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- Publisher: Arcturus Publishing; 1 edition (November 3, 2009)
- Publication Date: November 3, 2009
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I am 26, I have a successful job in the construction industry, have a great group of friends and family and my whole world revolves around cars. Talking, wrenching, watching, driving. It is in my blood. This seems irrelavent now but will make more sense later. I went to a great high school, played all the sports, never did drugs or drank in excess. Yes, I went to parties but it was not a every weekend event. Continued on to college and got a two year degree. I was paying for myself so I could not afford the required classes to get my Bachelors degree and in search of a job I ended up getting into construction.
By the time I was 20 I was probably drinking twice a week steady with some of the older guys I worked with. I turned 21 and without realizing it my drinking had shot through the roof. I was going out and buying this or that to try whether it be hard alcohol or microbrews. I did not think much of it since I was just doing what every other 21 year old was doing, right? Around the age of 23 I realized I had a major problem on my hands. I was buying a pint of Jagermeister a night and could slam the entire bottle in one shot. Of course I left out some details in those two years such as I gained about 60 pounds, ruined the relationship with the girl of my dreams whom I dated for 5 years, I lost touch with friends I had known for years, was now socially and personally using drugs (weed, pills, coke) becuase I was trying to reach a "new drunk" since I had such a high tolerance and I lost touch of reality.
But I always made it to work in time, I made new friends, bought bigger clothes and was just telling myself one continuous excuse after another. So I continued to drink like a fish. Anything and everything. I can not tell you how many times I would slam that pint of Jager, and within an hour was driving to the local liquor store for another pint because I started to early (5:00pm) and didnt want to lose my buzz before bedtime. Being blackout drunk was almost a nightly occourance and the hangovers just became the normal for me. But again, I kept it to myself and figured I would deal with the issue later.
I eventually went to an AA meeting and what the people said there really made sense. They had the same issues as I did. But I did not know how to dedicate an hour a day to it, but more importantly, let everyone know that I was an alcoholic. I did not want that label. I tried stopping through willpower a dozen or so times. That would last about two weeks tops before I gave myself another reason to drink. I would google things and tried the Kudzu root and the vitamin deficiency programs, etc. Nothing worked. I knew I had to stop before I killed myself or someone else. I could not live my life like this. I stumbled across "The Easy Way to Control Alcohol" on Amazon, read some reviews and based off them, it almost seemed to good to be true. I ordered it and was nothing but doubtful.
Once I recieved the book I did not open it up for about three weeks. Why, I am not sure, probably becasue I would have rather drink then read. Once I started, you are given very specific instructions, one of which is continue to drink like normal as long as you read the book sober. I would read a dozen or so pages at a time about every three days and I really took my time, did what he said and comprehended what he wrote. The entire time I was nothing but doubtful that this would work however in the back of my head I was jumping for joy hoping it really would be as easy as Carr said. When I got to the last chapter it probably took me a week to finish it. I was just so apprehensive and nervouse for the "final instructions."
I did it, I completed the book but nothing felt different. Did it work? I went to work the next day and on the way home I avoided all the liquor stores. But it felt more like when I try to quit with the willpower method then a permanent fix. I stayed sober that night. The next day I went to work and did the same thing, avoided the liquor store stop on the way home but only because I felt like I had to. I was walking up to my front step of my house when my best friend whom I have grown up with was working on his car and he yelled over. He asked if I wanted to give him a hand putting a part on his car when he gets off work (9pm). Then it all clicked!
Right then, right there, it all made sense. That was my "Eureka!" moment. I was free. No longer a slave to alcohol and my life revolving around it. At that moment I realized I no longer had to make up another excuse or text him the next day saying how I "fell asleep" when in reality would rather get in a drunken coma then hang out with my best friend and work on cars. So many times I had left car shows/events early or blew off working on a car because I wanted to get drunk. At that moment I knew I would never have to make that decision again and it felt incredible.
Everything Carr said fell into place and not only was I going to be sober, I was going to stay sober and it was going to be easy. I am proud to say I am currently six weeks sober, I have not felt this good since I was about 20 and I have zero desire to drink. This includes going to the bar for lunch with my co-workers, bowling in a league once a week, celebrating New Years Eve, my birthday and attending a wedding. It is a feeling I cannot describe to say I have beaten alcohol.
