Book: Her Best-Kept Secret
Author: Gabrielle Glaser
Narrator (if applicable): n/a
Release date (if applicable): July 2, 2013
Synopsis: Truth be told...women are drinking more today. Actually, I don't believe that. Women and advertisers are much more open about women drinking today and targeting them with big buck advertising dollars. We are living in a world where the "adult beverage" companies and bars are mastering how to market to women because of the dollars spent in alcohol over men. Men tend to be happy with beer...women want more trendy spirits and wines.
Ms. Glaser identifies her beliefs behind the causal reasons for the uptick in female drinking and treatment options for such.
My rating: 1 Star and just because I had to give it a rating.
My opinion: As a former addictions counselor who specialized in adolescent female addictions, I must be honest in stating that this is THE WORST book on special populations addictions I have ever read. It was much more of a 196 page drama central magazine article, AA bashing bonanza, and advertisement for an alternative treatment program, which in the way Ms. Glaser wrote about the program I had to wonder if she doesn't have an investment in the organization. The author totally by-passed other cognitive based treatment (support group) options.
For those who aren't in the field and imply (or even out rightly state) that addictions counselors will have a hard time with the book because we all focus on the bashing of AA, please research before you write. AA is simply a tool in a counselor's tool bag to be utilized, along with other recovery/support programs out there, such as Rational Recovery as what is best fit for their client.
The general population unfamiliar with books on this topic might enjoy taking this book as written. But this should not be accepted as a professional book. Even read by the general public, I wouldn't take it too seriously.
Unlike another reviewer of this book, I would state that it was very obvious that Ms. Glaser went into this book with an agenda and fit her research to that agenda.
Can I have the 1.5 hours it took to read this book back please?
Source: Edelweiss for Simon and Schuester
Stand Alone or Part of a Series: Stand alone