The nightmare of drinking can end—today! The criteria: You must choose to learn how to stop and stay stopped. Take a unique and refreshing look at the science behind our addictive drinking patterns and see how we’ve subconsciously and unwittingly programmed ourselves for failure. Learn to reprogram your subconscious mind and begin the journey that will forever change the trajectory of your life. A new you is waiting to emerge. Will you let it? Holding on is killing you; letting go is unfathomable. The acquisition of life skills, competencies, and universal principles will change your relationship with alcohol—forever. • Understand the power of your subconscious mind and why you couldn’t stop drinking even when you’ve thought you wanted to. • Learn and implement the five key competencies for lasting sobriety. • Get comfortable with you—so comfortable that the thought of drinking becomes ludicrous. Learn to be thriving, not surviving, in your life!
Working with clients who abuse drugs or alcohol poses formidable challenges to the clinician. Addicted persons are often confronting multiple, complex problems, from the denial of the addiction itself, to legacies of early trauma or abuse, to histories of broken relationships with parents, spouses, and children. Making matters more confusing, the treatment field is too often splintered into different approaches, each with its own competing claims. This eloquently written book proposes a narrative approach that builds a much-needed bridge between family therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and addictions counseling. Demonstrated are innovative, flexible ways to help clients form new understandings of what has happened in their lives, explore their relationships to drugs and alcohol, and develop new stories to guide and nourish their recovery.
Paul B. has over 40 years of experience as a radio/TV writer, broadcaster, and talk show host. He began his career as reporter for the Boston Globe.Twelve years later he wrote a book about the Cocoanut Grove Fire of 1942, in which 590 persons were killed. After the success of this book he accepted a position on a CBS owned radio station in Boston. Next came a television opportunity in Chicago. He then returned to Boston and began his own morning TV talk show. For the next 32 years his hectic schedule created a steam-kettle atmosphere fueled by alcohol, continuing for the next 32 years.In 1983, Paul B. came to Alcoholics Anonymous. While in this program he collected the remarkable quotations that comprise this book.ON SOBER REFLECTION is an excellent compilation of statements from people struggling with the burden of alcoholism. Written by someone who has remained alcohol free for an amazing 45 years, this book is a valuable tool for anyone struggling with alcoholism or for any loved one struggling with this problem.
In this book, Johnston argues that affirmation is not only encouragement or support, but also the primary mechanism we use to form our identities and create safe spaces. Using the work of feminist care ethics and the thinking of French philosopher Henri Bergson to examine responses to school bullying and abuses faced by LGBT older adults, he provides the theoretical analysis and practical tools LGBT people and their allies need to make all spaces, public and private, spaces in which we can live openly as members of the LGBT community. With its combination of philosophical theory and on-the-ground activist experience, this text will be useful to anyone interested in philosophy, women’s and gender studies, psychology, aging, geriatrics, and LGBT activism.
A Hedonist's Guide to Living a Decadent, Adventurous, Soulful Life--Alcohol Free
Author: Amanda Eyre Ward
A sober hedonist's guide to living a decadent, wild, and soulful life--alcohol-free. In a culture where sipping "rosé all day" is seen as the epitome of relaxation, "grabbing a drink" the only way to network; and meeting at a bar the quintessential "first date," many of us are left wondering if drinking alcohol really is the only way to cultivate joy and connection in life. Jardine Libaire and Amanda Eyre Ward wanted to live spontaneous and luxurious lives, to escape the ordinary and enjoy the intoxicating. Their drinking, however, had started to numb them to the present moment instead of unlocking it. Ward was introduced to Libaire when she first got sober. As they became friends, the two women talked about how they yearned to create lives that were Technicolor, beautifully raw, connected, blissed out, and outside the lines . . . but how? In The Sober Lush, Libaire and Ward provide a road map for living a lush and sensual life without booze. This book offers ideas and instruction for such nonalcoholic joys as: • The allure of "the Vanish," in which one disappears early from the party without saying goodbye to a soul, to amble home under the stars • The art of creating zero-proof cocktails for all seasons • Having a fantastic first date while completely sober • A primer on setting up your own backyard beehive, and honey tastings For anyone curious about lowering their alcohol consumption or quitting drinking altogether, or anyone established in sobriety who wants inspiration, this shimmering and sumptuous book will show you how to keep indulging in life even if you stop indulging in alcohol.
