Why Can't I Stop?: Reclaiming Your Life From A Behavioral Addiction by Jon E. GrantWhy Can't I Stop?: Reclaiming Your Life From A Behavioral Addiction by Jon E. Grant

Why Can't I Stop?: Reclaiming Your Life From A Behavioral Addiction

byJon E. Grant, Brian L. Odlaug, Samuel R. Chamberlain

Paperback | April 1, 2016

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At some point in our lives, we all engage in behaviors that are risky, irrational, or unwise. We might find it exciting and temporarily rewarding to gamble on the lottery or impulsively buy an expensive gadget. But just as substances like alcohol and narcotics have the potential to become addictive, so do certain behaviors. A person addicted to gambling, shopping, the internet, food, or picking at their skin may suffer shame in the shadows while their behavior consumes time and energy and disrupts their life. Some people with behavioral addictions lose their family, job, savings, and home. With a physical basis in the brain, behavioral addictions are serious illnesses—but simply willing yourself to stop is usually not enough.

Why Can't I Stop? is for anyone who has a behavioral addiction, as well as their supportive families and friends. Examining seven of the most common and serious addictions—gambling, sex, stealing, internet use, shopping and buying, hair pulling and skin picking, and food—the authors bring together cutting-edge research to describe behavioral addiction, its causes, and how it can be diagnosed and treated.

Featuring patient stories of behavioral addiction and recovery, as well as information about treatment centers, this compassionate guide will help readers better understand the complicated issues surrounding these addictions and teach family members how to help the addicted person while helping themselves.

Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, is a professor of psychiatry at the University of Chicago and the coauthor of Stop Me Because I Can’t Stop Myself: Taking Control of Impulsive Behavior. Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, is a visiting researcher in public health at the University of Copenhagen. Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD, is a clinical lecturer...
Title:Why Can't I Stop?: Reclaiming Your Life From A Behavioral AddictionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.56 inPublished:April 1, 2016Publisher:Johns Hopkins University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1421419661

ISBN - 13:9781421419664

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Editorial Reviews

This book provides a great insight into some relatively unknown and misunderstood areas. It is clearly and systematically laid out, following a pattern for each addiction that includes how a diagnosis is made, how common is the disorder, key aspects, and treatment options and treatment recommendations.