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The 30-Day Sobriety Solution: How to Cut Back or Quit Drinking in the Privacy of Your Own Home Hardcover – January 19, 2016
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"The 30-Day Sobriety Solution is a great book. It combines the best techniques of the human potential (EFT Tapping, neurolinguistic programming, life-purpose exercises, goal setting, meditation, guided visualization, affirmations, journaling), with the best approaches from recovery counseling and coaching in a comprehensive approach that works to overcome alcohol abuse and addiction." (John Gray, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Men Are from Mars, Women are from Venus, What You Feel You Can Heal, and Staying Focused in a Hyper World)
"This is a wonderful, thoughtful book that will guide you and inspire you to get complete control over your drinking problem once and for all." (Brian Tracy, bestselling author of No Excuses, Maximum Achievement, and Change Your Life)
"Not everyone wants to join a support group to deal with their drinking problems. With that in mind...Canfield and Andrews carefully guide readers through a series of daily “solutions,” which include psychological insights, personal accounts (some from celebrities), and honest appraisal.... The overall tone is nonthreatening and compassionate....Anyone who needs to be kept on track or inspired will find genuine help in this honest, insightful book." (Booklist)
"Geared toward problem drinkers struggling to cut back or quit drinking as well as those who want to be reinspired in recovery, this volume proposes a five-phase plan using success principles, goal setting, visualizations, neuroscience, and cognitive therapies to assist readers in identifying the reasons for drinking, defeating the dread of quitting, cultivating gratitude, and taking pleasure in confidence-building activities.... For readers who sincerely want to stop drinking the lessons n this book will pave the way." (Library Journal)
"A day-by-day path to sobriety that combines research-based, practical techniques with principles tested over eight years and thousands of hours with program participants... Sensitively written yet no-nonsense guide." (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
"The 30-Day Sobriety Solution brings the power of positive psychology to recovery, and by integrating it with other proven techniques and tools for life change, Jack and Dave have created the new standard for achieving sobriety." (Shawn Achor, happiness researcher and bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage)
"Using positive psychology and systematic instructions …inspirational reports from folks who have beaten alcoholism…, Canfield and Andrews’s focus… is on empowering people to overcome it." (Bookpage)
"The 30-Day Sobriety Solution is an amazing step-by-step program for getting your drinking (or any addiction) under control. It uses the latest and greatest methods for overcoming addictions. Even if you're not ready to quit alcohol entirely, this book will help you avoid the problems associated with abusing alcohol--or any other substance. I highly recommend it." (Jonathan Robinson, M.A., M.F.T., author of "The Technology of Joy," and former clinical director of the National Council of Alcohol and Drug Abuse)
About the Author
Jack Canfield is co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, which includes forty New York Times bestsellers, and coauthor of The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. He is a leader in the field of personal transformation and peak performance and is currently CEO of the Canfield Training Group and Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Foundation for Self-Esteem. An internationally renowned corporate trainer and keynote speaker, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.
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You see, I was an alcoholic, too.
I was what they call a "High Functioning" alcoholic. I excelled at my job. I was a paramedic field instructor, I promoted through the ranks, I was respected by my subordinates, and I was trusted by my supervisors. At night on my days off, I would drink heavily...a fifth of vodka a night heavily at my highest. I had been able to reduce my nightly consumption of alcohol down from that insane level, but I was never able to quit or reduce it to one or two beers at night. I had tried many times before but I always reverted back into the same routine of drinking starting at 5 o'clock. This continued on even after I retired. Every time I tried to quit, it felt like I was holding my breath underwater...sure I could do it for a little bit, but I always came up for air. I always came back to drinking.
Two years after I retired, I found this book at the bookstore. One evening around 5 o'clock, I came strolling in the house with a 6-pack of beer in one hand and a book on how to achieve and thrive in sobriety in the other. My wife gave me a disapproving smirk and asked if I was really going to read a book on quitting drinking while having a beer. I said I did...and then I did. It's been 33 days since I had a drink...and I don't have any cravings for alcohol. I'm not saying I won't have any struggles in the future, but I have never had such a positive attitude and outlook toward drinking. This book gave me several tools (solutions) that I am now able to use if I start to get overwhelmed by that unbearable craving.
This book goes over 30 different "Solutions" to help you find what drives you to drink and what you can do to get past those deep-seated feelings. Some of the exercises were emotionally tough. You really needed to take an in depth look at yourself to see what the root cause of your drinking was. Some of the different solutions weren't for me and I'm sure not all are for everyone. I referred to some of these as foofey and gooey in the forums on their companion website. Coming from a firefighter background, I'm used to solving things with a relatively instant fix...ie. you put water on the fire, when it's out, you go back to the station...there, problem fixed. These solutions require some deep thought with an understanding that there is a process set in place and it takes time. "The 30 Day Sobriety Solution" website is a place where there are a ton of people who experienced similar situations that offered their support to me and wrote about their struggles that were similar to mine.
This program has worked unbelievably well for me. I'm so amazed how I feel now. I have control over alcohol...it doesn't control me. My wife is so happy that I went through the 30 day program. We are feeling closer, my relationship with my kids is better, I have new found energy, and I am clear headed.
I'm not one to write reviews on Amazon because I believe the old saying to be true..."Opinions are like A-holes, everyone's got one and most of them stink." With that being said, I hope my story my story would offer a little more credibility than the average review. I would like to highly recommend this book to anyone looking for help. This book can be used by anyone who has ever questioned how to reduce or quit drinking altogether. There are 30 different solutions in this book and I'm sure one will work for anyone who really wants to make a change in their life. It's not easy, but nothing in life worth attaining ever is.
I'd like to thank Dave and Jack for this incredible book and the companion website. It has changed my life. I thank you...and my wife thanks you!
I was drinking a bottle of wine about every night, and couldn't imagine a night without it. What would be the point? How boring!
When I started reading this book, I thought that if it at least took away my craving for the 30 days, it would be well worth it.
I am happy to report that not only was the 30 days a breeze, I am doing the whole book again for 60 days this time. I don't care if I ever drink again.
When the night of our romantic dinner came, I had a glass of wine... And it put me to sleep. Never before was I just knocked out by the wine. At that point (and the morning after, when I had the emotional hangover of drinking that I somehow never noticed before then), I decided drinking is just not for me. It doesn't hold a place in the life I want, and I am glad to be free of it.
I am so grateful for this book showing me how to really enjoy life.
I admit that I am still adjusting to my new sober life, and some days I miss laughing drunkenly, but I'm confident I'll get it back.
If you are reading this review, you obviously have enough curiosity about the book to at least check it out. It's just 30 days, and if you hate it, you can go back to drinking. You owe it to yourself to try it out.
P.S. I had tried AA, and it didn't work for me several times. I couldn't beat the sense of loss of alcohol.
I was familiar with some of the solutions because I had previously used them for personal growth. Overall I learned how to harness my conscious and unconscious mind so that in a month’s time I no longer want to drink when I am alone. I never really drank that much socially so I will decide in the future whether I will drink occasionally socially.
The program was very empowering for me. I have started meditating every day. I wake up every morning grateful that I started this program. Thank you, Jack and Dave, for helping me discover my “why” for the rest of my life. I’m now applying the solutions to reach other personal goals.
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