Living Sober Book Chapters

📒Still Standing ✍ Bucky Sinister

Still Standing Book
✏Book Title : Still Standing
✏Author : Bucky Sinister
✏Publisher : Mango Media Inc.
✏Release Date : 2011-02-01
✏Pages : 151
✏ISBN : 9781609252977
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏Still Standing Book Summary : Stories That Heal You and the Hard Times That Don't Kill You Bucky Sinister a recovered alcoholic and veteran of the punk rock and spoken word scene, brings the stories from the trenches about how to get sober, stay sober, and live sober. Beyond the 12-step guide. Still Standing brings you the stories from the misfits, freaks, and weirdos that have come to recovery from a variety of backgrounds including tattoo artists, bartenders, musicians, and flight attendants to help answer the What Now? Question of living sober. Using a mixture of poetic reflection, autobiography and philosophy, Bucky Sinister turns this beyond the 12-step guide into a manual that helps unpack the mind when it’s overly packed. Stories heal. Bucky Sinister knows all too well the power that words contain. Sober since February 19th, 2002, he’s traveled near and far to bring tales from the trenches about the ups and downs to truly living sober. If you enjoyed books like Codependent No More, Drop the Rock, or High Achiever, you’ll love Still Standing.

📒The Recovery Book ✍ Al J. Mooney

The Recovery Book Book
✏Book Title : The Recovery Book
✏Author : Al J. Mooney
✏Publisher : Workman Publishing
✏Release Date : 2014-09-09
✏Pages : 624
✏ISBN : 9780761183150
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏The Recovery Book Book Summary : “A classic. Read it. Use it. It can help guide you step by step into the bright light of the world of recovery.” —from the Foreword by Harry Haroutunian, M.D., Physician Director, Betty Ford Center “The Recovery Book is the Bible of recovery. Everything you need to know you will find in here.” —Neil Scott, host, Recovery Coast to Coast radio Hope, support, and a clear road map for people with drug or alcohol addiction. Announcing a completely revised and updated second edition of The Recovery Book, the Bible of addiction recovery. The Recovery Book provides a direct and easy-to-follow road map to every step in the recovery process, from the momentous decision to quit to the emotional, physical, and spiritual issues that arise along the way. Its comprehensive and effective advice speaks to people with addiction, their loved ones, and addiction professionals who need a proven, trusted resource and a supportive voice. The new edition of The Recovery Book features the revolutionary Recovery Zone System, which divides a life in recovery into three chronological zones and provides guidance on exactly what to do in each zone. First is the Red Zone, where the reader is encouraged to stop everything, activate their recovery and save their life. Next is the Yellow Zone, where the reader can begin to rebuild a life that was torn apart by addiction. Finally, the reader reaches the Green Zone, where he can enjoy a life a recovery and help others. Readers also learn how to use the Recovery Zone ReCheck, a simple, yet very effective relapse prevention tool. The Recovery Zone System works hand-in-hand with the 12-step philosophy and all other recovery methods. In addition, The Recovery Book covers new knowledge about addiction mechanisms and neuroplasticity, explaining how alcohol and drugs alter the brain. The authors outline a simple daily practice, called TAMERS, that helps people to use those same processes to “remold their brains” around recovery, eventually making sobriety a routine way of life. Written by Al J. Mooney, M.D., a recovery activist who speaks internationally on recovery, and health journalists Catherine Dold and Howard Eisenberg, The Recovery Book covers all the latest in addiction science and recovery methods. In 26 chapters and over 600 pages, The Recovery Book tackles issues such as: Committing to Recovery: Identifying and accepting the problem; deciding to get sober. Treatment Options: Extensive information on all current options, and how to choose a program. AA and other 12-Step Fellowships: How to get involved in a mutual-support group and what it can do for you. Addiction Science and Neuroplasticity: How alcohol and drugs alter pathways in the brain, and how to use the same processes to remold the brain around recovery. Relapse Prevention: The Recovery Zone ReCheck, a simple new technique to anticipate and avoid relapses. Rebuilding Your Life: How to handle relationships, socializing, work, education, and finances. Physical and Mental Health: Tips for getting healthy; how to handle common ailments. Pain Control: How to deal with pain in recovery; how to avoid a relapse if you need pain control for surgery or emergency care. Family and Friends: How you can help a loved one with addiction, and how you can help yourself. Raising Substance-Free Kids: How to “addiction-proof” your child. The Epidemic of Prescription Drugs: Now a bigger problem than illegal drugs. Dr. Al J. Mooney has been helping alcoholics and addicts get their lives back for more than thirty years, using both his professional and personal experiences at his family’s treatment center, Willingway, and most recently through his work as medical director for The Healing Place of Wake County (NC), a homeless shelter. The Recovery Book will help millions gain control of their mind, their body, their life, and their happiness.