Calvinism s influence and reputation have received ample scholarly attention. But how John Calvin himself his person, character, and deeds was remembered, commemorated, and memorialized, is a question few historians have addressed. Focussing on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, this volume aims to open up the subject with chapters on Calvin s monumentalization in statues and museums, his appearance in novels, children s books, and travel writing, his iconic function for Hungarian nationalists and Presbyterian missionaries to China, his reputation among Mormons and freethinkers, and his rivalry with Michael Servetus in French Protestant memory. The result is a fresh contribution to the field of religious memory studies and an invitation to further comparative research.Contributors include: R. Bryan Bademan, Patrick Cabanel, R. Scott Clark, Thomas J. Davis, Stephen S. Francis, Joe B. Fulton, Botond Gaál, Stefan Laube, Johan de Niet, Herman Paul, James Rigney, Michèle Sacquin, Jonathan Seitz, Robert Vosloo, Bart Wallet, and Valentine Zuber.
Personal Identity is a comprehensive introduction to the nature of the self and its relation to the body. Harold Noonan places the problem of personal identity in the context of more general puzzles about identity, discussing the major historical theories and more recent debates. The second edition of Personal Identity contains a new chapter on 'animalism' and a new section on vagueness.
This book was the result of participation of a substance abuse group during a period of 3 years. In order to keep the group focused on it’s main purpose, participant’s were requested to state at least one coping skill that kept them sober. In order to maintain confidentiality, these participants have not been named but have been referred to as “co-authors” in order to recognize the important role they played in the creation of this book. “I would highly recommend this book. It bridges the gap between getting clean and sober and remaining clean and sober. It represents a useful guide for individuals in recovery as well as substance abuse practitioners.” —Jaime Barker, M.D., board certified psychiatrist
Are you struggling with addiction, whether to alcohol, prescription or illicit drugs, overeating, anorexia, bulimia or gambling, overspending and debt? Or are you in a relationship that is sex-addicted, codependent or self-destructive in another way? Cheryl Adler, MS, LCSW, DAPA, FAPA, speaks with compassion and insight. A psychotherapist, addictions counselor and educator, she is unafraid to delve into the harsh realities of addiction. Cheryl shares her 25+ years of experience and success stories to empower you to take the next steps to strengthen your sobriety and move toward your ultimate recovery. She shares her stories and insights to guide you in areas that addicts struggle with, including: Changing recovery from a clinical experience to one of adventure and self-discovery Designing a sobriety plan unique to you that focuses on your strengths and personal successes Creating healthy and loving relationships Choosing a rehab Finding a supportive therapist What you can learn from a 12-step program Transforming your environment Making healthy choices about nutrition and exercise so you'll start feeling better right away Integrating medication, prayer and spiritual practice into your recovery Becoming a good role model to your children Learn at your own pace and let a course at Sober University open doors to a healthier, more joyful life. Sober University is an invitation to successful recovery for any addiction. Integrating various modalities, Sober University offers cutting edge information. This book is essential! It nourishes the soul, it offers support, effective strategies, is realistic and filled with hope. Frederick Drobin, Ph.D.
Tips for Working a Twelve Step Program of Recovery
Author: Meredith Gould
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Day-to-day and moment-to-moment techniques plus program slogans and humor provide newcomers with fresh wisdom for maintaining sobriety. The fundamental components of staying sober--not using, going to meetings, reaching out, working the Steps, and serving other--are only the beginning of the strategies offered. Day-to-day and moment-to-moment techniques plus program slogans and humor provide newcomers with fresh wisdom for maintaining sobriety.
The Transformation of an Occupational Drinking Culture
Author: William J. Sonnenstuhl
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Category: Political Science
Americans assume that workers do not drink on the job and that, if they do, it is because they suffer from alcoholism rather than because they are conforming to occupational expectations. William J. Sonnenstuhl disagrees. He contends that some occupational cultures encourage heavy drinking. Moreover, his research suggests that the sense of community which motivates drinking can also sometimes inspire workers to break the pattern and work sober. Revised and updated, this report addresses questions often raised by employers and union leaders developing job-based programs to help alcoholic and other troubled employees. This new edition discusses the efforts of EAP workers, the historical development and key components of EAPs, and the importance of balance in program strategies and in corporate and union responsibilities.
Desistance is one of the big news stories of the criminological world. Research suggests that, as ‘offenders’ turn their backs on crime, they often change their identities as well as their behaviour. Yet we know much less about how reforming or transforming identity might be affected by gender, age or ethnicity. This book focuses on diversity and showcases research from a wide range of authors in the field. It considers the similarities and differences between desisting from crime and recovering from addiction. Taking the desistance and recovery debates in unfamiliar directions, it examines the experiences of change for individuals seeking healthier and more successful futures.
