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Cool, Hip & Sober: 88 Ways to Beat Booze and Drugs

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by Bill Manville
     
 

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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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Manville, a California-based radio show host, journalist, and rehab clinic volunteer, drew 88 questions from his program and provides answers based on research, expert opinion, and his own experience as a long-term recovering addict. Readers are instructed to consult sections of the book that concern their stage of substance abuse, from ambivalence about its costs/benefits to the recovery phase, and the questions are colorfully labeled to address specific problems (e.g., tests for assessing whether one is an alcoholic and choosing a rehabilitation program). Heavily grounded in Alcoholics Anonymous theory and a belief in a broadly defined higher power, the book successfully straddles the polar views of alcoholism as a disease and as a character defect. It also concisely presents the latest medications and common techniques for dealing with related problems, but fundamentally it is intended as a tool of encouragement and inspiration; readers seeking more in-depth information may need to go beyond the few listed web sites. Though the information is basic, Manville's presentation is attention-getting, and his message is delivered in a heartfelt manner. Recommended for personal collections and specialized collections on addiction.-Antoinette Brinkman, M.L.S., Evansville, IN Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466835276
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
10/01/2004
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,099,517
File size:
985 KB

Meet the Author

After Sarah Lawrence College, Bill Manville attended the Universite de la Mediteraneen, "majoring in roulette and oranges." His career includes columnist for the Village Voice and the Key West Solares Hill, Contributing Editor for Cosmo and Madison Ave Vice President. "Got my first library card at six," he says, "and by seven no longer wanted to be a fireman but a writer. Most recently I've been hosting a radio talk show, Addictions&Answers, but primarily think of myself as a writer still."

His last novel, Goodbye, was a BOM selection. Sober now for over twenty years, and living in California, he says his hobbies are "maligning my friends and working on a new novel - or are they the same thing?"


After Sarah Lawrence College, Bill Manville attended the Universite de la Mediteraneen, "majoring in roulette and oranges." His career includes columnist for the Village Voice and the Key West Solares Hill, contributing editor for Cosmo and Madison Ave Vice President. "Got my first library card at six," he says, "and by seven no longer wanted to be a fireman but a writer. Most recently I've been hosting a radio talk show, Addictions&Answers, but primarily think of myself as a writer still." His novel Goodbye was a BOM selection. Living in California, he says his hobbies are "maligning my friends and working on a new novel--or are they the same thing?"

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Cool, Hip, and Sober: 88 Ways to Beat Booze and Drugs 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book is actually promoting the standard way into abstinence-- treatment at a Minnesota model rehab facility along w attendance at (usually AA meetings, not NA). Even so a valuable common sense book for those in early recovery, the wannabes, and loved ones.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cool, Hip and Sober was just that. It was an entertaining collection of people's unique personal experiences regarding addictions. All addicts should be able to relate themselves to the responses. I believe it supplements sobriety but it is not the answer to 'ways to beat booze and drugs'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is simply the best available in the field for answers to real life issues addicts and their family members face.