101 Meeting Starters Book
✏Book Title : 101 Meeting Starters
✏Author : Mel B.
✏Publisher : Simon and Schuster
✏Release Date : 2010-03-16
✏Pages : 224
✏ISBN : 9781592859313
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏101 Meeting Starters Book Summary : A friendly, first-ever guide to making the most of your Twelve Step meetings. Mel B's 101 Meeting Starters is a friendly, first-ever guide to making the most of Twelve Step meetings. Anyone who has participated in a Twelve Step meeting knows the benefit of these confidential forums for sharing the experience, strength, and hope that sustain recovery. Sometimes, however, meetings get sidetracked by irrelevant topics, dominant speakers, or other distractions, leaving attendees feeling frustrated or unfulfilled. This collection of dynamic Twelve Step "meeting starters" brings focus and meaning to group discussions with topics including "Dealing with Rejection," "Attracting Trouble," "Happy Coincidences," and "Live and Let Live.

📒Being Sober And Becoming Happy ✍ John A. MacDougall

Being Sober And Becoming Happy Book
✏Book Title : Being Sober and Becoming Happy
✏Author : John A. MacDougall
✏Publisher : John Macdougall
✏Release Date : 2013-09
✏Pages : 216
✏ISBN : 0615847374
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏Being Sober and Becoming Happy Book Summary : In this hopeful and useful guide, Dr. John MacDougall explains how to maintain our spiritual condition so that we can remain reliably sober, and come to restore our relationships with God, ourselves, and those we love. By practicing the spiritual principles of the Twelve Step programs, and making a daily commitment to our program of recovery, we reliably become happy. Contents Introduction Chapter 1: Staying Sober Chapter 2: Spirituality and Recovery Chapter 3: Surrender and Trust Chapter 4: Practice What Principles Chapter 5: Spiritual Recovery from Trauma and Abuse Chapter 6: Love and Romance Chapter 7: Hope Chapter 8: Finding Joy in Life Chapter 9: Becoming Happy Advance reviews for Being Sober and Becoming Happy: THIS BOOK IS WRITTEN BY A BRILLIANT MIND WITH A GIFT FOR HUMOR, CLARITY, ORIGINALITY, AND MOST IMPORTANT -SIMPLICITY. IN MY OPINION, NO BETTER BOOK HAS BEEN WRITTEN ON RELAPSE PREVENTION AND THE 12 STEPS SINCE THE BIG BOOK. THE AUTHOR HAS SPENT 30 YEARS IN AL-ANON, NA AND AA AND KNOWS WHAT HELPS - AND WHAT DOESN'T - BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS. OF EQUAL IMPORTANCE, THIS IS A BOOK ABOUT POSITIVE TRANSFORMATION FOR US ALL, ESPECIALLY THOSE IN RECOVERY FROM ANY SORT OF SUFFERING. George E, Vaillant MD Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School Author of Spiritual Evolution "As we realize we have a God, rather than we are gods, we get to stop trying to control life, and we get to simply live life instead. I've decided that my life is unmanageable only when I am trying to manage it. My life isn't meant to be managed, it is meant to be lived." This quote is one of the hundreds of pithy ideas from John MacDougall's new book, the book you are soon to be engrossed in. His insights, and they materialize with ease on every page, are amazing and I've loved hearing him share them in meetings and on the "circuit" for years. But having all that wisdom, told with humor at times, but with clarity always, in one place is what makes this book invaluable. John simply gets to the core of any issue with such ease, and he makes himself understood with little work on the reader's part. He writes, or speaks, and we listen and learn with our hearts and minds. John MacDougall has been instrumental in the lives of so many people, those in the fellowship and those who have simply been lucky enough to share a few moments of his time while passing through some stage of life. He doesn't reserve his gift of understanding how life works, life without alcohol or pills but always with a God of one's understanding, for any one group of people. John is simply "the whole package," wherever you meet him; on the pages of a book or in a meeting or an auditorium. You get him whole, unfiltered and erupting always with knowledge, wisdom, humor and a loving heart. Every time you are in his presence, you come away knowing more about the 12 Steps and how to live them, and with the backdrop of humor that helps to make the information even more significant. I love this book! Even after 37 years in Alcoholics Anonymous and a few more than that in Al-Anon, I found myself jotting down insights for my own edification, and to share with others. That's what spending any time with John is like. We are never too old to take on a new idea, one that not only benefits us but every single person who is crossing our path quite by divine appointment, today or any tomorrow. John has gotten better with age, with his commitment to the work of helping others, and his passion for passing on that which he has learned. Every one who chooses to gather even an inkling of the wisdom in these pages will bring benefit to the world we all share. Thank you, John. Thank you for helping every one of us make a difference in this life through the application of the principles you so completely embody. Karen Casey, Ph.D., author of Each Day A New Beginning. See

