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The need for a secular alternative to recovery from alcoholism or drug addiction is answered in How To Stay Sober. This book can help non-religious alcoholics maintain philosophical integrity while achieving ...
The need for a secular alternative to recovery from alcoholism or drug addiction is answered in How To Stay Sober. This book can help non-religious alcoholics maintain philosophical integrity while achieving the goal of lifelong sobriety.
James Christopher, a longtime sober alcoholic, offers new insights and suggestions for developing coping skills and regaining self-esteem through self-reliance. He notes that current research indicates that there is no such thing as an "alcoholic personality" - that addiction is the result of physiology, not psychology. It is only by making sobriety the number one priority in life, Christopher states, that an alcoholic or addict can achieve recovery.
Christopher has spearheaded a large grassroots secular sobriety movement across the United States, and this book offers concrete guidelines for forming these groups in any community. The book also provides an important weekly diary for the recovering alcoholic to use in the crucial first year of sobriety.
Sobriety must be prioritized daily - no matter what - to remain under personal control. It is only through this conscious choice, Christopher states, that an alcoholic can get back on track and begin anew the creative, fulfilling learning process of life.
Recommending self-reliance and self-respect without substituting dependence on religious dogma or a "higher power" for countering an addiction to alcohol or drugs, Christopher focuses on the practical aspects of his triumph and includes guidelines for forming a secular support group.
Refreshing and effective alternative to treatment programs based on the Alcoholics Anonymous "12-step" method.
|1||Can Sober Alcoholics Ever Drink Again?||19|
|2||A.A. and Beyond: Sobriety Without Superstition||25|
|3||Why Stress Sobriety Over Alcoholism?||33|
|5||Phasing Out the Pavlovian Pull||37|
|6||Sobriety Strategies for the Newly Sober||39|
|7||No Matter What Vignettes||43|
|8||Little Things Mean A Lot||45|
|10||Spotlighting Sobriety for Survival||49|
|11||The Sobriety Priority at Close Range||51|
|12||The Sobriety Priority and Conscious Choice||53|
|13||The Importance of Self-Reliance and the Danger of Superstition||55|
|14||Gullibility and the Grateful Syndrome||59|
|15||Secular Treatment for Chemical Dependency||65|
|16||A Secular Framework for Sobriety||69|
|17||Living Well in Sobriety Is the Best Revenge||79|
|19||This Is Serious||89|
|20||Secular Sobriety Groups: An Introduction||91|
|21||The S.S.G. Alternative||93|
|24||Alcoholics Helping Alcoholics||117|
|25||Sobriety Comes Out of the Closet||121|
|Appendix A||Weekly Journal||129|
|Appendix B||Press Releases||183|
|Appendix C||Free-thought Groups||187|
Posted April 17, 2012
AA is not a religion nor does it push any religious ideas. AA does support the idea that you need to find a power greater than yourself, but as your own conception of such. The idea of God has nothing to do with religion, but is spirituality. If you think that you can stay sober trying this or any other easier softer way than please try it, and if it works for you and countless other than go for it and share it with the world. If these other methods don't work for you, as they have not worked for me or anyone I've ever met, than you know where to go as a last resort. It is guaranteed to worl if ypu do it as outlined in the BB?
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