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Freedom from Addiction: The Secret Behind Successful Addiction Busting

Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell

Julie Key, Literature Search Specialist

Reason you chose this book

I worked as a prison librarian for a number of years and one of the aims of the library was to support the over-stretched health services through the provision of good quality factual books on all manner of health issues. Addiction is such a massive problem for prisoners that books like this are in high demand and I have ordered and reordered this title more times than I can remember. One certain sign of a good book in prison is if gets stolen a lot!


Clearly written and set out, using a good sized font and uncomplicated language Freedom from Addiction addresses all types of addiction in a way that everyone can understand and engage with. Rather than focussing on one type of addiction it looks at addictive behaviour as a whole, and considers what all the different types have in common. It uses a combination of self-help exercises, case studies and factual information to explain why addiction happens and to support someone in dealing with their own or another’s addiction. Many of the prisoners I worked with who were dealing with addiction also had low literacy levels; by breaking the book into smaller sections and not using clinical language this book was much more accessible to them than many other self-help books available.

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