Book: Why Can’t I Stop?

Book Title:

Why Can’t I Stop?: Reclaiming Your Life from a Behavioral Addiction (A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book).

Author(s): Jon E. Grant, Brian L. Odlaug, and Samuel R. Chamberlain.

Year: 2016.

Edition: First (1st).

Publisher: John Hopkins University Press.

Type(s): Hardcover, Paperback, and Kindle.


At some point in our lives, we all engage in behaviours 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 behaviours. A person addicted to gambling, shopping, the internet, food, or picking at their skin may suffer shame in the shadows while their behaviour consumes time and energy and disrupts their life. Some people with behavioural addictions lose their family, job, savings, and home. With a physical basis in the brain, behavioural 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 behavioural 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 behavioural addiction, its causes, and how it can be diagnosed and treated.

Featuring patient stories of behavioural addiction and recovery, as well as information about treatment centres, 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.

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