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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.


Bob Hoglund, Bob Hoglund, Inc.

Senior faculty Member of the William Glasser Institute


Book Review from Amazon:

This book is a great book for people who live with or are addicts themselves. It also is a great book for dealing with just everyday problems. It kept my attention all the way to the end.                 

               J. Metzger

From Facebook:

Hi Michael - I thought your book on Choice Theory in Addictions was excellent.   Deserves to be a best-seller.

            Brian LennonChairperson WGI International Conference and Director of William Glasser Institute - Ireland


If you have issues with addiction or live with an addict, you have just picked up a book that could transform your life. This is a book I’ll be recommending to my trainees, colleagues and clients as an immensely practical and helpful book.

Ivan Honey

Senior Faculty William Glasser Institute



Book:  A Choice Theory Approach to Drug and Alcohol Abuse
by Michael Rice, LISAC, CTRTC
Choice Theory takes a look at the abuser/addict's behavior and deals with the client's unhappiness as the cause of their use and reliance on a substance to deal with stress and unwanted emotions. Constant use ultimately leads to eventual dependence as a result of the body's adjustment to living with a drug that is continuously being introduced into the body and brain. Michael emphatically states: "A mental illness? NO! A character disorder? Not a chance! Substance abuse/dependence is no more than an individual's desire to satisfy an uncomfortable situation with a more comfortable state of mind, physically and mentally.  As a result, the body has become accustomed to it and has adjusted to its prevalence in the body and brain." The Choice Theory approach deals with creating new or reconnecting relationships with the important people in one's life as well as learning new methods to deal with unhappiness instead of trying to satisfy it with short term pleasure from a drug.

Table of Contents:
Preface Who Will Read This Book
Pre-Treating the Addiction Problem
Who Can We Control?
     For the person who cares for the addict/alcoholic
     For The Addict/Alcoholic:
Why Do We Do Anything That We Do
     Survival (the physiological need
     Love & Belonging
     Your Tool Kit
     Why Would I Choose to be Depressed?
Our Quality World
Alcoholics Anonymous
     Can I get sober without A.A. or Twelve Step Meetings?
Total Behavior
Is Addiction A Choice?
Is Alcoholism A Disease?
     Is Alcoholism Genetic?
     Is Alcoholism environmental?
     Is Alcoholism the Result of Past Trauma?
What Causes Addiction?
What Causes Low Self-Esteem, Shame, & Guilt?
Pleasure versus Happiness
     What Keeps People from Getting Clean & Sober?
Getting Started
The Real World Versus Your Quality World
     Assignment One
     Assignment Two
What You Can Expect When You Quit
     With Marijuana, you can expect
     Methamphetamine withdrawal
     Alcohol Withdrawal symptoms
     Heroin and other opiates
     Emotional Overload
     For Someone Who Loves or Lives With an Addict/Alcoholic
All My Friends
     How Important Is Friendship?
God and Higher Power
     What If I Don’t Believe in God?
Forgiving Yourself
     Assignment Three
     Assignment Four
What If I Relapse?
Controlling Urges & Emotions
     Assignment Five: Dealing with Triggers
You Can’t Make Me
     Rearrange Your Quality World
     Behavior Review
     Addiction Review
About the Author
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