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Book Review: Almost Addicted by Boyd/Metcalf
© 2012 written by Jackie Paulson

Title Almost Addicted
Author Wesley Boyd & Eric Metcalf
Genre Medical, Self Help
Year Published 2012/Hazelden
Foreword “I once overheard a mother counseling her grown daughter to avoid dating a man she thought had a drinking problem. The daughter said, “Mom, he’s not an
Alcoholic!” The mother quickly responded, “Well, maybe not, but he almost is.”
What is the book about? “Almost addicted” is one of a series of books by faculty members from Harvard Medical School and other experts. The books describe in simple language how to recognize and what to do about some of the most common behavioral and emotional problems that fall within the range between normal and full blow pathology. What is pathology? It is the pathology is the precise study and diagnosis of disease.
Why read this book? It will help a person recognize and address real issues now so
that changes can be made before it’s too late. You will be able to alleviate pain and
suffering now and prevent more serious problems later. Readers can find help in the
self assessments and the advice offered which in turn will open doors for healthcare professionals to intervene more effectively. This book is intended to help people who are not substance dependent but who nonetheless show what doctors call “maladaptive use,” which is drug use that causes harm. Although alcohol is commonly used and abused in the depressant area and addictive this book covers drugs other than alcohol.
This is a guidebook for sorting through the many questions and issues that arise from the drug use whether it be a you, a close friend, relative or family member. It will tell you if you have crossed a line to where some drug use is crossing over to “almost addicted.” You will be able to determine the clarity of drug use and decide to find intervention. Finally it will tell you of those who do decided that their drug use has crossed into the almost addicted and how to proceed and the resources that are
available. If you think someone you know or love might be almost addicted then this book will determine whether a problem is really starting before it’s too late. It will give solutions and answers to questions you need to know now. This book will show you how people become almost addicted and then describe how they think, feel and behave when they’re almost addicted. You will also learn numerous methods of initiating a change for the better.
Why not make a positive step in the right direction today? If you do, please contact the authors and share your success story!
Introduction Are you a person who thinks that smoking marijuana and thinks your life
is better than if you did not have your daily dose of it? Do you claim that it is a natural substance not a drug? Do you point out the fact that marijuana has been legalized in some states? These sentences point to the fact that you either are addicted or almost addicted. Drinkers have their own lines of defense. They will tell themselves and others that they don’t have a problem. It is so true that most would think picturing someone whose life is visible unstable are the true addicts when it’s quite the contrary.
All of these are examples of undeniably drug dependent and the stories keep compiling daily. “Even if you don’t have a full-blown addiction and you haven’t’ had major difficulties in your life because of substance abuse, your drug of choice can negatively impact your life and those around you. Why do you choose the drug of your choice? I it to obtain a buzz? Is it to relax? Is it to just feel good? Maybe it is all of the above!
My notes from the Introduction What types of drugs are common knowledge? There
are three categories: stimulants, depressants, and hallucinogens. They each bring
something different for the user. An example of illegal drug is the use of heroin and
prescription medications which are not illegal. Either way they are used for purposes that cause harm to the user. What is a Stimulant? These drugs speed people “up” and make you feel “happy” or “on cloud nine.” Did you know they increase your heart rate and blood pressure and can cause anxiety and panic attacks. Cocaine is one drug that is a stimulant and illegal.
List of Stimulants that are Amphetamine-based include Adderall, Vyvanse, and Dexedrine. Methylphenidate-based drugs include; Ritalin, Concerta, Focalin and Metadate. These types of drugs are commonly used today to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, they are given by doctors and can make a person feel moody and feel elation. Creating a euphoric feeling is the basis of this type of drug use.
Crystal meth (methamphetamine) is a very addictive form of amphetamine. The hard part is when a user wants to stop taking these types of drugs feel will feel extremely lethargic and depressed and lack the motivation to do much of anything.
Depressants are used to feel calmer, zone out or relax. They decrease blood pressure and reduce overall tension in the body. For example painkillers and benzodiazepines are commonly abused today. Painkillers are similar to heroin and are commonly used today. They include Oxycontin, Vicodin, and Percocet to relieve pain. Another
common category of antidepressants is benzodiazepines or benzos. They are a short term anxiety relieving drug. Those included in this category are Valium, Klonopin, Ativan and Xanax.
Hallucinogens are drugs such as LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), mushrooms, mescaline, and Salvia. It gives the person hallucinations, visions ad dreams. Most people think it helps them think better and make better decisions when in fact that is a false assumption.
Marijuana is really in a class by itself and the most commonly used drug besides the form of alcohol. Marijuana is used for medical reasons and do have a proper place. It will help a person increase their appetite, reduce pain, rid nausea, decrease intraocular (inside the eyes) pressure if a person has glaucoma, and reduce symptoms of some neurological disorders.

PART ONE: A Problem Emerges from the Shadows leads into the book and valuable stories to help you along your journey.
I enjoyed reading this educational book as I am not an addict. I am in the Security field and being addicted is not an option. I am proud to say I have never done drugs unless surgery was the only option. This book is educational and inspirational and has helped me deal with a family member and their addiction. Thank you for letting me have a free copy for my honest review.

© 2012 (OCT) Jackie Paulson

 

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