In a refreshingly clear-headed and informed approach to addiction, noted writer and radio host Bill Manville sums up what he's learned in more than forty years of research . . . twenty as a demon-driven drunk and twenty in recovery. From his popular show "Addictions and Answers," broadcast from KVML in Sonora, California, Manville has compiled a list of 88 questions and answers from, as he says, "a ton of plain and fancy drunks and dopers and their friends and families." As well, he offers valuable advice and information from his guests: noted psychiatrists, psychologists, rehab counselors, MDs, academics, and more. Here, in first-person detail, are responses to the issues faced by alcoholics, addicts, and their loved ones, such as: · How to intervene with a substance-abusing friend · How alcoholics can protect themselves from relapses · Evaluating therapies, both individual and group · How alcohol affects sex · Definitions of "social drinker," "heavy drinker," and alcoholic · The many faces of denial · Is alcoholism inherited? · How to choose the right rehab · Is there an addictive personality? · What role does spirituality play in recovery? A brave and transformational look at the treatment of chemical dependency, Cool, Hip, and Sober is a captivating, insightful and essential handbook for overcoming denial and achieving a peaceful, long-term recovery. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Melville, Kierkegaard, and Tragic Optimism in Polarized Worlds
Author: Jamie Lorentzen
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Despite that they didn't know each other, the writing styles of American writer Herman Melville and Danish writer Sren Kierkegaard complement each other, especially their humor, irony, penchants for paradox, and passions for imagery and poetics. In addition, their works similarly address issues of the world and time. Esthetic, ethical, social, philosophical, and theological paths on which they walk reveal similar footprints. Melville's and Kierkegaard's rebounding echoes reverberate in our highly charged and polarized times, speaking especially to the timeless conundrum of what Kierkegaard calls the "disastrous confounding of politics and religion" and what Melville calls "drunken" Christianitynamely, the intoxicated mixing of worldly issues with otherworldly issues without care paid to maintaining necessary ethical distinctions.
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.
Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne. The names of these and other French regions bring to mind time-honored winemaking practices. Yet the link between wine and place, in French known as terroir, was not a given. In The Sober Revolution, Joseph Bohling inverts our understanding of French wine history by revealing a modern connection between wine and place, one with profound ties to such diverse and sometimes unlikely issues as alcoholism, drunk driving, regional tourism, Algeria’s independence from French rule, and integration into the European Economic Community. In the 1930s, cheap, mass-produced wines from the Languedoc region of southern France and French Algeria dominated French markets. Artisanal wine producers, worried about the impact of these "inferior" products on the reputation of their wines, created a system of regional appellation labeling to reform the industry in their favor by linking quality to the place of origin. At the same time, the loss of Algeria, once the world’s largest wine exporter, forced the industry to rethink wine production. Over several decades, appellation producers were joined by technocrats, public health activists, tourism boosters, and other dynamic economic actors who blamed cheap industrial wine for hindering efforts to modernize France. Today, scholars, food activists, and wine enthusiasts see the appellation system as a counterweight to globalization and industrial food. But, as The Sober Revolution reveals, French efforts to localize wine and integrate into global markets were not antagonistic but instead mutually dependent. The time-honored winemaking practices that we associate with a pastoral vision of traditional France were in fact a strategy deployed by the wine industry to meet the challenges and opportunities of the post-1945 international economy. France’s luxury wine producers were more market savvy than we realize.
Romantic Sobriety explores the relationship among Romanticism, deconstruction, and Marxism by examining tropes of sensation and sobriety in a set of exemplary texts from Romantic literature and contemporary literary theory. Orrin N. C. Wang explains how themes of sensation and sobriety, along with Marxist-related ideas of revolution and commodification, set the terms of narrative surrounding the history of Romanticism as a movement. The book is both polemical and critical, engaging in debates with modern thinkers such as Paul de Man, Jacques Derrida, Walter Benn Michaels, and Slavoj Žižek, as well as presenting fresh readings of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century writers, including Wordsworth, Kant, Shelley, Byron, Bront , and Keats. Romantic Sobriety combines deeply complex, close readings with a broader reflection on Romanticism and its implications on literary study. It will interest scholars who study Romanticism from a number of perspectives, including those interested in bodily and social consumption, the roles of addiction and abstinence in literature, the connection between literary and visual culture, the intersection of critical theory and Romanticism, and the relationships among language, historical knowledge, and political practice.