Book Reviews of I Want to Change My Life

Amazon Reviews By Counselors and Health Professionals

I work in the addiction field, and have been looking for a book that simplifies the issues, and provides an action plan for change. This is it. It covers everything and explains it too. It is incredible. A Must Read. By Redhead

I use this book many times every week. I reference material for our residential clients and use it as a teaching tool in my classes. Very good book. Very useful book. By Amazon Customer

Works well with groups or individuals. This will be used frequently by me. I just lent it to one of my co-workers. One of the best which I have read recently. By Melissa G. Medeiros

This is an excellent book. I use it to facilitate change in my clients who struggle with anxiety and depression. Dr. Melemis writes with intelligence, sincerity and compassion. I find it clearly written and easy to follow. Helps to facilitate positive change in one's life. By Caryn Miller

Wonderful publication. A very valuable addition to my research library. Very informative and easy reading. Extremely pleased with this purchase. Highly recommend to others. Wonderful Book. By Gwendolyn Dorsey - WPI Philosophy Writer

I was assigned this book for a psych class and loved it. While I found that the prescription for daily meditation might not be completely reasonable for my lifestyle I think that he does a great job of taking away the "hocus pocus" of meditation. The points about negative thinking were also life changing! Very insightful. By Eleanor Tansley

This book is very good reading and is being used in my counseling sessions. It is put together so drug and alcohol clients can understand the path to change. The shipment was fast and timely. I hope this will have a positive impact on my clients. Good book. I Want to change my life. By John Obrien

This book is very good, was recommended by a medical professional in the rehab facility and is, indeed, very good for recovering addicts. Great book. By Z. L.

Informative and a helpful tool for clients and individuals searching to change their lives!! Five Stars. By N. Ivey


Amazon Reviews on the Addiction Part of the Book

This book is amazing! I have tried to stop my anxiety and addiction. And have always failed. This book shows me from page one DIFFERENT ways and ideas for changing my coping skills. Thank you! This book is amazing! By Kristi

I am in recovery and this book gives me a lot of great ideas and inspires me daily to keep getting better every day. Recommend for anyone with substance abuse issue, anxiety, depression. Good Reading. By Sheryl

I am early in my recovery & learned a lot about myself by reading this book. The techniques given will be a huge factor in my recovery. Great book. By Campinglover

Great reference. Rehab manual. By Natale A. Fruci

Written by a compassionate doctor who works with alcoholics & addicts, this is a wonderful book which offers sound advice for coming to terms with addiction & avoiding relapse.
Dr. Melemis outlines a simple 5-point plan, the main thrust of which is that you must learn to relax & reduce stress which is a huge trigger for substance-abuse & relapse.
He emphasizes the importance of honest self-appraisal, the fact that recovery is virtually impossible to achieve alone. One needs the help & support of fellow addicts in structured meetings & to follow a tried & true route to recovery without slipping off into little detours of one's own devising which can lead one off track.
His first point, however, is that you MUST change your life & habits if you are to get well. You cannot just attempt to give up your substance without making many other changes. For example, continuing to frequent bars & "party" with drinking friends but ordering a soft drink just won't work for very long! And a gentler, kinder attitude towards others & oneself is helpful.
There is much advice for depression & tension, with very helpful pages on meditation, a priceless tool. "The most important thing you can do for the success of your recovery is to learn to relax," says Dr. Melemis. This book can really help you. Excellent practical advice & help for the addict/alcoholic. By Tomassina

For those with depression. Those with obsessive characters. Those recovering addicts. And you know, even those who simply want to retrain their brain to make them more pragmatic, positive and constructive characters. personally, "someone I know" recovering from tragic addiction has pretty much re-aligned his brain on the back of this book, especially with techniques to relax. Something one will suggest "huh, how to relax! That's easy" - well, learn how to do it PROPERLY, then reassess. Saved my life, literally. By S F.

