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Manage My Addiction: What I Wish I'd Learned in School about Addiction, Escape, and Recovery is written for those dealing with any type of addiction, including drugs, alcohol, or behavioral issues such as gambling or spending too much time on social media. Author Kenneth J. Martz, Psy.D., says that millions of people are addicted to either substances or destructive behaviors. The book consists of 22 short chapters, including titles such as “The Stages of Addiction,” “The Five Treatment Approaches,” and “Goal Setting.” Martz explains the process of how and why people get addicted and outlines many techniques to use in overcoming addictions. Chapters are short, which is helpful because readers can consider and act on the information before going on to a new point. Furthermore, Martz wisely uses plenty of subheadings, graphs, charts, and bullet points to make information easy to grasp. Each chapter ends with helpful “takeaways,” summaries of the most important points in the chapter.
This is an invaluable book, and I say that from the standpoint of one who is not looking to overcome any addictions. Although Kenneth J. Martz’s goal is to help people defeat destructive behavior, Manage My Addiction is one of the most effective overall self-help books I’ve read. The chapter titled “Why, Why, Why, are We Here?” is beneficial to anyone to figure out why they’re at the place in their life that they are. One of the most helpful chapters for me was the chapter on “Beliefs,” which encourages readers to question their assumptions and break free of erroneous ones. Although it’s only a short paragraph, the information about “forgiving ourselves” was also extremely important to me. Anyone who reads this book will find that many parts of it will speak to them, regardless of whether they’re attempting to overcome addiction or just want to improve their overall mental health. I highly recommend this excellent book.