Monday, September 27, 2010

Review: 12 Smart Things to Do When the Booze and Drugs Are Gone: Choosing Emotional Sobriety through Self-Awareness and Right Action


Whether it's called 'dry drunk' or 'white knuckle sobriety,' it's that stage in recovery when we realize that 'putting the plug in the jug' isn't enough. The next step is taking responsibility for the emotional immaturity that fuels our addictive personality and has a tremendous impact on ourselves and others.

12 Smart Things to Do When the Booze and Drugs Are Gone, Allen Berger, Ph.D., draws on the teachings of Bill W. and psychotherapy pioneers to offer twelve hallmarks of emotional sobriety that, when practiced, give people the confidence to be accountable for their behavior, ask for what they want and need, and grow and develop a deeper trust in the process of life. These 'smart things' include:
  • Understanding who you are and what's important to you
  • Learning not to take others' reactions personally
  • Trusting your own inner compass
  • Taking responsibility for your reactions to problematic situations
It is in these practices that we find release from what Bill W. described as an 'absolute dependency' on people or circumstances, and develop the tools to find prestige, security, and belonging within.

Addiction affects so many people and it takes a lot of hard work to fight addiction day after day.  12 Smart Things to Do When the Booze and Drugs Are Gone is a great companion for people who are newly sober.  It gives readers the encouragement and advice in a realistic way.  If you know someone, or you personally are a recovering addict, you really should check out this book. 

Health Communications, Incorporated
August 16, 2010
192 pages
$14.95 US

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Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for free.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  If you purchase a book using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.

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