The Recovery Book

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Announcing a completely revised and updated second edition of The Recovery Book, the bible of addiction recovery. Written for the 23 million Americans struggling with alcohol and drugs, it is “a clear, accurate, and comprehensive resource—for patients, their families, and helping professionals” (Anthony B. Radcliffe, M.D., former president, American Society of Addiction Medicine).

Dr. Al Mooney, who lectures internationally on recovery, ...

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Overview

Announcing a completely revised and updated second edition of The Recovery Book, the bible of addiction recovery. Written for the 23 million Americans struggling with alcohol and drugs, it is “a clear, accurate, and comprehensive resource—for patients, their families, and helping professionals” (Anthony B. Radcliffe, M.D., former president, American Society of Addiction Medicine).

Dr. Al Mooney, who lectures internationally on recovery, writing with medical and health journalists Howard Eisenberg and Catherine Dold, covers all the latest in addiction science and recovery techniques. Extensive research in neuroplasticity, for example, sheds new light on how alcohol and drugs actually alter pathways in the brain—but also how this same process, when trained in recovery, can remold the brain, making sobriety a routine way of life. A new understanding of gender and addiction leads to revised insights, techniques, and new hope for treating women in recovery. The book also covers the latest problems and treatments for prescription drugs (now more pernicious than illegal drugs); up-to-date models for intervention; and more.

But what really sets the book apart is its question-and-answer format—“My wife wants me to go to AA, and I think that’s ridiculous. How can I settle this argument?” “I take a few oxycodone pills each week. They’re prescription, so they must be safe, right?” “I’ve been in this treatment center for nearly a week. I feel great. I’m cured. Why can’t I leave now?” That simple, direct approach makes the daunting journey to sobriety doable.

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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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: 201,115
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Al J. Mooney, M.D., former medical director at Willingway Hospital, lectures internationally on the latest science and treatments for recovery.

Howard Eisenberg is a medical journalist and coauthor of How to Be Your Own Doctor (Sometimes).

Catherine Dold writes about health for The New York Times, Smithsonian, Discover, Self, and many other national publications.

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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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