Dr. Peter Ferentzy, an addiction expert who has lived the life of a crack addict, reveals the ugly truth: the dominant approach to drug and alcohol addictions has hurt—and even killed—more people than it has helped.
“Hitting bottom,” “abstinence,” and other buzzwords are often code for approaches that promote degradation, rape, and death—and on a scale that really amounts to genocide.
“Written with passion and fiery authenticity, this fiercely honest book sucker-punches the dominant myths around addiction, replacing them with unvarnished truth and hard-won sense.”
Gabor Maté, M.D. Author of In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction
"Peter Ferentzy has been part of a strange system - the North American addiction culture … he lived it … and studied it. And this is what he has learned -- he was involved in a self-defeating delusion. No, not just his addiction -- the entire American culture of understanding and treating alcoholism and addiction. It is built on a myth -- one whose consequences are certifiably ineffective, often harmful -- and yet which persists. Not only are our notions about addiction virtually all false, but the system and its proponents fight to the end to refute and oppose a logical, superior approach built on the basics of how human beings function and improve. We'll call this superior approach "harm reduction": what it says is that people should make the incremental improvements they can, which will allow them to improve further, and get them on a positive spiral. (In real life, we call this "getting better.") It's so logical, obvious, and right that we might call it the "life" approach. And the book's style, like its content, is as clear and appealing as a bell. We shouldn't give Peter too much credit, though. After all, he's only telling the truth."
Stanton Peele, Ph.D., author of 7 Tools to Beat Addiction; creator of the Life Process Program for addiction treatment
"Ferentzy hopes to do for addicts what Martin Luther King did for blacks.
He'll be just as controversial."
A. Tom Horvath, Ph.D., ABPP. President, SMART Recovery; Author of Sex, Drugs, Gambling & Chocolate: A Workbook for Overcoming Addictions