How to Quit Drinking without AA: A Complete Self-Help Guide


Now You Can Take Control of Your Own Recovery Process
Alcoholics Anonymous is not the only answer or even the best answer for many people. In fact, seven of every eight people who start AA's 12-step program abandon it within three years. Fortuanately, there are more effective ways to quit drinking—proven methods that will help you be successful on your own terms.
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Now You Can Take Control of Your Own Recovery Process
Alcoholics Anonymous is not the only answer or even the best answer for many people. In fact, seven of every eight people who start AA's 12-step program abandon it within three years. Fortuanately, there are more effective ways to quit drinking—proven methods that will help you be successful on your own terms.
Inside this life-affirming book is the new beginning you're looking for. Certified addictions counselor and 16-year recovering alcoholic Jerry Dorsman offers more than 100 proven techniques to gain control of your recovery. His self-help approach includes the best:
·Step-by-step instructions for breaking the habit
·Foods to help you beat the cravings
·Methods for internal cleansing and detox
·Nutrition information for rebuilding your health
·And much more!
"A thorough approach backed with practical guidelines and techniques."—Addiction and Recovery Magazine
"The right blend of substance and simplicity. Bubbling with resources."—Natural Health magazine
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"A step-by-step recovery book... to meet [your] social, emotional,nutritional, and spiritual needs."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761512905
  • Publisher: Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 157,261
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry Dorsman counsels individuals with drug and alcohol problems and is the author of numerous articles on the subject of alcoholism. He is an active member of the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: How This Book Can Help

Part 1: What Does Alcohol Mean to You?
1. A New View of Alcoholism
A Way of Coping
Something You Learned
Just a Part of You
Your Own Special Struggle
A Physical Addition
A Disease Controlled by Diet
2. Are You an Alcoholic Drinker?
You're the Best Judge
Test #1: One Question
Stop Hiding
Worksheet #1: Denials and Excuses
Now Take Another Look
Test #2: The Johns Hopkins Medical Institution's Test for Alcoholism
What's the Verdict?
3. Are the Benefits Worth the Problems?
The Benefits of Drinking
Worksheet #2: My Reasons for Drinking
Problems Caused by Drinking
Practice #1: Dialogue with Body
Checklist #1: Checklist of Medical Problems
Will You Need Inpatient Care?
Your Evaluation of the Problems
Worksheet #3: Problems You'd Like to Avoid
Do You Want to Quit?
Worksheet #4: Reasons for Quitting
Part 2: Planning Your Own Personal Approach to Quitting
4. What About AA?
How AA Can Help
Practice #2: Try a Few Meetings
Drawbacks to AA
It's Your Choice
Worksheet #5: My Decision about AA
5. How to Break a Habit
All About Habits
Breaking Habits, Making Changes
Practice #3: Pick a Few Habits and Break Them
What Else Can You Do?
Checklist #2: Alternatives to Drinking
Yes, You Can Change
6. Healing Through Diet
The Importance of Diet
A Matter of Balance
Recommended Foods and Beverages
Healthful Ways of Cooking and Eating
To Supplement or Not to Supplement
How to Make the Change
How to Handle Cravings
Practice #4: Start Your New Diet
7. Building Inner Strength
Worksheet #6: Plan Your Own Exercise Program
Practice #5: Begin Doing It
Relaxation Techniques
Checklist #3: Relaxers: What Works Best for You?
Assertiveness Training
Practice #6: Assertive Responses: How to Remain Centered
Stress Management and Coping Techniques
Checklist #4: 22 Surefire Stress Reducers
Practice #7: Find One Good Friend
8. Thirty Additional Ways to Renew Yourself
The Amazing Success of Acupuncture
Massage ... for Health and Relaxation
Bodywork/Body Movement
Autogenic Training/Self-Hypnosis
Subliminal Suggestion
A Clinic or a Live-In Program
Solitude and Self-Reflection
Healing with Laughter
Turn Off Your TV
Intestinal Cleansing
Herbal Remedies
A Chemical Deterrent to Drinking
Alternative Approaches to Quitting Drinking
Group Therapy
Light Therapy
Expressive Arts Therapy
Hug a Friend
Spiritual Healing
Growing in Love
Worksheet #7: Which Techniques Will You Do?
Part 3: Quitting and Making It Work for You
9. Okay–Pick a Day
Use Everything You've Learned So Far
Worksheet #8: Your Master Plan
Promise Someone
Make a Contract
Worksheet #9: Contract to Quit Drinking
Pick a Day and Quit
Worksheet #10: Your Day
10. Getting a Successful Start
Coping with Urges
Worksheet #11: 169 Ways to Cope with Urges
How Close Can You Get to Alcohol?
Practice #8: Avoiding Drinking Situations
For Anyone Who Asks You . . .
Checklist #5: Why I'm Not Drinking
11. Fifteen Common Problems and How to Solve Them
Disturbed Sleep
Gastrointestinal Distress
Visions, Hallucinations
Fuzzy Thinking
The Same Old Family Situation
12. Enjoying the Benefits of Not Drinking
Two Big Benefits
Worksheet #12: How Much Time Do You Save?
Worksheet #13: How Much Money Do You Save?
You Deserve a Reward
Checklist #6: Claim Your Prizes
Having Fun
Worksheet #14: The Benefits of Not Drinking
13. Inspirations to Help Make Quitting Easier
Do One Thing at a Time
All Things Come to Those Who Wait
Old Endings Are New Beginnings
Everything Changes
Don't Take Anything Too Seriously
Live This Very Moment
You Can't Have Everything All at Once
Hear the Truth Within
Your Life Is as Long as You Want It to Be
You Can Have This Day for Free
14. Making Your Life a Success
What Are Your Important Goals?
Worksheet #15: Personal Life Goals
Getting What You Want and Getting Good Results Without Alcohol
15. Freedom
Feeling Free
Steering Clear of Trouble
Practice #9: Three Ways to Keep Your Freedom
A New You
Bibliography and Recommended Reading
About the Author
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2000