Staying Sober In Mexico City Book
✏Book Title : Staying Sober in Mexico City
✏Author : Stanley Brandes
✏Publisher : University of Texas Press
✏Release Date : 2010-01-01
✏Pages : 259
✏ISBN : 9780292783256
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏Staying Sober in Mexico City Book Summary : Staying sober is a daily struggle for many men living in Mexico City, one of the world's largest, grittiest urban centers. In this engaging study, Stanley Brandes focuses on a common therapeutic response to alcoholism, Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.), which boasts an enormous following throughout Mexico and much of Latin America. Over several years, Brandes observed and participated in an all-men's chapter of A.A. located in a working class district of Mexico City. Employing richly textured ethnography, he analyzes the group's social dynamics, therapeutic effectiveness, and ritual and spiritual life. Brandes demonstrates how recovering alcoholics in Mexico redefine gender roles in order to preserve masculine identity. He also explains how an organization rooted historically in evangelical Protestantism has been able to flourish in Roman Catholic Latin America.

I Second The Motion Book
✏Book Title : I Second The Motion
✏Author : Joe Chavez
✏Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
✏Release Date : 2010-06-30
✏Pages : 108
✏ISBN : 9781450041058
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏I Second The Motion Book Summary : According to author Joe Chavez, Oxford houses have been in continuous existence since the first house opened in 1975. Today there are over 1,400 houses opened in forty-six states in the United States, Canada, Australia, and our newest international house located in the African country of Ghana. This book is a collection of stories from the men and women of Oxford House. Their lives have changed for the better in this institution, overcoming addiction using a peer-based strategy of group living. “The stories in this book are from people who, as you will read, were hardcore addicts and alcoholics who gained long-term sobriety only after living in Oxford houses. This is a testament to the power of positive peer pressure and democracy in a diverse and, sometimes, contentious environment,” says Chavez.

The Courage To Surrender Book
✏Book Title : The Courage to Surrender
✏Author : John W.
✏Publisher :
✏Release Date : 2013-12-06
✏Pages : 185
✏ISBN : 9781456618902
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏The Courage to Surrender Book Summary : Unlike the memoir of a famous person, my story lives with the millions of baby boomers who passed me a joint and a beer in college and again at the corporate picnic. Before the Woodstock weekend in 1969, I graduated from college and married the mother of our love child, began training for a computer programming career, and a few months later got a high number in the draft lottery. My use of recreational drugs escalated from fun getting high to a craving that trumped my love for drinking beer. I secured a project manager job at the corporate offices of a world-wide company which is where I entered a fast lane that became a free fall to the bottom of my life. My days began by smoking dope to medicate my alcohol ravaged insides, so I could tolerate the gridlock of morning rush hour traffic. Business days included getting high at noon while on the way to seedy strip joints for a lunch of drinking. The true measure of my self-destruction lay hidden on the dark side of my life where substances and out of control people influenced me into doing things I knew were wrong. On Dec 17, 2001 my doctor showed me the results of my physical to explain that if I continued to drink I would die sooner rather than later. His prognosis scared me, so I poured out my alcohol and used an old AA schedule to attend the first of some 1800 meetings. My story is full of experiences from my days at the bottom of life, through the first years in recovery, to a day in sobriety. My book combines short stories of life with vivid descriptions of actual situations that allow the reader to see this life-threatening disease from all angles. There are messages for the friends and family of an addict, so they can see that secrecy and enabling are part of the madness. When you have finished my memoir some of the mystery that surrounds alcoholism and drug addiction will be answered: why people hit deep bottoms, fear based decisions, motive driven behavior, and how the disease twists the mind of the alcoholic / drug addict. Although my past is a mixture of shame and guilt, I'll tell you who I was, what I did, and the lessons I had to learn more than once. Since Dec. 17, 2001 I have not found a problem or instance that I thought drinking and using would improve. I do not preach the virtues of sobriety I merely open my story for the reader to take what they need.

