The Tao of Sobriety: Helping You to Recover from Alcohol and Drug Addiction [NOOK Book]

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The Tao of Sobriety shows how to apply eastern philosophy to enhance recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. With a few simple mental exercises, readers can learn how to quiet "The Committee," those nasty mental voices that undermine serenity and self-esteem. With leaders of the recovery movement enthusiastically endorsing this uniquely helpful book, The Tao of Sobriety is an invaluable addition ...
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The Tao of Sobriety: Helping You to Recover from Alcohol and Drug Addiction

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The Tao of Sobriety shows how to apply eastern philosophy to enhance recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. With a few simple mental exercises, readers can learn how to quiet "The Committee," those nasty mental voices that undermine serenity and self-esteem. With leaders of the recovery movement enthusiastically endorsing this uniquely helpful book, The Tao of Sobriety is an invaluable addition to the recovery bookshelf.

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Getting and Giving Help In The Tao of Sobriety: Helping You to Recover from Alcohol and Drug Addiction, longtime therapists David Gregson and Jay S. Efran offer a self-help book designed either to work in tandem with 12-step programs or to help addicts get sober without group help. After a brief explanation of Taoism (a Chinese philosophy and religion whose practitioners seek inner peace), the authors present the Tao, a Chinese term meaning "the way," as an ideal vehicle for attaining and maintaining freedom from substance addiction. Replete with anecdotes, exercises (meditations, questions to explore, affirmations) and real-life applications of Taoist precepts (letting go of attachments to guilt and other "self-condemnation" behaviors that lead to substance abuse), this guide uses the firm but gentle approach that is the trademark of many Eastern practices. ( Jan. 18) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429974677
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 346,623
  • File size: 249 KB

Meet the Author



David Gregson is a counselor currently specializing in drug and alcohol misuse issues. He practices at West Coast Alternatives Society with the best crew in all of beautiful British Columbia. Jay S. Efran, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Psychological Services Center at Temple University and has been a therapist for more than thirty years. He has served as President of the Academic Division of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association and is the recipient of several teaching awards. He also presents workshops for psychotherapists and family therapists here and abroad.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Foreword 1
Chapter 1 Introduction 7
A Word About Twelve-Step Programs 8
What Is the Tao? 8
Chapter 2 Alcohol, Drugs, and You 12
Discovery 1 Innocence in Spirit 13
Aaron's Story 13
Reality-Altering Substances 16
More Gain Than Pain 18
Beyond Alcohol and Drugs 19
Chapter 3 I Think, Therefore I Am 21
Odd Insights About Us 22
Who's the Boss? 23
Journeying Deeper into Being 25
A Practical Example 27
Discovery 2 Listening to the Internal Conversation 28
Who Are You? 29
Discovery 3 The Space That Is You 29
The One and the Other 30
Higher Math: The One and the Many 31
Discovery 4 Discovering Who You Are 32
Who's Got the Power? 32
Chapter 4 Managing the Mind 35
Discovery 5 Enhancing the Manager 36
Biker Stan 36
Discovery 6 Making a Commitment 38
Discovery 7 Mindfulness and Detachment 41
Practice Makes Perfect 45
Chapter 5 Conversing with Drugs and Alcohol 47
Discovery 8 Reflecting on Chemical Substances and You 48
A Proof of Innocence 51
Discovery 9 A Heart of Innocence 52
Chapter 6 Attaining Balance 60
Chapter 7 Revitalizing Desire 65
Discovery 10 Identifying Mental Banditos 67
Ted's Story 70
Chapter 8 Reexamining Transgressions 76
Discovery 11 Transgression Inventory 77
Laura's Story 78
The Hopelessness Monster 81
David's Story 81
The Possibility of Possibility 83
Discovery 12 Acknowledging Possibility 83
Possibility and Patience 84
The Pleasures of Irresponsibility 85
Chapter 9 Thoughts, Feelings, Actions 87
Knowing More About Your System 88
Furthering Detachment 91
Chapter 10 Practicing Detachment 95
Discovery 13 An Inch That's Greater Than a Mile 96
David's Bugs 98
Good Self-Talk 100
Hacking a New Path 100
Jack's Story 101
Discovery 14 Practicing Self-Talk 102
Chapter 11 Strengthening Commitment 104
The Hoax of Winning 107
Taking the Good with the Bad 110
Discovery 15 Attack of the Aliens 112
Chapter 12 Life as Theater 115
Chapter 13 Revising the Script 124
The Power of Commitment 127
Discovery 16 Reflecting on Your Life as a Story 128
Discovery 17 A Replay with the Manager in Charge 130
Discovery 18 Self-Beliefs 133
Chapter 14 Reality and Illusion 135
The Middle Way Revisited 137
A Real-Life Video Game 140
Chapter 15 Plenty of Nothing 143
Discovery 19 One Is the Loneliest Number 147
Bringing It Home 149
Chapter 16 Acceptance: Choosing Life 151
Defining Acceptance 152
Inclusion and Exclusion 154
The Acceptance of Suffering 155
Discovery 20 Expanding Acceptance 158
Avoiding a Steady State 162
Chapter 17 Retracing the Journey 165
The Tao of Sobriety in a Nutshell: A Handy Crib Sheet 173
References 175
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2006

    The Tao Of Sobriety

    David Gregson & Jay S. Efran provide a practical guide to reviving our own inner voice of health in sobriety.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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