The R.E.H.A.B.™

R.E.H.A.B.™ - Objective

Words are powerful and persuasive. Our language precedes our behavior. The content of our self-talk and the internalized labels we have accepted by other people who describe us, become self-fulfilling because our brains adapt to a particular mindset that we have learned. In this regard, the first course of action we can take, and the most important starting point for you--or someone you love and care about who is currently being challenged by an addictive behavior--is to change the deficit-based, emotionally-charged and negatively connoted language used in the field of addiction. In this way, you can learn to rethink your self-identity in healthier and more empowering ways. Such rethinking would be to view yourself without labels and with self-compassion--and to seek help by others who are open, receptive, kind, compassionate, nonjudgmental and empathetic. Register for free and download my free gift to you on why we need to rethink how we currently treat addictive behaviors.

About the Book

Breaking new ground, "Tony Bevacqua asks us to rethink the way we talk about and treat addictive behaviors. By examining our outdated notions about "addiction," Bevacqua offers an alternative perspective to the conventional one-size-fits-all mind-set."



Academic Book Review


Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, is a publication of the Association of College & Research Libraries, and the premier source for reviews of academic books and digital resources of interest to scholars and students in higher education. More than 22,000 librarians, faculty, and key decision makers rely on Choice magazine and Choice Reviews Online for collection development and scholarly research. Choice reaches almost every undergraduate college and university library in the United States.

  Choice Book Review:

"Looking at the interconnectedness of addiction, relapse, and 12-step programs, Bevacqua (a personal coach, practicing psychologist, and teacher of psychology) offers an excellent explanation of why 12-step programs often fail their participants. Drawing from his own experience, the author rejects the ‘reductionist’ ideals of powerlessness that underlie the ubiquitous 12-step programs and treatment centers, providing articulate, needed criticism of the pathologizing nature of 12-step programs and the high rates of relapse among participants. He advocates for individualized, integrative treatment rooted in humanistic principles and cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness interventions. In providing this accessible, long-overdue examination of the etiology and treatment of addictive behaviors, the author provides readers—including individuals who struggle with addictive behaviors—with a compassionate framework for understanding what drives these problematic behaviors. Students will find here a critical argument against the disease model; clinicians working with addiction will find both a path away from the one-size-fits-all approach to addiction and support for offering clients lasting change. In sum, this is a thoughtful, readable argument for modernizing society’s conceptualization and treatment of addiction. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers." (CHOICE)