Amazon Reviews on the Anxiety and Depression Part of the Book

I suffer from anxiety but not depression. Sometimes it is very difficult for me to get centered and calm and peaceful. I like reading this book at night because it puts things into perspective and allows me to get back in balance and have a great night's sleep and look forward to a great next day. I like reading this book at night because it puts things into perspective. By Dutch Girl

Having read many books around the subject of depression/stress/anxiety & addiction, this book is by far the best & strips the subject down to the important nut & bolts of how you can help yourself without all the fancy/expensive techniques. Excellent no nonsense advice! By David Thompson

A very good book and must read for anyone living with and working with family members with PTSD and anger issues. We showed it to our psychologist and he said it was a very good book to read. Very Good Book. By RJBJR

Amazon Reviews on the Life Skills Part of the Book

Loved the book. Completed it in one sitting. Will read again and practice techniques mentioned. Most times I felt connected to the book and author, almost like he was writing it just for me. Thank you! First book that captured my attention in a while. By Amazon Customer

The single best book I've read on mental health recovery. Written in short sections and straightforward language that is memorable and easy to absorb. More importantly, it focuses on practical techniques that can be put into action straight away. The single best book I've read on mental health recovery. By Gerard

I'm really glad I bought this book. It's comprehensively written, factual but is also easy to read and, at times, entertaining. It is full of practical tips on how to change your life and if anyone is interested in using Mind Body Relaxation and/or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to combat stress and tension then this is the book for them. You don't need to be suffering from anxiety, depression or addiction to benefit from this book. It's for anyone who needs help to relax. The best book I've ever bought. By Phaedra

Great read, I'd recommend to anyone needing help to quit anything! Well written, and in simple everyday language. I'd recommend it. Says what it does on the cover! By Lesley Allan

This book saved my life. Mindfulness is the key to it all. Thank you for publishing this book and helping me see the light. Amazing. By Robert P Turitz

This book is a great help for me, the best I have ever read on the subject it deals with, 10 out of 10 for me. The best I have ever read. By Nina Grevstad

The book was very informative and well-written. It contained "hands-on" advice and suggestions that I will be trying to incorporate into my everyday life. Everyone should read this book! By Gary Moore

Resourceful and actual explanations I can understand and apply. The relaxation explanation connects the dots for me and has been the missing link. Connecting the dots. By Shane Cousins

Fantastic! My wife and I have read this book together and it is great. On the Journey. By L. Journey

This is one of my favorite resources!! Priceless! Five Stars. By Stephen Timmer

This book breaks down why we feel the way we do into basic and fundamental reasons, in an easy to read and follow way. I have found it to be a comfort to read as it seems as though it's been written JUST for me.
Understanding why I feel the way I do, I'm in a much better position to identify and avoid those things that cause me to feel negatively. Also, the book offers direction on how to handle yourself when you get to a low point. These coping skills are priceless and the simple knowledge that I have a plan makes me feel better.
I would very highly recommend this book to anyone... not just people suffering from Anxiety, Depression and Addiction... There are some great life lessons in here that, without this book, most of us would have to learn the hard way.
I have returned to this book many times since my first read and will continue to do so. If you're feeling ready to take control of your life and learn to laugh and smile again, this book will teach you how. The Bible of Self Help. By P Richard Gardneron

Kirkus Book Review

A medical doctor, and cancer survivor, proposes steps for better living. Reading [the book] feels like sitting in the audience at a seminar, giving the impression that Melemis is a rather engaging speaker
There is throughout the book an air of hard-won certainty that is most noticeable in the later chapters on addiction, recovery and relapse-avoidance. Here, his stance is that of a positive, supportive coach rather than a medical practitioner. For example, while counseling addicts who might be thinking of using again, he sounds like a friend: “Remind yourself of how much better you feel now that you’ve stopped using. Think of how nice it is that you don’t have to lie. Your mind is clearer. You have more energy. Your mood is improving. Do you really want to blow all that?” It’s difficult to imagine a person in the grip of addiction for whom this advice would not be helpful. And Melemis’ underlying point—that perhaps more people are addicted to stressful behavior than are willing to admit it—is well-taken.
A quiet, sane, nonconfrontational call for people to take control of enjoying their lives—an important lesson in this frantic 21st century.
Review Posted Online: June 11th,2010

Last Modified:December 10, 2017