I'Ll Stop Tomorrow

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One man's journey through alcoholism, and what helped him recover.

During his drinking days Paul Campbell let down and hurt many people - his family and loved ones in particular. Alcoholism is known as the family illness and it truly is. Before alcoholism kills, it usually destroys the lives of loved ones, the ones ironically that care about the alcoholic the most. Much of this book is written with these people in mind. To Paul Campbell's mind,...

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Overview

One man's journey through alcoholism, and what helped him recover.

During his drinking days Paul Campbell let down and hurt many people - his family and loved ones in particular. Alcoholism is known as the family illness and it truly is. Before alcoholism kills, it usually destroys the lives of loved ones, the ones ironically that care about the alcoholic the most. Much of this book is written with these people in mind. To Paul Campbell's mind, family members are usually the silent victims of alcoholism.

This book is not written by an academic or a doctor. It doesn't have carefully drawn charts or squiggly diagrams describing a variety of personalities and behavior patterns. This book is written by someone who had everything, who lost everything, who went through the living hell of chronic alcoholism and the tough times of recovery.

Ultimately though, he is proof that there is hope for everyone - even the most crazy, out-of-control, self-destructive alcoholic. Paul Campbell discovered that giving up drink was only half the battle. Living and enjoying life is the real challenge.

Paul Campbell is an Addiction Counsellor living in Ireland. He writes regular columns on alcoholism for the Irish press.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781856355384
  • Publisher: Mercier Press, Limited, The
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 654,901
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

The Beginning of the End 15

Are You an Alcoholic? 31

I can't be an alcoholic because 31

A drink problem? Do the test and find out! 39

If alcohol is causing a problem between you - you need to stop-if you can! 42

Why Do Alcoholics Drink? 50

Growing up with anger 54

Intolerance and self-righteousness - the badge of the alcoholic 57

I can stop whenever I want to 59

The Mind of An Alcoholic 62

Meet Jasper - your addictive personality 64

The dangers lurking in the ordinary day 67

Why the alcoholic always needs to be in control 70

A functioning alcoholic' - no such thing! 72

Boundaries 74

The 'deals' we make with booze 77

Women and Alcohol 80

Some Physical and Financial Consequences 88

What exactly is an alcoholic blackout? 88

So how much does booze really cost the family? 93

Changing 96

Breaking through the wall of denial 102

Insight - we can't move forward without it 105

Don't fight it - surrender to the process 107

Developing insight 109

Yes, it does take courage 113

For The Family of The Alcoholic 118

Angry & full of self-pity - that's the active alcoholic 120

Accept that you are powerless over another's drinking 123

Some questions for the spouse of the alcoholic 131

Are you slipping into co-dependency? 133

What your children really think 135

Adult children of alcoholics 136

So what are YOU going to do when they stop drinking? 138

The Journey to Recovery 141

The dangers of complacency 143

Will I change as a person when I stop drinking? 146

So what's this AA thing all about? 149

AA is not for me, I'm different 152

I'm not drinking what more do you bloody want? 154

Riling the vacuum left by alcohol 156

AA canalso stand for Altered Attitude 158

Alcoholic? There's a place you can go and never be criticised 160

Making amends In sobriety 162

We have to earn forgiveness 164

'I've stopped drinking but will they ever trust me again?' 166

Our sobriety must never be conditional 169

Recovery in Holiday Seasons 172

The dread of Christmas 172

Tips for those troubled by alcohol at Christmas 174

Reflecting on Christmases past 175

Freud was right, even at Christmas 177

A New Year and new found sobriety 179

The family needs help too 181

Holiday in early recovery 183

A National Obsession 188

It's not boozy kids, but boozy adults, that are the real problem 190

Does alcoholism differ between young drinkers and old? 193

Creating an Intervention Process 199

What is the principal goal of intervention? 202

Who should be part of the team? 204

What is to be communicated? 207

Timing and location of the intervention 209

What happens if he walks out? 210

Intervention Scenario 211

The Intervention 212

There is hope ... 221

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