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Sober for Good: New Solutions for Drinking Problems, Advice From Those Who Have Succeeded | [Anne M. Fletcher]

Sober for Good: New Solutions for Drinking Problems, Advice From Those Who Have Succeeded

Finally someone has gone straight to the real experts: hundreds of men and women who have resolved a drinking problem. Best-selling author Anne M. Fletcher asked them a simple question: how did you do it? The result is the first completely unbiased guide for problem drinkers, which shatters long-held assumptions about alcohol recovery.
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Finally someone has gone straight to the real experts: hundreds of men and women who have resolved a drinking problem. Best-selling author Anne M. Fletcher asked them a simple question: how did you do it? The result is the first completely unbiased guide for problem drinkers, which shatters long-held assumptions about alcohol recovery.

  • Myth #1: AA is the only way to get sober. Reality: More than half of the people Fletcher found recovered without AA.
  • Myth #2: You can't get sober on your own. Reality: Many people got sober by themselves.
  • Myth #3: To get sober, you have to admit you're an alcoholic. Reality: Many people, even some with very serious drinking problems, recovered without calling themselves alcoholics.
  • Myth #4: One drink inevitably leads right back to the bottle. Reality: A small number of people find they can have an occasional drink.
  • Myth #5: There's nothing you can do for someone with a drinking problem until he or she is ready. Reality: Family and friends can make a big difference if they know how to help.

    Weaving together the success stories of ordinary people and the latest scientific research on the subject, Fletcher uncovers a simple truth: no single path to sobriety is right for every individual. There are many ways to get sober, and stay sober. The most comprehensive book on alcohol recovery available, Sober for Good includes motivational strategies from former problem drinkers; suggestions on what to do if you're not ready to quit; advice for family and friends of problem drinkers; a complete "Consumer Guide" to the many recovery options and how to find what's right for you. Sober for Good is for anyone who has ever struggled not to drink, coped with someone who has a drinking problem, or secretly wondered, "Do I drink too much?"

    ©2001 Anne M. Fletcher; (P)2002 Houghton Mifflin Company

  • What the Critics Say

    "Fletcher provides a useful overview of the varieties of recovery programs and practices". (Publishers Weekly)
    "A seamless array of superbly told stories highlights people in all segments of society who, each in his or her own way, declared their lives would be better sober. The effect is that all nine hours will encourage even the casual listener to take a heartfelt look at the many faces of alcohol abuse and recovery." (AudioFile)

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      Rod Morgan 11-30-08
      Rod Morgan 11-30-08 Member Since 2004

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      "Useful research, but not a how-to"

      Author Fletcher's self-admitted unscientific panel of what she preciously describes as "masters" (again and again and again, in one of the recording's most annoying aspects) provide support for her argument that different people can and do address alcohol issues in different ways. If you have a general interest in the topic of alcoholism, or if you are concerned about your own drinking patterns, this book can be quite useful.

      The danger of this volume, however, is that those currently in treatment could use it to justify halting their current regimen in order to experiment with some of the techniques described. As many of the methods are new and not well-documented (or, in some cases, still being perfected), I believe even the author herself would be concerned about such a decision on the part of the listener/reader.

      To my ear, the best thing about the book is how scrupulously honest the author is about Alcoholics Anonymous - clarifying popular misconceptions about the organization while holding it up as the technique with perhaps the highest success rate. She has a blind spot about AA's "higher power" concept and continually identifies "masters" for whom that aspect of AA was a deal-breaker.

      Recording quality is very good, and the author reads her work with energy and enthusiasm. If you find the recording of interest, you will likely wind up buying a hard-copy, as locating specific topics is difficult with the CDs and a very large, helpful appendix in the print version is not included in the audiobook.

      If you are currently in treatment, please discuss the concepts in the book with your doctor before taking independent action.

      9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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      Valerie G 11-03-05
      Valerie G 11-03-05
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      "Offers Hope for the Unconventional Addict"

      This book provides a refreshing look at the many paths to addiction recovery and how people frame the concept of sobriety in their own lives. For those adverse to the heavily God focussed 12 step approach or the extremism of Rational Recovery, the author provides countless case examples of individuals who have used various methods for staying sober and have gone on with their lives. A great read for those needing hope and inspiration.

      8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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      Julie Hanover, PA, USA 03-09-07
      Julie Hanover, PA, USA 03-09-07
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      I don't believe there could ever be too many books on this subject. Everyone is so different and clearly what works for one won't work for another. This book offers alternatives and although I don't personally suffer from alcoholism, I have friends who do. Many different approaches are needed and this book fills that need.

      4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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      annhere Abbotsford, B.C., Canada 07-29-05
      annhere Abbotsford, B.C., Canada 07-29-05 Member Since 2002

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      "SOBER FOR GOOD - GREAT!"

      I am truly amazed at how much I have learned from listening to this book. Anne Fletcher has thoroughly researched her topic and provides fascinating accounts of people who have emerged from the depths of Hell into the light of recovery. These courageous folks travelled a variety of paths to health and happiness and are an inspiration to others still struggling. I highly recommend this book and feel sure you will not regret purchasing same.

      8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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      Thomas Jacksonville, FL, US Minor Outlying Islands 05-08-09
      Thomas Jacksonville, FL, US Minor Outlying Islands 05-08-09
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      "A good place to start"

      The author examines the impact of problem drinking in depth by surveying a large sample of "masters" - the term used to describe the people she interviewed who had either quit or substantially changed thir relationship with alcohol.

      The book also serves as a clearing house of information and resources for those wanting to take the first step toward sobriety.

      This is not a how-to/self-help book, rather a calalyst for introspection, allowing the reader to discover the strategy that best suits his or her personality.

      2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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      SDphotoman 07-15-14
      SDphotoman 07-15-14 Member Since 2013

      I love to lsiten to audio books.

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      "Wide Stroke of the Alcohol Brush"
      Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

      No not for me, But if YOU have never sought help before for alcohol addiction this book will help you to better understand what is out there and the basics of each program. That was not the case for me as I have been out there.


      What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

      The most interesting was when the writer explained all the options that are currently out there for those looking for help. The least interesting was the repetitive use of the word "Master's."


      Would you listen to another book narrated by Anne M. Fletcher?

      No, I don't think so.


      Was Sober for Good worth the listening time?

      No, not for me.


      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      James boxborough, ma, United States 02-09-13
      James boxborough, ma, United States 02-09-13 Member Since 2010

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      "Helpful to Learn What Works for Different Folk"
      Where does Sober for Good rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

      high


      Who was your favorite character and why?

      NA


      What does Anne M. Fletcher bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

      Her mouth and eyeballs


      What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

      Most people in her sample felt "one day at a time" was not the right approach for them. Most felt the key to their success was deciding never to drink again. They needed to change their self-concept from "drinker" to "non-drinker" and to commit to themselves the change was fundamental and permanent. Even most of her AA participants said they just quietly dissented from the "one day at a time" precept of AA. Remember, her sample is only people who have been sober for at least 5 years, so it is not representative of a sample that includes people who try and fail.


      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Eric Chicago, IL, United States 03-01-12
      Eric Chicago, IL, United States 03-01-12
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      "Boring"
      What would have made Sober for Good better?

      Perhaps a narration by someone who actually is invested in the material...or someone who can at least fake it.


      Would you ever listen to anything by Anne M. Fletcher again?

      Nope


      How did the narrator detract from the book?

      See above


      0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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