    How to Quit Drinking without AA: has easy to follow information on alcoholism and the steps to help become sober

    When I decided to live my life without alcohol, I was afraid to become involved in a group, such as AA, with other people because I didn't want to become obsorbed in their issues and weaknesses. I already felt overwhelmed with mine. I needed to make this serious decision on my own, because no matter how much support I could receive or how much I could relate to a group of recovering alchoholics it all came down to what I knew was best for me. It was a personal decision that I had made. I had already quit for 1 month, when I was browzing through a book store and discovered this book. The title was perfect. I am not a person who likes to read, but I found this book very easy to follow and it seemed like all of the information related to my life - my life with my best friend 'alcohol'. I don't have anything against AA, 'whatever works'. This book helped me. After I read it I felt so strong. I have been sober now for 1 year 6 months, and am very proud. Seriously, this book helped me save my life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2007

    Followed the book exactly, it doesnt work!!

    This might work if you are a light drinker trying to quit. But, if you are an alcoholic or even close, please dont waste your money on this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2003

    Recovery is a journey not a destination.

    It is nice to see people who are not afraid to speak out on what works for them. The AA/NA programs intimidate so many people, and clearly are not for everyone. This is most likely why only 5% of those who enter the doors of AA, stay clean after 1 year.Iam a substance abuse counselor and I have been involved with the 12 steps programs for over 10 years. And I¿am not afraid to state it is a re-socialization program that saved my life, and gave me a chance to rebuild my life. This being said, I must make it perfectly clear, it only worked to the point of my being able to share my issues, to help me recognize I was not a lone. But the doctrine and the format of a church based social club, ran by people stuck in early to mid recovery turned me away. You have to grow past the program to where you are living the 12 steps, not just socializing and pretending you are. This book offers those who need a different path the opportunity to do so. With out sounding closed-minded I would like to say, AA/NA are strong programs, I just don¿t know why they are so threatened by the concept they are not the only pathways to recovery. Keping in mind as I wish the substance abuse treatment industry, and the 12 step community would do. That is to recognize that one size does not fit all. And most Importantly not attempt to close the door for so many who don't fit the AA mold. I say again the AA program is a great one, but not for everyone. Good for you Mr. Dorsman, your book is a great insight to all who will take note.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2003

    AA, Quit Coming Back, It Doesn't Work

    AA IS NOT THE ANSWER FOR EVERYONE...only the weakminded. The courts these days are sticking people into situations such as AA because there seems to be no line between government and religion anymore. This books outlines a life without the prayers, without the higher power and allows people to pursue a life without alcohol and without the dirt feelings associated going to an AA meeting. My hat is off to a man who understands.

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