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The Mechanism: A Powerful Method to Turn Good Addictions On And Bad Addictions Off by Alan Whitworth is a nonfiction book written for people who struggle with different kinds of addictive behavior.
The author began by sharing his own story and how he became addicted to alcohol and meth-amphetamines. A troubled childhood exposed him to marijuana at a young age. His hero, his frequently jailed older brother, drank and smoked marijuana with him. From smoking joints, he graduated to swallowing meth-amphetamines. His meth consumption caused him to lose his three vehicles, his employment, and his wife. After getting off meth, he switched to alcohol consumption, a more socially accepted addiction.
After a thorough discussion of his struggle with different substances, the author described his attempts to attend various rehab programs to overcome his addictions. His opinion is that these programs, including Alcoholics Anonymous, encourage the addict to maintain a level of hopelessness. He clarified the difference between addictions and disease. We must use the correct vocabulary to stress the seriousness of substance abuse. Allowing addicts to believe their cravings are beyond their control permits them to use their dependency as an excuse to shirk personal responsibility for the addiction.
I enjoyed the author’s inclusion of other behaviors under the umbrella of addictions. Besides drugs and alcohol, he included sugar addiction, gossip, cursing, gambling, and thought control. The mechanism presented by the author involved personal commitment and discipline. This mechanism is not for people hoping for an easy solution to overcoming an addiction. It requires taking personal responsibility for your life and digging inside yourself to fight the urges that propel you towards your particular compulsion.
The author gave a brief description of the seven steps that comprise the mechanism. He credited Dean Graziosi and his book, Millionaire Success Habits, as the catalyst for developing this mechanism. I would have liked a more thorough explanation of the mechanism. The author did enumerate the seven steps of the tool and gave an example of how it works. I had to reread the seven steps because it went by so fast that I didn’t realize that this was the whole mechanism! The example he gave from his own life was helpful, but I would have liked a more detailed explanation of the different steps. That said, the mechanism itself is easy to apply to any behavior the person wishes to overcome.
I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The author did an excellent job of building up to the explanation of the mechanism. His personal experiences and triumphs over addiction give readers hope and encouragement that dependencies can be conquered. Misspelled words and run-on sentences made me take off one point from the score. This short book of only 92 pages would be beneficial for people who struggle with a wide range of addictions. The author offers this mechanism to propel you to a productive and successful life.
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