by the Rev, Seamus Doyle, member of the Addiction Recovery Ministry

A doctor in recovery provides a guided tour through the brain changes, genetics, and psychology that cause addiction… The Alcoholic / Addict Within is a book that empowers alcoholics and addicts – and those who wish to understand them – with an understanding of the science behind why we become addicted, why we do the things we do, and why it is so difficult to stop. The science is presented in everyday language, and with a sense of humor that makes it a fun read. The information enables a deeper understanding of ourselves and our addiction. It allows those who love us to get a look inside us, and (for once) find an understanding of our disease. Anyone who reads this will never again ask us: “why don’t you just stop?!?”

The 12 Steps are used as a framework for applying the science to recovery. The 12 Step program was chosen because it is remarkably consistent with all aspects of the science of addictions. For those working the 12 Steps or sponsoring others the information will enrich the experience by matching the science to the program. For those who are not involved in that program, the information is equally applicable to their own recovery. The science is used to explain the basis of some effects widely experienced by people in recovery: the “insanity” of alcoholism/addiction, the “pink cloud” effect, relapse dreams, hostage-taking, “wet brain,” co-dependency, relationships, and obsession.


The book speaks to many audiences. The main audience is alcoholics/addicts and those who wish to help and understand them. Loved ones, teachers, clergy, medical professionals, counselors, and therapists, all will gain insight and understanding.

The Alcoholic / Addict Within: Our Brain, Genetics, Psychology and the Twelve Steps as Psychotherapy by Dr. Andrew P.
Publisher: Smashwords (August 19, 2017)

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