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Tales of Addiction and Inspiration for Recovery: Twenty True Stories from the Soul (Reflections of America) Hardcover – April 23, 2010

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  • Series: Reflections of America
  • Hardcover: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Modern History Press (April 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615990380
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615990382
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,102,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barbara Sinor, Ph.D. is a retired psychotherapist who counseled adults recovering from childhood sexual abuse, PTSD, addiction recovery, and adult children of alcoholics. Sinor's books focus on the issues surrounding the healing and recovery of the above using holistic methods on all levels, including spiritual and metaphysical. Her education includes a Doctorate in Psychology and she is also an ordained minister.

Dr. Sinor is the author of five books with her sixth book due for release in the spring of 2014. The title of the new book is "The Pact: Messages from the Other Side." Sinor's current writing project is her first fiction novel titled "Finding Destiny." Barbara welcomes comments directed through her Blog and web site: www.DrSinor.com

Endorsement Reviews for "The Pact":
"'The Pact' is a beautifully written illumination of the thin veil between souls and incarnations. We truly do walk within, beside, and toward one another every step of the way. Highly recommended!"
~Jeff Brown, author
"Soulshaping: A Journey of Self-Creation"

"Every once in a while you read a book that takes you beyond the edge of the known and into the timeless realm of the soul. 'The Pact: Messages from the Other Side' is one of those special books. It takes the reader on a spiritual journey through life after life, weaving a tale of relationships that is like a Navajo rug. Seen from the bottom there are multiple threads; seen from above a pattern of stunning beauty emerges. This is a story of love that is stronger than death. Dr. Sinor and her departed husband's personal life pact unfolds as a spiritual memoir that uplifts and inspires uniting past, present, and future."
~Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., New York Times best-selling author

"The Pact' is a profoundly intimate and poignant account of a deeply loving couple whose love and connection remain true and flowing across time, space, life, and death. I have never seen a book about channeled information written in quite this way and it strikes me as very effective and moving. 'The Pact' provides a clear example of the phenomenon of channeling, and the spiritual education and satisfaction that can come from recognizing ourselves as eternal beings with many lifetimes of growth and experience."
~JP Van Hulle, Michael Channel, author
"Michael: The Basic Teachings"

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"Tales of Addiction and Inspiration for Recovery" by Barbara Sinor is a collection of stories about addiction and recovery, some of which are inspirational, some which portray the hard-fought successes and some which depict the heart-breaking realities of addiction. The most poignant story by far is the author's own tale of dealing with her son's alcoholism and eventual death. It angers me to read about someone losing their fight with addiction while waiting to get into treatment after being repeatedly told there are "no beds available." It's absurd that this should happen in a country that spends billions in a futile "war on drugs." The focus obviously needs to be shifted from putting people in prison to putting them in treatment. Sinor includes information about many different organizations, one of which is Closing the Addiction Treatment Gap, a national program working to expand addiction treatment for those who desire to reach out for help. Currently, four out of five Americans who need treatment are unable to get it.

In her own story, Sinor says, "David and I were heartbroken that our son had chosen such a difficult path." I think it's unfortunate that she believes her son "chose" the path that led to his death. If I chose my path, I made that choice long before I first drank alcohol and smoked pot at fourteen. By then, my personality and character were well-formed in a way that made my "choice" more of an involuntary contraction or reaction. I was a curious and naive dare-devil, and I made an ill-informed decision that lead to much misery before I could see what was happening to me. No one knows exactly how one becomes addicted. I believe, for me, it was a recipe with many ingredients.
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Addiction is a disease that often doesn't present itself in a form that onlookers notice; it's often hidden by the addict to a point even the closest friends and family don't know about it. And, at other times the family of the addict cover it up so well that closest friends don't even realize there is a problem. As I read each story in "Tales of Addiction" by Dr. Barbara Sinor I felt the pain, dismay, denial, and hopelessness of each writer. Some stories are just down-right difficult to read and offered much contemplation as I reflected back on my own life and experiences.

Yet, every one of the stories offers hope. We get the distinct guidance that a shift happens in us and we begin to accept the addiction as real and seek recovery. This goes for both - the addict and the family member. Just because we don't have a substance addiction, it doesn't mean we aren't susceptible to enabling, which ends up being an addiction in itself.

Poignant, reflective, and offering the knowing there is hope and recovery, "Tales of Addiction" gives the reader the sense they are not alone. But most of all, the stories reflect compassion and in the end the true identity of each person.
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Dr. Sinor has again provided dynamics concerning addiction/recovery that anyone can learn from. Being a recovered addict and a contributor to this anthology, I found this book hard to put down. The different perspectives offered gives the reader an insight not only into the lives of addicts but also into the lives of those affected by addicts.

John E. Smethers, PhD - Author of Scumbag Sewer Rats: An Archetypal Understanding of Criminalized Drug Addicts
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Tales of Addiction

"Once in a blue moon, I read a book that culminates in a poignancy by sharing a powerful experience. Tales of Addiction is one such book: Here is a story and message amidst all of our stories; here is hope set against great challenges in the world of addiction and recovery; here is a legacy of understanding. Tales of Addiction is not just a collection of deep insight and personal accounts of tearful relapse and recovery, it is craftsmanship. Author, Barbara Sinor is a well read specialist in a world coming to grips with the disease of addiction. She offers her own valuable background of relatedness and heartened familiarity. Artfully sharing all of this is the book's strength. Like a tapestry, it works by holding the reader's interest with unique tales smoothly interwoven with both a spiritual and intellectual thought process. Sinor progressively weaves the details of her life and practical wisdom in-and-out of the book's logical succession and its acumen of the disease of addiction. The reader feels her deep and intelligent reflection accompanying each precious contribution of struggle and uncertain recovery. Some make it; others may not, you begin to know this. You feel your own relatedness and in the last chapters, the reader enters the author's space hearing the breaking news of a sudden culmination of one very special story and a legacy that lives on in her. Sinor's book pushes forward with exigency and hope.

Tales of Addiction resonates a message to all impacted by the world of drugs and alcohol: It is a world of possibility and joy; it is a world of shocking sadness; it is a world of conquest. One poignant message from the book is that no matter what, a single addict's life is still sacred and knowing this captures a moment in time.
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