everyone under the table this is a MUST read And I do find that the pushpull between doctors psychologists and specialists in addicts STILL exists I've experienced it first hand My family and I have had a rough few mos but this book was so helpful

  3. Jennifer Shirk Jennifer Shirk says:

    VERY interesting book I particularly found the section on the importance of diet and nutrition in treatment to be extremely enlightening

  4. Hearon Hearon says:

    I read this for the first time long before goodreads even existed and I have read it at least 10 times I recommend this book to anyone who wonders about their relationship with alcohol

  5. John John says:

    Outdated information and highly prejudiced towards this doctor's particular take on alcoholism and idiosyncratically its treatment

  6. Dennis Littrell Dennis Littrell says:

    A trail blazing classic of informative literatureThis is a hard hitting exposé of the institutionalized and moralist cant surrounding alcoholism and its treatment This is a classic of informative literature partly a fine bit of muckraking journalism partly a public service report on the scientific findings and partly a how to program to address the epidemic Although written almost twenty years ago this little paperback still packs a punch against an enemy that is still all too much with us Milam and Ketcham employ a straight forward fact filled uncluttered prose style to make it clear to any but the brain dead that alcoholism is a physiological disease and NOT a psychological problem based on a character flaw andor lack of will power Read this and you will no longer put down the alcoholic as some kind of moral degenerate but will recognize that if your body chemistry were a little altered you do might well be a victimI can say this because both my mother and father were alcoholics and I know the only thing that kept me from joining them was the fact that I couldn't stand the headaches and nausea that came with overindulgence I apparently inherited the physiologic trait common to eg Italian Jewish and Asian peoples there's a chart on p 45 showing susceptibility by ethnicity protecting me from alcoholism It wasn't due to any superior morality or advanced character development on my part that I avoided the horror of alcoholism It's like having black skin that protects against skin cancer Is black skin morally superior to white skin? Or are sickle blood cells evidence of an elevated will to resist malaria? I don't think so Thanks to this book I can see that I was lucky I am not an alcoholic because my internal chemistry is not disrupted by alcohol as it is with alcoholics That's it Pure and simpleUnfortunately many people including as this book points out doctors psychiatrists members of the clergy government officials and others in a position to help or hinder still think of alcoholism in moralist and psychological terms As Milam and Ketcham make clear this ignorant and prejudiced attitude not only doesn't help the alcoholic and his long suffering family it hinders treatment The authors are vehement on this point On page 195 for example they write citing Joseph Pursch physician ignorance about alcoholism and prejudice toward alcoholics are the major obstacles to effective treatment Strong words indeed but not surprising Most doctors were too busy in medical school to get an education and too busy with patients and I must say climbing up the hill of worldly success afterwards to catch up This includes psychiatrists As the authors point out these professionals routinely prescribed tranuilizers and other drugs pharmacologically similar to alcohol to alcoholics drugs to which alcoholics have a cross tolerance a situation that not only led to a double addiction but was in some cases life threateningProfessionals who offer counseling and psychotherapy to alcoholics are also taken to task by the authors Psychotherapy diverts attention from the physical causes of the disease compounds the alcoholic's guilt and shame and aggravates rather than alleviates his problems p 14 Alcoholics Anonymous members are all too aware of the condescension and judgmental attitudes about alcoholism which pervade the conventional health agencies They have been drugged with tranuilizers and sedatives have spent expensive and fruitless years in psychotherapy and have endured indifferent and even hostile professional attitudes toward them and their disease p 132So called moral leaders of public opinion are also rightly chastised for their ignorance and lofty and phony moral tone Ex California Congressman Robert K Dornan who is uoted as seeing alcoholism as an absence of self discipline and columnist Jack Anderson who sees alcoholism as a personal problem are examples cited on page 7 although if the authors had wanted to they could have filled volumes with such inanities Government agencies are also in the thick of the stupidity Particularly interesting and telling is this bit of sly of hand reported on pages 187 188 In the government funded Rand Report of 1976 the term recovery was replaced with the broader term remission so that it would appear that some alcoholics were in remission although they were still swilling down something less than three ounces of pure alcohol per day Three ounces of alcohol is about what you'd get in 21 ounces of table wine or than four cans of beer This allowed treatment centers which embraced this definition of remission to claim up to 80 percent success rates even though most of the alcoholics so labeled were still drinkingEven Alcoholics Anonymous which the authors acknowledge several times as the best recovery program in existence could use some updating based on the reality of the disease nature of alcoholism Step four for example of the12 step program Made a searching and fearless moral inventory could be modified to refer to the alcoholic's conduct AFTER detoxification and the recovery process That way a clear distinction is made between behavior caused by alcoholism and behavior over which the alcoholic now has controlOne uestion Now that the new millennium is upon us have things gotten any better? Have the medical and counseling professions gotten the word on the true nature of alcoholism and is the disease being treated as a disease? Not being in the field I don't know; but I suspect that Katherine Ketcham's new book which I am going to read next Beyond the Influence Understanding and Defeating Alcoholism 2000 will provide the answer Dennis Littrell author of “The World Is Not as We Think It Is”

  7. Kinga Kinga says:

    It gave me a better understanding of alcoholism; especially of the physical part of the addiction It made me understand better the metabolism problems of alcoholics

  8. Kristin Aker Howell Kristin Aker Howell says:

    I learned from this book that one in ten people can have a physical addiction to alcohol People with this genetic predisposition this allergy to alcohol can easily develop the disease of alcoholism which is chronic progressive and fatal This book changed my understanding of alcoholism Now I can easily recognize the symptoms of alcoholism and find empathy for those going through it I encourage anyone who knows than nine people to read this well organized and researched book – at least skim it – because chances are good you know someone who is dealing with this disease Most alcoholics and families of alcoholics suffer in silence because many of us me included have many misconceptions Education will help us all identify and therefore treat and recover from this disease much earlier in its progression Ages 15 and up

  9. Anu Anu says:

    Speaking of books that age well this one is nearly as old as I am but looks much better 😬 Alcoholism is a scourge in modern USA but it’s amazing how socially acceptable nay how socially encouraged it is The book has solid research backing its claims on how difficult deaddiction can be the importance of diet in recovery and the travails of finding social support Good overview of symptoms causes and recovery options More fact focused than narrative focused but very comprehensive anyway

  10. Dwayne Dwayne says:

    This book explains the phenomonon alcoholismAnd is vital to understanding addiction inparticular alcoholismSo I give it 5 stars depending on the reader it seems rather technicalIt literally save me from another relapse many years ago which is the same as saying it saved my life

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