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The Disease of More: One Woman's 25-Year Recovery from Alcoholism and Food Addiction Paperback – February 23, 2011


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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Take Charge Books (February 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981581838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981581835
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Eleanor R. lives in California with her husband of 19 years and two teen-aged daughters. She is a faithful member of Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous. She works each day helping families heal from the devastation of drug and alcohol abuse, trauma and mental health disorders.

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Eleanor R. lives in California with her husband of 19 years and two teen-aged daughters. She is a faithful member of Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous for almost 11 years and Alcoholics Anonymous for over 25 years. She works each day helping families heal from the devastation of drug and alcohol abuse, trauma and mental health disorders. She has a dog, a cat, two birds and one fish.

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I got sober at 28 in AA. and she joined FA and I joined OA later in life like her.
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If we can learn to deal with the challenges head-on, we will be better off because of it, and it will make this journey through life a whole lot easier.
Cyrus Webb
Thank you Eleanor R. for releasing and sharing your journey's truths of the UNIVERSE's HEALING GRACE in store for EACH of us!!
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Format: Paperback
I have discovered over the years that all addictions are difficult to break, no matter what it might be. No matter how much the person who is bound by them may want to be free, it usually doesn't happen until they realize that the real battle begins within.

For author Eleanor R. we see this is a real and vivid way. Through her book THE DISEASE OF MORE she takes us into not just her battle with alcohol but with food as well. This is something that many can relate to, and I think the way she has written the book is in a way that everyone will feel as though they are not being preached to but approached with empathy and love.

What really got me about Eleanor's story was the ways he had to come to the realization that it wasn't really the "things" that were the real problem for her. It was her attitude towards the "things" that was proving destructive. We also see how her addiction affected those in her life and how she had to make real changes that would have far-reaching effects.

Another great lesson from the book was that sometimes we have to get help to confront our problems and our fears. No matter what we might believe, some dragons just can't be destroyed on our own. This is something that for people like myself that are either independent or extremely private might be a real challenge, but if we want to get better and see lasting changes made, this is what it might take.

In the end we learn something that in many ways we probably already knew: this is a journey that is about moderation and understanding the importance of addressing the core problem we are facing instead of masking it with something else. If we can learn to deal with the challenges head-on, we will be better off because of it, and it will make this journey through life a whole lot easier.

THE DISEASE OF MORE chronicles what is a daily walk for so many of us, but also the hope that lays ahead as well. All we have to do is start the process.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
Eleanor R. is the sobriquet or moniker used by an influential public servant in California. She is also a wife and mother and obeys the rules of AA by not using her full name to publicize the struggle she has coped with that leads to her sharing this fine book about addiction and the ongoing recovering. While there are many many books written by people who have struggled with all types of addiction - alcohol, illegal drugs, prescription drugs, food, blogging, twittering, etc - few have been so careful to explain the gradual if not insidious onset of addiction as well as this author.

Another interesting factor about Eleanor R.'s writing is that she comes form an Hispanic background - an area of investigation about which little has been written. She shares her won coming into the world of addiction by relating her family atmosphere, her father's alcoholism, her abuse, her isolation and her eventual melding into the food addiction and subsequent bulimic attempts to rid herself of her indulgences, her move into alcohol addiction at a very early age, her lifestyle as a highschooler whose life seemed to be eroding under the influence of drugs and alcohol and her eventual reaching above the expectations of her family to receive a higher education and find goals of graduate school, marriage, family, and success.

It is probably the fact that she has become so successful by joining Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous that she finds the need to provide hope to recovering addicts: if she can arrive at the level of success she has achieved, then there is hope for everyone willing to commit to the ongoing healing process of recovery. Part of the success of this book is her writing style - supportive, honest, with just enough humor to keep the reader satisfied.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Penny Bright on May 15, 2011
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A must read if you are on a journey of self discovery! I'm new to 12 step work and am currently working on my first indepth study of the 12 steps through FA (Foodaddicts.org) in an AWOL (A Way of Life) meeting. So it was great that Eleanor wrote this book for me and anyone on this journey. I read Eleanor's book with hopes to gain insight into my own journey and she definitely gave me insight and much much more. I have heard many of the phrases that Eleanor discussed - Easy Does It, First Things First, Keep Your Eyes on Your Plate, Let Go And Let God, and now with her indepth description of them, I feel that I have a deeper understanding of were they originated and how they can truly support me in my "day at a time" journey in recovery from food addiction that I have embarked on. I could hear the gratitude, envision her cloaked in gratitude and feel how Eleanor embraces gratitude in her life from her many references to living her life from joy and with a grateful attitude. She really drove home the fact that you can't think negatively and gratitude at the same time -- so I too choose gratitude because it's really what matters and will keep me steeped in love - that's were I want to be and with this book Eleanor has assisted me to stay there! Like Eleanor I'm committed to livng a life that is happy, joyous and free. Thank you Eleanor for sharing your experience, strength and hope and I am definitely looking forward to your next book - Burning Bushes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Claire W. on March 7, 2011
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I gained so much knowledge and inspiration from this frank, first-hand account of how Eleanor overcome multiple addictions to lead a purposeful, happy life. I don't suffer from addiction myself but needed to understand it in order to support others around me. Just learning the simple concept of a "disease of more" taught me more than anything else I've read on the subject. And seeing the roots of Eleanor's disease in childhood struggles and family history was really illuminating. I recommend this book to anyone struggling with addiction within themselves, their family, or their community--or even someone who just wants to be inspired by a story of personal triumph. It shows a path away from despair toward the type of joy we all dream of.
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