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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (March 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480591939
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480591936
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #683,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"BEING SOBER: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting To, Getting Through, and Living in Recovery by Harry Haroutunian. The physician director of professional and residential programs at the Betty Ford Center shares his accumulated wisdom to help people deal with drug and alcohol abuse. The book includes a foreword by Steven Tyler, and the trade paper edition was released in September."—Publisher’s Weekly --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Harry Haroutunian, MD, is the physician director of the Betty Ford Center and has overseen its extended care, professional, and clinical evaluation programs for the past six years. He is board certified in both addiction and family medicine and is an internationally known speaker and authority on addiction. He lives in Rancho Mirage, CA.

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I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who wants help someone overcome a drinking problem.
thomas berrigan
It helped me to realize how to be more understanding of the hows and whys an addict relapses and how to respond better to the addict when they relapse.
Claudia M. Abernathy
The language in here is very easy to read and structured in a flow of information that will gradually sink in.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Allen Berger, Ph.D. on August 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
The field of addiction treatment has made some dangerous detours in recent years. Drug replacement therapy has been heralded as a go to solution. Harm reduction strategies abound and are constantly being thrust before the public offering a new hope for those that suffer from the destructive forces of addiction. Approaches based on the 12 Steps have been criticized for being too rigid. Yet there remains a group of us who believe that recovery is both possible and probable. With Being Sober Dr. Haroutunian joins these ranks with an important contribution to the body of literature on recovery.
The concept of this book is based on Dr. Haroutunian's desire to "...bring the heart of the world renowned, highly successful Betty Ford Center treatment plan to anyone struggling with addiction." To my knowledge this has never been done. After reading it, I am certain that many men and women and their families will benefit from this book.
Dr. Haroutunian is highly passionate about recovery. His writing style is personable and highly accessible which is what you'd say about Dr. Haroutunian if you had a chance to meet him. He is an incredible man who openly shares what he has learned from his own recovery journey, and an outstanding medical doctor who cares deeply for his patients.
He also has the unique gift of translating complex medical research into simple down to earth language that provides us, the readers, with clarity and highly pragmatic suggestions. His insights will help those of us trudging the road to recovery transform principles of coping into principles that will help us realize our true potential and live better lives than ever imagined.

Allen Berger, Ph.D. - Author of 12 Stupid Things that Mess up Recovery
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Lon F. Alexander on August 28, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Recovery literature can be rambling and excessively anecdotal, or else too clinical to be of use to those patients and families suffering from addiction. Rarely does one find a work that is succinct, direct and applicable, while still interwoven with personal anecdotes and passions of the author. Look no further than Being Sober, by Dr. Harry Haroutunian of the Betty Ford Center, who has succeeded magnificently in creating a work that is both readable and enjoyable, while still being up to date and informative.

The book starts by examining the neurobiology of addiction, and firmly settles the issue that addictions are truly disease states. Dr. Haroutunian puts a modern and fresh spin on the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, distilling each step into the strengths and weaknesses being addressed. In one of it's most powerful efforts, Being Sober bridges the gap from "rehab" to "recovery", a transition that is often neglected in popularized mass media. It depicts recovery as an attractive, attainable goal.

The heart of the book, however, is Dr. Haroutunian's own journeys. "Dr. Harry" is neither boastful nor evasive when he discusses his near destructions, wrought by a cunning and powerful disease. Yet each saga is balanced with a lesson in gratitude, as he chooses recovery over addiction and finds his way into new life. Well done, doctor; in these stories lies "first person hope" for anyone searching for relief from addictions.

I predict this book will become a classic, and required reading for both those that suffer from addictions, and those that treat them.

Lon F. Alexander, M.D
Jackson, MS
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By moon nimon on September 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
Seeing dr harry interviewed on dr oz with featuring steve tyler's recovery felt like I was being re-reminded of the truth to my addiction: me. It starts with a honest look within. There is HOPE for which I am grateful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By thomas berrigan on September 18, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book for one seeking to understand alcoholism or addiction. His explanations are easy to understand and provide insights I have never seen anywhere else. He also takes a potentially deadly and heartbreaking problem and provides a sensible solution with warmth and humor. His explanation, medically, about what happens inside the survival part of the brain to someone who has a problem controlling their drinking is worth the time and price of the book. It makes it so much easier to see why alcoholism is so difficult to understand for the non-alcoholic. It also explains why it is so hard for the alcoholic to see the problem himself or herself. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who wants help someone overcome a drinking problem. Read it yourself and then pass it on. You will be glad you did - and you may save a life.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robin C Haroutunian on August 29, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
A wonderful account of the disease of addiction and the path to living a happy and free life. I found it to be thoughtful, funny, loving, informative and real. Great job.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By akw on September 14, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I work at rehab and this book is very informative for me. I am enjoying hearing what he has to say. It was also recommended by Steven Tyler.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By nancy c kelley on December 17, 2013
Format: Paperback
I have been a high school math and science teacher, an emt/pa, and I am a practicing attorney and a captain for a major airline. needless to say, I have read many books. This is by far the best book I have read in this field. Danny k
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rebecca robertson on December 5, 2013
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A great little book. Takes the 12 steps and makes them so simple that even a child could understand it. A must read for beginners in recovery.
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