I know my review has been a little longer then you probably wanted to read, and I could still write more but I just wanted to show that I was your typical jock in high school, I was succeessful at whatever I tried and alcohol still dragged me down to its level. Even then I was still a functioning alcoholic but that did not make it ok. I also wanted to establish just how much alcohol I was drinking on a daily basis and was able to stop just like that. This book is your answer if you have a real desire to quit drinking. You need to follow Carr's instructions exactly as he says, take your time reading it, have an open mind and digest what he says. Just becuase you finish it does not mean your magically cured. You may have to re-read it or let it sink in for a few days. It has changed my life and I am forever thankful for it. I cannot wait to update this review and let everyone know how my sobriety is going and the positive changes it has led to. Thank you for reading and if you have any questions do not hesitate to ask.
The key to the success of this book is to read it absolutely thoroughly, mulling over each of the points Allen makes until you are really convicted of the truth in what he says, because it is fully understanding this truth that will kill your desire to drink without the need for willpower or the struggle to resist temptation. No, he doesn't harp about wrecking your liver or shortening your life span; he doesn't insult the intelligence of the alcoholic by droning on about what you already know. Instead, he gently, gradually, and systematically makes you realize that alcohol is not doing for you what you think it is. Once you truly realize that-- and it's different for each person-- the desire to drink disappears.
I had to read the book twice. The first time, I was so eager for the results that I whipped through it and took my "final drink" before I had really thoroughly understood all of Allen's points. Within a few days I realized I was not really ready, that I was still relying on will power not to drink, and I started drinking again. I immediately began rereading the book. By the way, Allen actually requests that you do not attempt to quit or cut down until you finish the book (though you are only to read it while sober), so that you can really experience for yourself what he is saying. Also, until you finish the book, any attempts to cut down will be based solely on willpower, and he wants to free you from that, so reading the entire book is essential before you quit.
The second time I read the book, I pondered each of his points very carefully. Sometimes I wasn't sure whether I agreed with something, and I thought about it and journaled about it until I was certain he was right. By the time I finished the book a couple of weeks later, I was convicted on every single point. He has completely dismantled all the illusions I held about what alcohol did for me.
Allen has you take a "Final Drink" after you finish the book. There are two reasons: one is, so you can experience that last drink with all the knowledge and insights Allen has given you. Second, a final drink allows you to know the exact moment at which you become free, released from the terrible prison of alcohol. I can tell you that that final drink tasted so utterly foul to me that I almost had to choke it down.
Since I quit, the only difficulty I experienced was what Allen described as a slight feeling of insecurity or emptiness, which occurred at the time I would normally drink (for me this would be while cooking in the evening, and afterwards). However, simply by recalling what I learned from the book, any temptation to drink was immediately eradicated without the need for will power.
Not needing will power is such a blessing. To have to use will power to resist the temptation to drink for the rest of your life keeps you chained to the stigma of alcoholism and leaves you stuck with a daily struggle. I can say that since those first few days of that mild insecure feeling, I have been thrilled not to drink, there is no temptation at all, and my life has completely changed. Not drinking has given me back my self-esteem, the respect of my husband and family, hours of productive time each day that are not wasted by being inebriated, no longer feeling like a hypocrite as a holistic health practitioner, no longer waking in the night filled with regrets about things I did or said while drinking, no longer waking up feeling sick and miserable before the day even begins, no longer having to make trips to the liquor store each day, wasting money, trying to disguise how much I drank, no longer feeling hopelessly trapped in the wretched prison of alcohol. Quitting has also opened the door to other health improvements. For example, I can finally follow a cleansing program and diet that required abstaining from alcohol, which was impossible for me before. I'm free!
God bless you, Allen Carr!
Whats great is Mr. Carr is not a PHD,, his method is simply explaining how "Hollywood" and advertising, peer pressure ect set a trap for us to get hooked. and the reason we feel we have to be "drunk" to enjoy a party, ect. I am sorry I have not read this a long time ago. .
Just like weight and diet plans, not every one will get "cured" by this book,, but its worth a try. I did not have time to go every week to a AA meeting,, and Mr Carr is anti AA,, and its method of branding you for life as a "Addict" with a problem. Again,, AA is great for certain people and I applaud them for saving lives! However Mr. Carrs method is shocking so simple,, and so easy to understand, and at the end of 3-4 hours of reading this book you are simply cured and never feel or want to drink again. He also goes into his life,, and the benefits of living a longer life.
When you read the famous people cured by this method is amazing.. Note you can buy the hard copy or soft cover, both are great but you can buy this soft copy to save money.. FYI, Mr Carr is from Europe,, and has clinics world wide, this great man has passed on, but if you really have questions, the NYC home office staff are great on the phone. I was a little confused over the different versions out there and the office answered my questions, This version is the latest one he did, and dont be confused over titles, there really is only one for drinking, He originally used the same techniques for smoking and diet.. A great man, I wish he was alive today to thank him.
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