Voices of Alcoholism: The Healing Companion: Stories for Courage, Comfort and Strength

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In this collection of inspirational stories from all walks of life, the silence shrouding the disease of alcoholism is broken. Filled with unforgettable and informative true accounts by the victims of alcoholism, their families, and friends, each tale is written with remarkable candor about how this disease affects everyone—and not just the alcoholic—at every level of society, from the first drink through the challenges of achieving a lasting recovery. With a comprehensive resources section for those seeking current information on treatment and recovery, this is a heartfelt, emotional, and informative volume that affirms the strength of the human spirit.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934184042
  • Publisher: LaChance Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Series: Voices Of series Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 1,351,421
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

The Healing Project is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2005, dedicated to creating a community of support for those challenged with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Their previous books are Voices of Alzheimer's, Voices of Breast Cancer, and Voices of Lung Cancer. Joseph A. Califano Jr. is the chairman and president of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University and the former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. He is the author of High Society. He lives in New York City. Charles Beem is the executive director of Adult Services of Caron, a nationally recognized not-for-profit chemical dependency treatment organization. He lives in Wernersville, Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Foreword   Charles Beem     xi
Foreword: High Society   Joseph A. Califano, Jr     xiii
Introduction: The Healing Project   Debra LaChance     xix
Acknowledgments     xxv
First Taste
As If It Happened Yesterday   T. Lloyd Reilly     3
The Promise of Hope   Clay A. Adams     5
Understanding Alcoholism   Dennis C. Daley, Ph.D.   Antoine Douaihy, M.D.     10
Generations   Richard Day Gore     11
Sober, Not Dry   Diane Mierzwick     17
Daddy Hyde   Donna Veneto     23
King Alcohol and His Loyal Subject   Tracy Alverson     29
A Parent's Trial   Anne Pascale     35
A Sister's Regret   Gloria Raskin     41
Two Mothers   Lisa Dordal     45
The Healing Power of Truth   Karen W. Waggoner     51
May Day   Martha Deborah Hall     59
He's Not an Alcoholic   Mridu Khullar     61
The Whites of His Eyes   Leslie Smith Townsend     65
Family Tree   Katrina Cleveland     75
IReally Am Special   Julie Anne Hunter     81
Mothers Can't Be Drunks, Can They?   Valerie Scully     87
The Day He Left   Allison S. Jones     95
Guilty Feet Have Got No Rhythm   Angela Lovell     99
I Need Help
The Path Was Rocky (But Worth It)   Steven Michael Sarber     109
Amazing Grace   Dagan Elizabeth Manahl     113
Losing Control   Jessica Saldivar     119
To Drink or Not To Drink   Lisa Schoonover     123
Buzz   Miriam Lee     129
My Story   Yvette Fitzjarrald     135
My Demon   Mary C. White     141
Learning to Live
The Wake Up Call   Sheri Ables     147
No Longer in Charge   Christine Valentine     153
A Mother's Journal   Susan Norton     157
Reason to Believe   Ginger B. Collins     165
Breaking Point   Tiffany Williams     173
The Journey to Hope   Uma Girish     179
Do You Know the Way to A.A.?   Diane Saarinen     187
My Dark Nights of the Soul   Ruth Fishel      189
A Simple Cup of Coffee   Lucy Brummett     195
Reprieve from Insanity   Peter Wright     199
Desperation   Kim Mallin     207
Do As I Say, Not As I Do   Ed Lamp, Ph.D.     213
Blessed by Truth   Hannah Smith     217
Till Death Do We Part   Katrina Hunt     223
Better than Better   Leslie C. Lewis     229
Drunk   Sara Ekks     235
A Look to the Future of Alcoholism Treatment   Ron L. Alterman, M.D.     243
Afterword: Caregiver, Heal Thyself   James Huysman, Psy.D.     249
Resources     257
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