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Actually, I thought Men were from Brakpan. Anyhow, yes of course good books can give one insights, and new ways of looking at life, maybe recognizing and affirming some things we already knew. I am looking into ways of adding to the Cubershrink section of this site, a number of new features in the coming year, to include book and other resource recommendations, along with links to good online sources of such materials.
I didn't see the Oprah show, but I suspect part of the message has been mangled. Anyone who says that proper and careful use of some drugs in the withdrawal and detox phase of dealing with substance abuse, is somejow unnecessary is a very highly dangerous fool. What I think they must have meant, is something I very strongly agree with, and which I think often causes problems here in SA --- far too many drug and alcohol programmes provide a form of detox/withdrawal phase of the long-term treatment ( essential but totally insufficient ) and then seem to dangerously lose interest --- after one is chemically clean, THEN comes the realy hard and essential work. And if they were saying that no drug or other chemical can replace that unavoidable but ultimately fruitful struggle, then they were absolutely right.
Anyone who things recovery is easy, hasn't tried it yet. And anyone who offers a brief intervention and suggests that that's all that is needed, is misleading people. You're so right there.
I find Dr Phil can be amusing at tmes, and like most successful performers and authors, he's good at saying things in a memorable and brief way. I don;t like the way he seems to accept the implication, and even to foster it, that somehow he's a uniquely and profoundly wise man, coming up with original ideas, rather than a very skilful performer who is very good at conveying insights and ideas many other shrinks have originated and provided for decades or longer.
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