This is a book I first encountered in 1996, while studying to become a professional counselor. I was at that time a recovered alcoholic of some ten years. I had been struggling in graduate school with relapse as a process of recovery. Prevention of relapse was of paramount importance. So I dug into the scientific literature . Mr. Gorski’s and Mr. Miller’s names kept popping up. I read these two researchers’ and many other’s work.
Theirs was seminal, addressed the problem directly from both a professional’s and a client’s perspective. Other did expand on their work but these two were clearly the ground-breakers, in my opinion. I know of no other works which do any better job in the areas of understanding relapse and also developing methodology to help the recovering alcoholic avoid it.
I have used this book and others that they have written to assist my addiction clients in avoiding relapse. To borrow a phrase from AA, “it works if you work it.” So this is the book I recommend, teach from and use on nearly a daily basis. I, of course, also use a number of other techniques as well.
This book is the base of the pyramid in preventing relapse. My other techniques are on steps created upon this foundation.
Thorough, a bit difficult in places for the non-professional, it is built from solid research in relapse and it has stood the test of time. It is not a fad.
I recommend it to all professionals and for all who have at their disposal a grizzled