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Peter W. Soderman
Pete Soderman spent a short time in the US Navy and went to college on the G.I. bill. He spent most of his working life working in a computer firm. In 1992, he moved to North Carolina from his native Connecticut and opened a computer consulting business; he also taught computer science at the local community college. In 2010, Pete retired to central Mexico with his wife Gethyn, and today writing is his central occupation. He has published a creative nonfiction piece with Shadow Road Quarterly called “The Incident,” about a Vietnam experience, and Powerless No Longer, a self-help book for addiction. He is presently working on two new projects.
We are not powerless over our addictions, nor are we helpless victims of heredity, a disease, a spiritual malady, or a slew of character defects that require the intervention of a "higher power," and a lifetime of meetings to control. Studies show that 75% of all addicts recover on their own, without pills, patches, rehabs, or self-help groups. How many people do you know who successfully quit smoking “cold turkey,” without artificial aids or programs, giving up nicotine, one of the most addictive substances on earth?
Over time, the pleasure becomes misery, but we now have little choice but to continue because the behaviors and belief systems that drive our addiction have become deeply ingrained habits. The journey to addiction begins with our receiving positive reinforcement from use of the drug — it makes us feel good, and ends with the “gotta have its” screaming in our ear. For some, it seems like a hopeless situation, but the vast majority of us find a solution to the problem, and so can you.
Powerless No Longer will help you learn to take advantage of your brain’s natural ability to rewire itself, its neuroplasticity, to overcome your addictive behavior and reach your full potential. Powerless No Longer is for anyone who is concerned about an addictive behavior problem and is looking for help deciding upon a course of action. The book introduces a newcomer to the science of addiction, the process of change, and specific methods and tools that offer a way out.
If you believe you are "powerless" over your addiction, you will see evidence proving that this is not true. Powerless explains the self-change methods that work for the majority of addicts who recover on their own, and shows you how to apply these principles in your own recovery.
Powerless No Longer is available from Amazon in hardcopy, Kindle, and audiobook formats.
The book's website is powerlessnolonger.com
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