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AA: Not the Only Way--Your One Stop Resource Guide to 12-Step Alternatives--Second Edition 2nd Edition Edition
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After battling a twelve-year addiction, and being trapped in the "recovery merry-go-round" nightmare, I have finally woken up after almost dying several times. My second edition of "AA-Not the Only Way" which is also at www.aanottheonlyway.com has just become available, where you will learn about my life, as it has taken both its ups and downs, and how I have come out on the other side ok. There is also a multitude of alternative self-help groups to find out about, and other ways to assist you in either stopping your drinking or using, or moderating it to a harmless level. In this new edition, I have also added alternatives such as hypnosis, acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Add to that a directory of licensed professionals and treatment facilities, if that is determined to be what you need, both within the U.S. and abroad, including all of their contact information...all in one place, so you are not overwhelmed with having to go to the Internet and have to face the thousands if not millions of pages of information out there; now it's all in one convenient book. I know how hard this time in your life is, which is why I also make myself available for you to speak with personally, if that is what you need. (Make sure to go to my site to sign up for your FREE first time 30 minute phone consultation!) I wish you all the best, and just know that I've been there, and I know what you're going through so I can relate, and just know that it does get better. I also deal with a mental disorder on top of all of this, which I talk about in the book as well. It has been said that most people with addiction issues also suffer from some sort of mental disorder as well, so if you are one of them, please do not feel alone in this either. There is help. I wish you all the very best.
I have now devoted my life to researching alternatives to 12-step programs, and sharing this information with others, most recently through the 2nd Edition of my book, then through my website, www.aanottheonlyway.com where there are many other beneficial resources, plus a new FREE discussion forum, open not only to people suffering, but to loved ones who are concerned and professionals in the field. This way, there can be a safe, supportive community which will encourage expanding the dialog and knowlege about all available recovery options. Since research shows that the BEST predictor for success is the ability to CHOOSE your own recovery program, now you will finally have up-to-date information to make an informed decision, and therefore, have the best chance to lead a happy and healthy life. Here's to your success!
Top Customer Reviews
Overall, this is a book whose existence needs to be shouted from the rooftop, evangelized on street corners, and should be REQUIRED READING in EVERY Alcohol and Drug Counselor certification program in the United States!
A copy should be sent to every drug and alcohol treatment center in the U.S., and most importantly, this book should ON THE DESK OF EVERY "coercing authority" that has the power to "force" people with addictive disorders, into treatment facilities. This book will NOT bode well for "12-Step program zealots", as its approach is about the MULTITUDE of non-12-step resources available both on and off the internet. If you are in recovery, or know someone who is, or wants to be, this book is a MUST READ! Don't start or continue a recovery path without it!
John McCready, NCAC-I, M-RAS
Melanie, please bring more to the awaiting masses. The discussion group on [...] is very helpful, as well.
Melanie Solomon has written AA - Not the Only Way; Your One Stop Resource Guide to 12-Step Alternatives with many options that are available listed and explained. Her clear writing style and explanation of the different approaches is a great assistance in knowing which option might best suit any given situation. It is also a comprehensive directory of licensed professionals and treatment programs throughout the US and internationally that offer solutions beyond just the traditional AA 12-step approach.
I wish this book had been available when I was struggling to help a loved one.
Melanie proclaims she is in no way affiliated with any of the treatment programs, philosophies, methods, etc. and she makes no claim to their success. She couldn't possibly. There are so many. She does however offer self-help options and gives contact information for the resources she lists. The word needs to spread far and wide so people know that there are many options to help deal with addictions.
Help can be more effective when the individual feels empowered by the ability to make their own choices and knowing there are choices is the first step. Accepting that the person is suffering and that they really do believe their lies because they cannot remember their truth, is also a compassionate part of helping. Confronting and humiliating isn't the answer. Protecting, engaging and offering options is much more likely to assist in a way that prevents the inevitability of self destruction.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I think is is a well-researched book, and definitely provides sources for people who seek help and are just not good with the Alcoholics Anonymous route. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Greg R. Vadimsky
This book is simply a bunch of lists of resources that you could find on the web for free. It offers no direct help at all! It is really lame.Published 10 months ago by Michael C.
There was som solid anectodal info, but there was really nothing in the resources that I couldn't have looked up myself on the webPublished on August 1, 2013 by Jagwar
This book was a waste of money. She couldn't even be bothered typesetting the content - just pasted in lists she picked up from other sources. Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by LinnieRose
I ordered this product both online and via the author's download page on her website. Never received the book in hard copy OR download. Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Generally a good read and it opened my eyes to a wider view of addiction recovery therapy vs. the single-minded AA approach. Read morePublished on September 17, 2010 by Kris Gardner
Although many people find that AA is a helpful aid for quitting drinking, the research suggests that just as many people are harmed by attending AA as are helped by it--the net... Read morePublished on September 15, 2010 by Kenneth Anderson
When it comes to the topic of recovery from alcohol addiction, this book has it all: a compelling personal story, coverage of the scientific evidence about alcoholism treatment... Read morePublished on February 7, 2010 by Mona Lisa