I am very pleased to mention publication of a relatively new book by my friends Dr. Michael Edelstein (left) and the late Will Ross (right)*, two people eminently qualified to teach about how distorted thinking and irrational beliefs lead to excessive, self-destructive behaviors such as alcoholism and drug addictions.
DISCLAIMER : As a recovered alcoholic and addict with more than 30 years of sobriety as of this writing, I am unapologetically "old school." Although I may have softened a bit as I get a little older, I believe the idea of "moderation" or controlled drinking for alcoholics and addicts is in itself irrational and distorted. I do not support moderation for a long laundry list of reasons. However, to get into that would be a distraction in this post intended as a plug for Michael's and Will's book. I recognize that many seriously disagree with my position, and–although it is not particularly my bailiwick–I do support "harm reduction" and I do believe that if an addict-alcoholic will not or cannot abstain, they had damned well better learn to moderate, and there can be no better help with that than REBT-CBT and the Michael's and Will's approach.
Meanwhile, I will leave those who support moderation, controlled drinking, social drinking to "work their side of the street" while I remain happy as a pig in mud on the sobriety/abstinence side.
As I understand it, for a limited time, this book is available on Kindle for only 99 cents!
Dr. Michael R. Edelstein is a San Francisco clinical psychologist with an in-person and telephone therapy practice. He's a Certified Rational Addictions Therapist and the San Francisco Professional Advisor for SMART Recovery. He is the author of the best-selling Three Minute Therapy, which has chapters on addictions and a variety of emotional problems. He trained with Dr. Albert Ellis and supervises addiction counselors in the REBT/CBT treatment of addictions.
My friend and colleague form the REBT-CBT Forum Yahoo Group, Will Ross tutors REBT self-helpers and is the author and publisher of online REBT self-help materials. He is the webmaster and co-founder of REBTnetwork established in 2006 to promote Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) and the life & work of its creator, Dr. Albert Ellis, Ph.D.
Have a great day, everybody!
Khon Kaen, Thailand
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Originally posted 2013-01-11 18:53:48.