The Recovery Book

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A unique collaboration between Dr. Al Mooney, head of the Willingway Hospital, Arlene Eisenberg, coauthor of the What to Expect books, and medical journalist Howard Eisenberg, The Recovery Bookis the first book to explain exactly what a recovering addict and his or her family will face during every stage of living clean and sober.

The authors provide a wealth of information on in- and out-patient services, support groups, family relationships, temptations, and worries. Hundreds ...

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Overview

A unique collaboration between Dr. Al Mooney, head of the Willingway Hospital, Arlene Eisenberg, coauthor of the What to Expect books, and medical journalist Howard Eisenberg, The Recovery Bookis the first book to explain exactly what a recovering addict and his or her family will face during every stage of living clean and sober.

The authors provide a wealth of information on in- and out-patient services, support groups, family relationships, temptations, and worries. Hundreds of questions and answers address every particular of what a person in recovery can expect, from mental and physical health concerns to why a former cocaine addict should not use Windex.

What withdrawal is like. When the euphoria of not drinking wanes. Feeling uncomfortable at AA. Regaining trust. Sleep problems. What to tell co-workers. Twenty ways to dump depression and anxiety. Making and using leisure time. Learning what normal is. From detox to the three phases of recovery—Saving Your Life, Enriching Your Life, Prolonging Your Life—The Recovery Book leads addicts through recovery's highs, lows, pitfalls, and challenges. Includes sections on AA and other support groups, exercise, health, the Clean and Sober Recovery Diet, and quitting smoking. First prize winner of the 1993 Markie Award, sponsored by the National Foundation for Alcoholism and Addiction Communication (NFAAC). Over 209,000 copies in print.

A life-saving guide that answers all the questions and concerns of recovering alcoholics and addicts. With special setions on: family relationships, AA and other support groups, sexuality, non-drug medical treatments, work and money issues. Plus, a special section for teens. (Workman Publishing)

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Editorial Reviews

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Addressed primarily to recovering addicts and their families, this book relies heavily on the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) game plan for success. The question-and-answer format is conducive to a personalized approach and will appeal to the individual struggling to make progress on the road to recovery. Beginning with ``First Step: Deciding to Quit,'' the book offers guidelines and encouragement and outlines the pitfalls and challenges that each addict must face and overcome. The detox process is graphically described, and the authors emphasize the hard work needed to maintain sobriety. The last part of the book is devoted to recommendations for rebuilding and restructuring one's life with the help of AA. For self-help collections.-- Carol R. Glatt, VA Medical Ctr. Lib., Philadelphia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563050848
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/10/1992
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 163,308
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Arlene Eisenberg worked on all three editions of What to Expect When You're Expecting and remained active in the What To Expect Foundation until her death in February 2001. She was also co-author, with Heidi Murkoff, of the "What to Expect" magazine columns.

A writer for all reasons, author Howard Eisenberg has been a Broadway and Hollywood publicist (singer Eddie Fisher, Howdy Doody), an adverstising copywriter (Grossinger's), a radio and TV scriptwriter (Coke Time, Name That Tune, and Night Line with Walter O'Keefe), co-author with wife Arlene of hundreds of national magazine articles (in Cosmopolitan, Sports Illustrated, Look, Saturday Evening Post, McCall's, Parade, Reader's Digest), a poet (his light-verse life-cycle anthology entitled, From the Cradle to the Gray currently being adapted as a musical revue), writer of book and lyrics for a musical comedy (Fame and Misfortune) and co-author of How to Be Your Own Doctor (Sometimes)—more than 200,000 copies sold in Grosset & Dunlap hardcover and Today Press trade paper; several bookclubs; chapters excerpted in three magazines; How to Be Your Own Laywer (Sometimes)—sales of 75,000 in Putnam hardcover and Perigee trade paperback, a couple of bookclubs, and an excerpt in Ladies Home Journal; Night Calls : The Personal Journey of an Ob/Gyn—published by Arbor House and as a lead non-fiction Berkley Book; one chapter excerpted in The New York Times Magazine and two in The Star.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Stanley E. Gitlow

Introduction: Reaching for Life Preservers

CHAPTER 1: RECOVERY ROAD MAP

Understanding recovery

PART I GETTING SOBER: IF YOU-YRE NOT SOBER YET, START HERE

CHAPTER 2: THE FIRST STEP: DECIDING TO QUIT

CHAPTER 3: ROADS TO CLEAN AND SOBER

CHAPTER 4: A CLOSE LOOK AT INPATIENT TREATMENT

CHAPTER 5: GOING THROUGH DETOX

PART II PHASE ONE: SAVING YOUR LIFE

CHAPTER 6: GETTING TO KNOW ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

CHAPTER 7: AA: THE FACTS AND YOUR FEELINGS

CHAPTER 8: MAINTAINING SOBRIETY IN PHASE ONE

CHAPTER 9: THWARTING TEMPTATION

CHAPTER 10: YOUR RELATIONSHIPS AND SOCIAL LIFE

CHAPTER 11: YOUR LOVE LIFE IN RECOVERY

CHAPTER 12: WORK AND MONEY ISSUES IN PHASE ONE

CHAPTER 13: TAKING CARE OF YOUR BODY IN PHASE ONE

CHAPTER 14: LIFESTYLE AND HEALTH IN PHASE ONE

CHAPTER 15: MIND, EMOTIONS, AND SPIRIT IN PHASE ONE

CHAPTER 16: FOR TEENS ONLY

PART III MOVING INTO PHASE THREE: REPAIRING AND ENJOYING YOUR LIFE

CHAPTER 17: MAINTAINING SOBRIETY IN PAHSE TWO

CHAPTER 18: YOUR SUPPORT GROUP IN PHASE TWO

CHAPTER 19: YOUR RELATIONSHIPS IN PHASE TWO

CHAPTER 20: YOUR WORK AND FINANCES IN PHASE TWO

CHAPTER 21: MIND, BODY, AND SPIRIT IN PHASE TWO

PART IV ON TO PHASE THREE: PROLONGING YOUR LIFE

CHAPTER 22: RECOVERY ISSUES IN PHASE THREE

CHAPTER 23: EATING YOUR WAY TO A LONG-LASTING RECOVERY

CHAPTER 24: TOBACCO: WHEN LIFE GOES UP IN SMOKE

CHAPTER 25: EXERCISE IN RECOVERY

PART V CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY: A FAMILY DISEASE-XWHAT EVERY FAMILY MEMBER SHOULD KNOW

CHAPTER 26: THE CHEMICAL CHILD

CHAPTER 27: LIVING WITH SOMEONE IN RECOVERY: YOUR ROLE

CHAPTER 28: LIVING WITH SOMEONE IN RECOVERY: YOUR CONCERNS

PART VI THE REST OF YOUR LIFE IN RECOVERY: MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR CHEMICAL-FREE LIFE

CHAPTER 29: RELAPSE ALERT

CHAPTER 30: THE CHALLENGES

PART VII FOR YOUR INFORMATION

RESOURCES: WHERE TO GET HELP

A GLOSSARY OF RECOVERY TERMINOLOGY

A Note to Physicians

A Note to Employers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2002

    Excellent Book!

    This book is jammed with information that is otherwise not addresses in standard AA literature. It complements - no contradicts - AA and does so extremely well. It answers many questions about chemical dependence (not just alcohol). It serves as an excellent roadmap for recovery starting from active use. Worth every penny!!

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