In this thoughtful and compassionate book, practitioner of holistic psychotherapy Dr. Ellie Katz tells the stories of ten men and women who have fallen victim to the lure of addiction. Told mainly by the individuals themselves, they each retain an identity that allows us to see through their difficulties to the real person. The stories are insightful, horrifying and at times amusing, but all depict people who have, often through no fault of their own, learned that a particular need must be pursued in order for them to feel worthwhile.
Books like this can sometimes come over as a bit preachy and self-righteous, with the practitioner appearing as some kind of all-knowing deity, but Dr. Katz has a very down-to-earth and human approach that encompasses a talent for enabling people with addictions to find a way through that works for them.
A fascinating and thought-provoking book.
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