Sober for Good: New Solutions for Drinking Problems - Advice from Those Who Have Succeeded

Sober for Good: New Solutions for Drinking Problems - Advice from Those Who Have Succeeded

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by Anne M. Fletcher
     
 

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"If you or someone you care about has an alcohol problem and you are wondering where to turn, read this book." — from the foreword by Frederick B. Glaser, M.D.

Finally someone has gone straight to the real experts: hundreds of men and women who have resolved a drinking problem. Best-selling author Anne M. Fletcher asked them a simple question: how did you

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"If you or someone you care about has an alcohol problem and you are wondering where to turn, read this book." — from the foreword by Frederick B. Glaser, M.D.

Finally someone has gone straight to the real experts: hundreds of men and women who have resolved a drinking problem. Best-selling author Anne M. Fletcher asked them a simple question: how did you do it? The result: the first completely unbiased guide for problem drinkers, which shatters long-held assumptions about alcohol recovery.
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Myth #1: AA is the only way to get sober.
Reality: More than half of the people Fletcher found recovered without AA.
Myth #2: You can't get sober on your own.
Reality: Many people got sober by themselves.
Myth #3: To get sober, you have to admit you're an alcoholic.
Reality: Many people — even some with very serious drinking problems — recovered without calling themselves alcoholics.
Myth # 4: One drink inevitably leads right back to the bottle.
Reality: A small number of people find they can have an occasional drink.
Myth #5: There's nothing you can do for someone with a drinking problem until he or she is ready.
Reality: Family and friends can make a big difference if they know how to help.
Weaving together the success stories of ordinary people and the latest scientific research on the subject, Fletcher uncovers a simple truth: no single path to sobriety is right for every individual. There are many ways to get sober — and stay sober.
The most comprehensive book on alcohol recovery available, Sober forGood includes
• motivational strategies from former problem drinkers
• suggestions on what to do if you're not ready to quit
• advice for family and friends of problem drinkers
• a complete "Consumer Guide" to the many recovery options — how to find what's right for you.
Sober for Good is for anyone who has ever struggled not to drink, coped with someone who has a drinking problem, or secretly wondered, "Do I drink too much?"

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Just as each individual drinking problem is unique -- differing from others in severity, in cause, and in an infinite number of other ways -- so, too, is each problem drinker's road to recovery, according to this provocative book. Conventional wisdom dictates that in order to stop alcohol abuse one must label oneself "alcoholic," abstain from alcohol, participate in a recovery group such as AA for life, and accept the fact that the disease is incurable. Certainly, many lives have been turned around by these dictums, but author Anne Fletcher explores other ways in which people have successfully resolved drinking problems in Sober for Good. Extensive interviews with "masters" -- people who have been sober for at least five years -- reveal that the path to lasting sobriety is not always a 12-step one (although many of the profiled masters are sober through the help of AA) and that some people are able to formulate their own terms of sobriety. While this is not recommended reading for anyone in the throes of a powerful alcohol addiction, lest they abuse the book's message as an excuse to thwart recovery, it is an insightful and unusual examination of all the options available to those who truly wish to conquer a drinking problem, whether it be moderate or extreme.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618233038
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/17/2002
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
9
Product dimensions:
4.44(w) x 7.42(h) x 2.54(d)

Meet the Author

Anne M. Fletcher is a nationally known health and medical writer. Her best-selling book, Thin for Life: 10 Keys to Success from People Who Have Lost Weight & Kept It Off, with a foreword by Jane Brody (Houghton Mifflin, 1994), has sold more than 300,000 copies. Thin for Life won a National Health Information Award and was nominated for a Julia Child writing award. Fletcher's book Eating Thin for Life: Food Secrets & Recipes From People Who Have Lost Weight & Kept It Off won a National Health Information Award as well as the Beth Fonda Award for medical writing for a lay audience. Fletcher's articles on subjects ranging from osteoporosis to heart disease have appeared in Prevention, Redbook, Better Homes and Gardens, McCall's, Vogue, Good Housekeeping, Cooking Light, Reader's Digest, Parenting, and the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. In 1993 Fletcher received a William Harvey Award for medical writing. Previously, Fletcher was executive editor and chief writer of the Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter and a contributing editor for Prevention. She also taught nutrition and biochemistry for Pennsylvania State University and was an assistant director of the Frances Stern Nutrition Center at New England Medical Center Hospital in Boston. She counseled hundreds of people with nutrition-related medical problems at the New England Institute of Nutrition and Health. Fletcher has appeared on The View, The Today Show, Donahue, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Cable News Network, and The Larry King Radio Show.

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Sober for Good: New Solutions for Drinking Problems -- Advice from Those Who Have Succeeded 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anne Fletcher delivers good news to those seeking sobriety in her book 'Sober for Good.' Challenging the conventional wisdom that A.A. is the only way to get sober, she debunks this and several other myths about recovery through the stories of over 200 people. Their stories describe the powerful processes that transformed their lives. This is a book full of hope for the suffering, full of support for the sober, full of answers for the curious. It's a solid contribution to the study of treatment of drinking problems. Raise a pint (of soda) to Fletcher.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book last month and just recently finished it. As an alcoholic of over ten years, I finally feel like I'm on my way to recovery. Traditional methods have never worked for me and it's comforting to know that there are alternative ways to recover. Fletcher's personal story provided inspiration, and the stories of the 'masters' gave me guidance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, but the footnotes aren't live, and the Nook editing seems to neglect any text inside a 'box,' which is really a problem in this text. Someone should fix this, as this is an important and useful text. It's not perfect, some of the case histories get redundant, but it does provide hope for people struggling with sobriety issues when AA isn't working for them. Despite all the good AA does, it doesn't work for everyone, and people deserve to hear they aren't 'crazy' or 'just stubborn' if the format or 'the God stuff' doesn't work for them.
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I gambled on this book, in search of support that was NOT "AA, You are helpless, submit to god" based. The author does nothing but give "shallow accounts" of other peoples stories and they inevitably return to the AA (you are powerless) conclusion. If you want an AA; you are helpless approach, go to meetings. If you want an alternative perspective; this book is not the answer. Ironically, to post this review, i could not choose a "no star" rating, i had to stay within the program, and choose a star rating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The essence of this book (at least within the portion I could tolerate reading) is that everyone has an individual story. It was not at all enlightening on the cause of addiction or how to overcome it. "The Easy Way to Stop Drinking," by Allen Carr is much more useful (although very vebose).