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Sober...and Staying That Way: The Missing Link in The Cure for Alcoholism Paperback – March 19, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0684847979 ISBN-10: 0684847973 Edition: 1st

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Alcoholics Anonymous has a 12 percent recovery rate, but what about the remaining 88 percent? "Waiting for the right time to quit, the motivation? Well, there is none," writes Susan Powter in her characteristically direct but chatty style. It's the Powter magic that makes accessible--even persuasive--what has been known in the field for almost 40 years: alcoholism is a biochemical disease. If that's the case, Powter asks in Sober ... and Staying That Way, then why the adamant belief that alcoholism is incurable? Powter's combination of personal disclosure, exposé, and a program for lasting recovery looks soberly at the biochemical and psychological components of alcoholism.

Powter's national prominence as a fitness expert and author of Stop the Insanity! made her disclosure all the more difficult. But it's when Prowter recollects her famous struggle with obesity, drawing from the lessons of goal setting and values searching, that Sober acquires credibility. There was not, she remembers, any instant cure, nor should there be for alcoholism. Recalling the discipline and self-education that preceded her dramatic weight loss, Powter discovered a vitamin-based nutrition program with an 80 percent recovery rate.

Powter presents facts unforgetably: "Did you know that alcohol is one of the richest foods known to man?... This stuff is amazing. It's got calories, it's a food, it gives you energy, but ... it's a food with only calories, nothing else.... Malnutrition. You and I are malnourished." Smart and upbeat--a combination of Powter's triumph over her ordeal with the biochemical and psychological components of recovery--Sober ... and Staying That Way is like a 12-step personal trainer. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Exercise Fuhrer Powter suggests ways to Stop the Insanity! of alcohol abuse.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; 1 edition (March 19, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684847973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684847979
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Alcoholism doesn't run in my family, it gallops. I was getting drunk to console myself the day my mother died of acute alcohol poisoning. After many years of the usual hell you can hear about at any AA meeting, I started making the efforts, mostly at gunpoint. Solution is the only thing that matters in this game, and there was none for me. I'd get close, but always fail, and not know why. At the end, and about to lose my second wife, I was hung over and researching in the library. My experience with herbalism led me to tracking information about nutritional cures, which led me to SOBER AND STAYING THAT WAY. It drew from the same books that had already started the glimmer of understanding. I took it home, devoured it, did everything she said, and my life took a 180. If you always feel vaguely uncomfortable in your body, this book will help. The biochemical environment for sobriety is no joke. Powter is dead on about the alcohol lobby, and the world it forces an alcoholic to exist in. Like her, I was not sold on the AA concept of powerlessness. Bottom line: Do what she says. All of it. Notice how much better you feel, and how much easier it is to resist. The book is not new information, but rather the first digestable thing I've seen that assembles the information properly. As a martial arts teacher told me- many people know the moves, but they don't know the SIGNIFICANCE of them. This book is about the significance, and dignity, and blowing away all the blame and shame. I owe the woman, big time. And if you DON'T buy it- here's a hint- stay off the cigs, donuts, and coffee when you're sitting there like a sad sack at the next AA meeting. That alone will do more than anything you hear there.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
Have been in recovery via AA for almost 4 years. I try to keep an open mind and read anything to do with alcoholism. This book included. I find it to be helpful in the nutritional (or malnutritional) aspects of the disease. Alcoholism is a deadly disease. No matter what you do, if you believe you or someone has a problem get some help. A sick mind, and alcoholism is a disease, cannot cure itself! And, contrary to popular belief--all AA groups are not the same!!! AA is not a religious organization--it is 100% spiritual in nature. There is a vast difference between religion and spirituality. I am fortunate to have found my way of arresting my alcoholism in AA--however, AA has no monopoly on treatment. Get some kind of help. I truly have my doubts that this "cure" in this book will provide a large number of people with lasting, true sobriety. AA has done this, and done it well since 1935. Am I biased--perhaps. But I did try everyway I knew how to quit drinking. This included 2 years of being "dry" by exercise and healthy eating. When the "pats on the back" and my "feeling good" wore off, I went back to drinking. Would be interesting to have a survey done in a few years as a follow up on those who try the program offered in this book. I truly hope this is done, as all research is needed and necessary about this still much misunderstood disease. This book struck me as a rehash of other, older and better researched books. The "meat" of this book can be found in 2 other books--"Under the Influence--A Guide to the Myths and Realities of Alcoholism" by James R. Milam & Katherine Ketcham and "Nature's Road to Recovery" by Beth M Ley Jacobs.Read more ›
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
These 2 tapes are quick and easy to listen to and a good eye opener in some of the many things that are going on in today's world about alcoholism.
I have gone to and continue to go to AA meetings. I continue to go even though I felt that something is not quite right in them. I believe in and support the AA system and process, but, there are some holes in that program.
Susan Powter points some of these things out. She also gives a respectful nod to the AA way of life. She makes a point that any system that remains closed to change for the last 60 years, with evolution in our sciences and society dramatically changing, will become a little antiquated.
She also discusses the large millions and billions of dollars that the liquor market is made of and how that marketing message gets through to you so you can doubt your own sanity about not drinking!
She mentions medical fact about the metabolic changes in your body that take place in alcoholic and non-alcoholic people.
She is a little light in the psychological contributions to the disease, however, that is a separate road which is huge. Should you wish to tackle that component; a - go to AA meetings and work the steps with a sponsor, b - seek guidance from a trained counselor, and c - read more on the psycological, vitamin, nutrition, and spiritual aspects of the disease.
The 2 tapes are not the whole alcoholic picture, then again, there is no such single resource out there.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "kmk7443" on March 20, 2002
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Susan's voice and mannerisms are annoying. So what? She has little formal education and sometimes mispronounces words. Who cares? She charges for the information rather than giving it away. Not important.
She can do research; she has passion; she is motivated to communicate what she learns; she does not pussyfoot around. And she saved my life.
Although recovered now, I was an active alcoholic for most of my adult life, taking my first drink at age 22 and quickly becoming addicted. For the next 25 years, with brief sober periods, my evenings and weekends were spent drinking.
Like many alcoholics I was able to keep a good job, moving up the management ranks--but could not manage the rest of my life.
I went to AA several times but never felt part of it. I was embarrassed, and the prospect of publicly confessing my sins before strangers and loved ones was anathema to me. AA is a decent organization. (It worked for my dad.) Still, the 12-step process only works for twelve percent of the people who try it; did you know that? I was one of the eighty-eight percent for whom it did not work.
By December of 1997 I was a late-stage alcoholic, certain that there was no way I would ever get sober, and that I probably had less than a year to live. In truth, this was OK with me.
Then I found Susan Powter's book. The first night I managed to read a couple of chapters before passing out. The second night I started the book again, read it from beginning to end in one sitting, poured out my entire supply of alcohol, and have not wanted a drink since. I bought the audiotape and listened to it during my daily commute for a month, to ensure that the information was burned into my brain.
I created a concise, 2-page summary of what I learned, both in Susan's book and through additional research, and have shared the information with many people...who have shared it with their own loved ones. All this from Susan's book!
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