Overcoming Your Alcohol Or Drug Problem Book
✏Book Title : Overcoming Your Alcohol or Drug Problem
✏Author : Dennis C. Daley
✏Publisher : Oxford University Press
✏Release Date : 2006-06-15
✏Pages : 192
✏ISBN : 9780199885732
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏Overcoming Your Alcohol or Drug Problem Book Summary : A substance use problem exists when one experiences any type of difficulty related to using alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs including illicit street drugs or prescribed drugs such as painkillers or tranquilizers. The difficulty can be in any area of life; medical or physical, psychological, family, interpersonal, social, academic, occupational, legal, financial, or spiritual. This expanded new edition of the successful Graywind Publications title provides the reader with practical information and skills to help them understand and change a drug or alcohol problem. Designed to be used in conjunction with therapy or counseling, it focuses on special issues involved in stopping substance use and in changing behaviors or aspects of one's lifestyle that keep the substance use problem active. The information presented is derived from a wealth of research studies, and discusses the most effective recovery strategies from the examination of cognitive-behavoral treatment. TreatmentsThatWorkTM represents the gold standard of behavioral healthcare interventions! · All programs have been rigorously tested in clinical trials and are backed by years of research · A prestigious scientific advisory board, led by series Editor-In-Chief David H. Barlow, reviews and evaluates each intervention to ensure that it meets the highest standard of evidence so you can be confident that you are using the most effective treatment available to date · Our books are reliable and effective and make it easy for you to provide your clients with the best care available · Our corresponding workbooks contain psychoeducational information, forms and worksheets, and homework assignments to keep clients engaged and motivated · A companion website ( offers downloadable clinical tools and helpful resources · Continuing Education (CE) Credits are now available on select titles in collaboration with PsychoEducational Resources, Inc. (PER)

Live Better South Of The Border In Mexico Book
✏Book Title : Live Better South of the Border in Mexico
✏Author : Mexico Mike Nelson
✏Publisher : Fulcrum Publishing
✏Release Date : 2005
✏Pages : 279
✏ISBN : 1555915469
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏Live Better South of the Border in Mexico Book Summary : Helps readers explore the pros and cons of living and working in Mexico.

White Knuckles And Wishful Thinking Book
✏Book Title : White Knuckles and Wishful Thinking
✏Author : George Manter DuWors
✏Publisher : Seattle ; Toronto : Hogrefe & Huber Publisher
✏Release Date : 2000
✏Pages : 393
✏ISBN : UOM:39015050143570
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏White Knuckles and Wishful Thinking Book Summary : New features of the revised edition of this popular book include: -- Learning from relapse questionaire -- Chapters include exercises for patients and study questions for students -- Connects experience of relapse to tools of recovery -- Spells out the role of spirituality in relapse prevention -- Links psychological and physiological craving -- Describes and illustrates the Arrow model for coping This book aims to explain the moment of relapse, and to provide practical help for counsellors and clients struggling to avoid relapse. The ideas and techniques are compatible with the Alcoholics Anonymous and other Twelve Step Programs. The book is written at three groups: (1) professionals and others fighting on the chemical dependency front; (2) trainees seeking to join the fray and their teachers; and (3) clients whose counsellors recommend it. Two specific relapse experiences are the main focus of this approach: (1) exactly how to deal with the actual moment and process of relapse itself; (2) how the addict looks at himself before and after drinking, and how this "split" plays a key role in perpetuating relapse and blocking recovery. The author offers a variety of practical techniques for the therapist, some of which are also usable in self-help groups. Based on more than 20 years' experience as a front line practitioner treating and counselling alcoholics, George Du Wors has revised his clearly, lucidly written text, introducing new ideas and techniques that have proved themselves in practice.