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
"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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Her mouth and eyeballs
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.
Perhaps a narration by someone who actually is invested in the material...or someone who can at least fake it.
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