Rehab Your Brain to Stay Out of the Legal System

Non-Fiction - Self Help
110 Pages
Reviewed on 11/27/2015
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Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite

In an interesting and thought-provoking new book by debut author Dr. Jay Faber, Escape: Rehab Your Brain to Stay Out of the Legal System puts forward the idea that those who have repetitive issues with the legal system have "bad brains" and, with consistent work, they can rehab their brains to successfully stay out of the trouble they had been in before. Utilizing easy to follow and practical exercises at the end of each chapter, Dr. Faber's system is designed to walk those who have frequent interactions with the legal system down a path that will lead them to a positive and successful life.

I found Escape: Rehab Your Brain to Stay Out of the Legal System to be a highly insightful and well designed program that has been put together with the aim of the betterment of both individuals and society as a whole. Author Dr. Jay Faber uses some excellent real life examples to show some of the successes in his program. This book would be a wonderful read for any individual who struggles with negative interactions that have led them into legal trouble, people that work with those individuals, and their families and loved ones. I can see this as an excellent resource for groups working on rehabilitative efforts, as well as for individual use. I highly recommend Escape: Rehab Your Brain to Stay Out of the Legal System and certainly hope that author Dr. Jay Faber is hard at work on another book of this ilk. If it's anything like this work, it will be well worth the endeavor.

Janelle Fila

Escape: Rehab Your Brain to Stay Out of the Legal System by Jay Faber is a non fiction self help book for people who constantly find themselves on the wrong side of the law, or those people trying to help them like family members, friends, defense attorneys, parole officers, and counselors. It is a self help book for anyone recently released from prison who wants to work within the law, develop healthy relationships, and stay out of trouble.

The author, Jay Faber, believes that individuals who constantly have a hard time following the rules of the law have a miswired brain. He believes the brain can be rewired to change these types of people into contributing members of society, and sets the stage for that rewiring within his book. Each chapter presents exercises that the reader can use to start working immediately on rewiring his or her brain. There are also success stories that give examples of people that have used these practices to reshape their lives and become productive members of society.

I really enjoyed the personal stories within this book. I felt that made the concepts easier to relate to, knowing that other people have gone through similar experiences and received the outcome they anticipated. I also loved the setup of this book. The pictures were very inspiring and beautiful. I think this book has a niche audience but could be beneficial for anyone suffering from this ideology who is looking for a new, fresh way to face this problem.

Deborah Lloyd

Jay Faber, MD presents a new program for people who have entered, or could soon be entering, the legal system in his book Escape: Rehab Your Brain to Stay Out of the Legal System. In the introduction, psychiatrist Dr. Faber acknowledges some parts of his program have themes similar to other programs. The distinction, however, is the inclusion of a new understanding of brain physiology. Due to technological advances, the medical field is growing in knowledge of how the human brain functions. The effects of traumatic brain injury, substance abuse, and thoughts/beliefs are being researched. Throughout the book, Dr. Faber shares thought-provoking statistics, such as 85% of incarcerated people have a substance abuse problem, and therefore brains that do not work well. His program is composed of several main components - scheduling; self-esteem; sobriety; growing; mentoring.

Escape: Rehab Your Brain to Stay Out of the Legal System by Jay Faber contains a program and a workbook to assist people in escaping the legal system. He includes many real life and relatable stories to illustrate each aspect of the program. The inclusion of song lyrics will also be appealing to the targeted audience. Beginning with the action of developing a daily schedule is an imaginative way to organize and prioritize one’s time and he demonstrates the value of this exercise. The explanation of neuro-anatomy and behavioral changes appears in the section on sobriety. The information is new and fascinating. Overall, this is an excellent book for this special population.