New Book: A Choice Theory Approach to Drug and Alcohol Abuse by Michael Rice, LISAC, RTC

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A Choice Theory Approach to Drug and Alcohol Abuse offers a new approach to treating drug and/or alcohol abuse. It is valuable not only to an alcoholic or addict, but to those who love or live with one.

Mike Rice of Mesa, AZ. has written an eye opener book entitled A Choice Theory Approach to Drug and Alcohol Abuse which offers a new approach to treating drug and alcohol abuse.

Choice Theory takes a look at the drug abuser and/or alcoholic behavior and deals with the client’s unhappiness caused by a lack of meaningful relationships with the important people in their life. Constant use of a substance to deal with their unwanted emotions ultimately leads to dependence. Cellular structure must adapt to the continual inducement of a substance into the body. When the drug ceases to be induced, the cells react violently causing unwanted physical effects. The person feels sick when not using or drinking and feels better when drinking or using, albeit for short periods of time. The continued use of the substance in order not to feel sick becomes part of the addiction.

Mike takes the position that drug and alcohol abuse is not a mental illness as some would call it, but a physiological dependence which does not fit within the criteria of mental illness or a medical disease. In reality, it is no more than behavior that is being influence by a drug.

Mike uses Choice Theory to deal with the sociological and psychological withdrawals by reestablishing values, creating new wants and goals, and creating new or reconnecting relationships with the important people in one’s life. Added to this is learning new methods to deal with unhappiness instead of trying to bypass it with short term pleasure from a drug.

About the Author: Mike Rice is a certified Reality Therapy and Choice Theory therapist whose work is solidly based upon Dr. William Glasser’s world renowned “Choice Theory.” Mr. Rice has been in private practice for several years and also writes and lectures throughout the Western Region of the U.S. on alcohol and drug abuse/dependence as well as finding and maintaining happiness in one’s life. More information about Mike can be found on his web site at:

His books are available via, or by ordering them through your local bookstore.

Mike will be speaking at the West Coast Regional CTRTC (Choice Theory Reality Therapy Conference) being held in Los Angeles on March 5th and 6th, 2010 on the topic of “Having Fun with Choice Theory." See the tab for CT on his web site for more details.

Media requests for interviews and/or review copies may be addressed to:

Lynn K. Busby, Publicist, Madeira Publishing, Phone: 636 627-1507
email: lbusby -at-

Additional Keywords:
Addict, Al-Anon, drink, drug, external control, recovery, rehab, sober, therapy, therapist, treatment, withdrawal

Endorsement from Bob Hoglund, Senior faculty Member of the William Glasser Institute:

Choice Theory®, developed by William Glasser, M.D. provides a simple, yet profound explanation of human behavior. As a psychiatrist that practiced for 50 years working with all kinds of patients and diagnosis, he has recently stated that all he has ever really been is a teacher; a psychiatrist that teaches people to be happy. A Choice Theory Approach to Drug and Alcohol Abuse is a continuation of Dr. Glasser’s theory and teachings. Mike Rice teaches people how to be happier.

One of the easiest to understand principles is also one of the most difficult lessons to practice; “The only person you can control is yourself.” Mike explains that even though people logically agree with the statement, many people spend their time trying to change others through the use of negative or “deadly” habits. These behaviors hinder relationships and increase unhappiness.

Mike will teach you some new ideas, show you different ways of looking at the problem of addiction, and will provide information you need to help you move toward happiness. The logical progression of ideas, coupled with explanations, case studies, and opportunities for self-reflection, make this a powerful, effective tool for anyone wanting help with an addiction.


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