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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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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Take Charge Books (February 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981581838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981581835
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #676,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CAL on March 2, 2011
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If you want to face and understand a child, spouse, sibling, friend and their disease of addiction this is a must read accounting of one woman's journey - but a noted point that addiction is not about anything we have done to cause another to hang on tight to what they know as a way of life before finding their own recovery - in their time not ours. Bottom line the best we can do is love them into health, love them more that even they can imagine is possible, and learn the tool of unconditional understanding - and yes run don't walk to the rooms of recovery where other loving family and friends gather to support each other through the challenges of addictions and finally into understanding that addictions are real and not personal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Israel Drazin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 22, 2011
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This book will certainly help addicts of every sort, especially those addicted to drink and over-eating. It will also benefit readers who think that they have no addictions because Eleanor R. is an obviously intelligent and perceptive person, a lawyer with a prestigious position, and she has a keen understanding of herself, what causes addiction, and the problems that people face. She says that she calls herself Eleanor R. because of Alcoholics Anonymous, AA, demands that people not identify themselves as addicts by their full name. She tells us that her husband has an important position, she has two daughters, and is successful today and enjoys life, but she did not always have a good life.

Her mother had mental problems and her father was a mean drunk for most of his life, and he overate. She was sexually abused by a relative as a child. She felt neglected. She became a drunk and bulimic at about age nine, and although she repeatedly vomited the food she ate, she ate so much that she was grossly overweight. She was sexually promiscuous and was easily led to bed when she was drunk.

She began with AA when she reached bottom at age 24 and she discovered the basic concept of AA, which is "surrender to win." Six of AAs famous twelve steps tell the recovering alcoholic to recognize a "higher power," recognize that the addict is "powerless over alcohol," and cannot hope to avoid addiction without surrendering to this higher power. Eleanor tells us in insightful detail how surrendering to this higher power made her free. She tells us also how AA taught her discipline and reliance on the advice and direction of sponsors, people who are recovering alcoholics, who know the problems and how to handle them.
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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
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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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