Noted mental-health professionals and founders of Malibu’s Creative Care treatment center analyze the biological, societal and familial roots of addiction.
According to the Khaleghis (Free From Addiction, 2008, etc.), relapse rates for addicts in traditional rehab programs are an alarming 70 to 90 percent within the first year. They tout their own practice as an example of success, and they stress the importance of self-examination, as do many 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous. However, unlike many traditional programs, the Khaleghis’ treatment plan also delves into physiological or psychological problems. Ridding “blame” from the recovery process is important, and the authors work to discover the causal elements of addiction—e.g., depression, physical or emotional trauma and genetic makeup. Doing so helps their patients become aware of triggers and avoid future relapse. The chapter on bipolar disorder is particularly illuminating. While highly treatable (a success rate of 40 to 50 percent with drug treatment alone), bipolar disorder is one of the physiological problems most often associated with addiction. The authors’ writing style is analytical yet reader-friendly, but some of the content is numbingly familiar—i.e., children model their parents’ attitude toward drinking. Geared for family members or friends who want to help a loved one.