Gifts of Sobriety: When the Promises of Recovery Come True

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"Why try?" we sometimes ask ourselves when faced with the uncertainties and hard work of recovery. But the answers are all around us, in the rich and spirited lives of those who have made the journey before us, each one a member of the joyful possibilities that await. These possibilities come alive in Gifts of Sobriety, a book that gives immediate meaning to the Big Book's promise: "We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness." In this book, those who have freed themselves of alcohol or drug addiction ...
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Overview

"Why try?" we sometimes ask ourselves when faced with the uncertainties and hard work of recovery. But the answers are all around us, in the rich and spirited lives of those who have made the journey before us, each one a member of the joyful possibilities that await. These possibilities come alive in Gifts of Sobriety, a book that gives immediate meaning to the Big Book's promise: "We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness." In this book, those who have freed themselves of alcohol or drug addiction share the gifts that sobriety has given them. Their stories are, in turn, a gift--for those who have made the journey and for those who, just embarking, seek gladdening news of the good life to come.

Barbara S. Cole PH.D., for many years a drug and alcohol professional with the Betty Ford Center, now works as a psychotherapist in private practice. She lives in Studio City, California.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568383545
  • Publisher: Hazelden Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 214,932
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.37 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara S. Cole is a licensed psychotherapist and drug and alcohol interventionist, with a private practice in Studio City, California. She has advanced degrees in literature and clinical psychology. She is author of several books related to self-help and recovery. She worked for many years as a Betty Ford Center counselor and was a director of state licensed and certified drug and alcohol recovery programs. Cole is currently working on two books and completing her doctorate work in psychology.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction: The Promises of Sobriety 1
The Other Side of the Struggle
Millions Have Gone Ahead
Uncovering the Real Self
The Promises
1. We Are Going to Know a New Freedom and a New Happiness 9
Freedom Is a Birthright
Freedom and Powerlessness
Who's in Charge?
Cunning, Baffling, and Powerful
Defining Freedom
A Connection with Others
Freedom from Dishonesty
New Awareness
Happiness Redefined
2. We Will Not Regret the Past nor Wish to Shut the Door on It 29
Seeing the Past Clearly
Embracing the Gray Area
The Higher Power Connection
The Miracle of Accountability
Making Amends
Living in the Present
Forgiving Ourselves and Others
3. We Will Comprehend the World Serenity and We Will Know Peace 45
Genuine Serenity Is Possible
The Paradox of Intellect
The Serenity Quest
Letting Go of Control
The Serenity Prayer
4. No Matter How Far Down the Scale We Have Gone, We Will See How Our Experience Can Benefit Others 59
The Punishment of Isolation
The Gift of Social Connection
The Benefits of Fellowship
Bringing Light to Dark Subjects
5. That Feeling of Uselessness and Self-Pity Will Disappear 71
A Window of Truth
A Gradual Turn for the Better
Born Whole and Complete
A Change in Priorities
Misery Becomes Optional
6. We Will Lose Interest in Selfish Things and Gain Interest in Our Fellows 85
Global and Radical Changes
No Longer Self-Centered
Stop Feeding the Disease
Relationships Increase in Value
7. Self-Seeking Will Slip Away 95
A True Sense of Relaxation
A Moment of Clarity
My Way or the Highway
The Privilege of Serving Others
8. Our Whole Attitude and Outlook upon Life Will Change 103
The Problem with Willpower
Overcoming Shame and Guilt
Turning Around the Craziness
A Change in Perception
9. Fear of People and of Economic Insecurity Will Leave Us 115
The Power of Making Amends
The Clutch of Guilt and Shame
Blessings in Unlikely Circumstances
When Less Is More
10. We Will Intuitively Know How to Handle Situations Which Used to Baffle Us 127
Being Beyond a Ninety-Day Wonder
Growth and Change
Ego Management
11. We Will Suddenly Realize That God Is Doing for Us What We Could Not Do for Ourselves 137
Spiritual Baby Steps
When Losing Is the Perfect Strategy
Couldn't Live Well, Couldn't Die Well
12. These Promises Will Always Materialize If We Work for Them 147
Appendix The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous 149
About the Author 151
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2000

    A real heart warmer

    This book is very important to me because it is so different then any other on this subject. It helps to make a difficult subject easy to discuss with family and friends. There is no other book that compares the twelve steps with the twelve promises. I reccommend it for everyone, not just for people in recovery. It makes my heart smile.

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