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7 Tools to Beat Addiction by Stanton Peele

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When the claim is made that Jews have historically been moderate drinkers, objections are always raised that this is no longer true. For example, whenever I mention this fact to an AA member in Los Angeles or New York, the person starts listing Jewish alcoholics he or she knows who attend their AA group. Two upstate New York researchers, Barry Glassner and Bruce Berg, heard the same claims—and believed them. Both reported that they personally knew an alcoholic Jew who hid his drinking. Both had read accounts that traditionally low Jewish alcoholism rates were rising.

5 It is important for you to know that an independent, self-motivated cure for addiction, called natural remission, is possible. You can fight your own addictions, whether to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, shopping, gambling—you name it. Following are major examples of this phenomenon that you can keep in mind when confronting your destructive habits. The Vietnam Heroin Experience Heroin is one of the most intimidating addictions, but the general public knows next to nothing about it. For most of us, what we know about heroin addicts comes from what we see on TV: ravaged users who live on the streets or who have reported to treatment centers.

But alcoholics regularly override this realization about their reactions to alcohol and continue to drink. Some people who are tense by nature find that smoking is one way to relax. Yet many such people still refuse to smoke. Many simply rule it out of their lives for any of a variety of reasons—health, appearance, or their general feeling that it’s bad. Values do not simply dictate whether you do or don’t try a drink, a cigarette, or a drug. They also influence whether you continue to indulge in an activity or substance and how much you will allow your indulgence to affect your life before you limit or quit your involvement.

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