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Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud: Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety Paperback – December 17, 2012
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"Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud: Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety rolls out the latest scientific research about relapse and the disease of alcoholism without reading like a text
book. It weaves a stunning personal story of relapse together with facts about why nine of ten sober alcoholics go back to drinking at least once. The book introduces the Symptoms of Sobriety which are indicators that relapse is imminent, four key stressors that lead to relapse, and success factors in keeping a relapse at bay. It is geared toward the alcoholic and the family and friends around him who may be wondering why anyone would return to the misery.
Indie Author Land: How big a problem is alcohol abuse?
Stevens: Alcohol use disorders cost the U.S. $220 billion annually. Other countries have problems as significant and financially draining as ours. Alcohol is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. and worldwide. The book is relevant to everyone because we're ALL paying the price -- through courts, healthcare, lost productivity. Getting people sober is important: Keeping them sober is what this book is about.
Indie Author Land: Who needs to read this book?
Stevens: Eight percent of the population is alcoholic -- some practicing, some in recovery. Beyond those men and women are, on average, 8-10 people directly impacted by the alcoholic's drinking and/or relapse. The book is targeted toward those around the alcoholic, to give them answers, as well as the alcoholic who wonders what is behind relapse.
Indie Author Land: Have you written any other books on this subject?
Stevens: What the Early Worm Gets was released in 2010 and takes a critical look at the differences between alcohol abuse and the disease of alcoholism and the difference between treatment and mistreatment.
Indie Author Land: What qualifies you to write on this subject?
Stevens: A lot of popular addiction and recovery authors and TV celebs have great credentials, but few have had to eat their own cooking. I have. For almost two years, I drank alcoholicly, secretly downing two liters of whiskey a day, every day. So when I talk about recovery, I can relate precisely to the reader's condition and the range of emotions. Charts don't just have peaks and valleys to me as they do to a clinician: I've lived on those peaks and in those valleys. And I've done extensive background research, not intending to replace what is out there, only to add to it.
Indie Author Land: Is there any book out there like this one that we might have read?
Stevens: A Million Little Pieces is similar to intensity to parts of Every Silver Lining... except this book is non-fiction.
Indie Author Land: Ha ha. That book did cause a bit of a furor, if not always for the right reasons. What has the reaction been to your book?
Stevens: Response to the book has been growing. I'm reaching two audiences: Those who have or know someone with the disease; and professionals/paraprofessionals in the treatment business. The reviews have been very encouraging. Each of them have been five-stars, and I think it is hard to get someone inspired enough to comment on a sensitive topic, let alone give it top ratings. Many of the comments reflect an appreciation for my writing style (which I appreciate) and also how the information was presented in such a personal and reader-friendly way. I didn't want a "clinical" read as one reviewer called it. It stands out among both audiences as thorough, helpful and anything but clinical or dry.
Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud was just recognized as one of four Finalists in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the self-help category against some really good works even I have read, so the book is getting a growing - and appreciative - following.
Indie Author Land: What's next?
Stevens: I'm presently very engaged in my reporting and in promoting this book, but I have a start on a third self-help book addressing the stigma of alcoholism in society.
I've also written two children's titles I want to get out before Christmas. They don't have anything to do with alcoholism. They're fun, engaging books that can be read as bedtime stories or can be tackled by young readers."
- Item Weight : 7.5 ounces
- Paperback : 140 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1479759481
- ISBN-13 : 978-1479759484
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.35 x 9 inches
- Publisher : XLIBRIS (December 17, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #689,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The money involved in the alcohol industry is certainly a driver in the whole equation, and as he presents this aspect of alcohol people should be infuriated. It is amazing that we have found a substance so utterly powerful over all of society, including the industry, profit, advertisement, DUI and drunk driving deaths, violence, broken ralationships, incarceration, health issues, etcetera and that it remains loved, idolized and included in daily life planning of everything from parties, dining, and even taking a flight to weddings and celebrations, "Do we need alcohol? How much will it cost? How much do we need?" It has become an expectation.
Great book and very easy to read!
guilt and shame and how these emotions interfere with sobriery.
This book cites roo mant sources which interrupts the narrative flow. This book was nor rhe book rhat I was looking for. Perhaps I picked this instead of a book rhat could help explain addiction. I'm looking for a book that explains prescription pill addiction and what would drive someone to accidentally overdosing that resulted in my sisters death.. Otherwise I would highly recommend Every Cloud Has a Sulver Lining to those afflicted with dealing with alcoholism or alcohol abuse because according to the author there is a big difference. I think it (book) pertains to anyone who struggles or knows someone who struggles with alcohol.
This book has a mix of stories and facts. The author shares with readers his personal experiences of struggling with alcoholism. In plain language he explained what alcoholism is, with reference to scientific researches and theories (presented in a way that layman could understand). He explained how to stay sober, there are detailed analysis of various cures such as group therapy and counseling. The advices are indeed actionable.
What I particularly liked about this book is how it corrected most people’s misconceptions about alcoholism and relapse. After reading this book, I started to rethink whether it is an alcoholic to blame or there are factors out of his control, such as chemical imbalance?
Overall, this is a great reading I highly recommend.
Scott also goes into Al-Anon, the legal system, and the futility of incarceration programs as well as how dysfunctional families play such a large role in alcoholism. Peppered throughout the book are well-versed truisms and great chapter opening quotes, which I personally thought added an extra punch to it all. And lest you think this book is like so many other self-help books, filled with one unprovable case study after another, here, every eye-opening statement or life example is backed up by worthy sources. A true find for everyone! HIGHLY recommended!
Top reviews from other countries
When I read the sentence `What do you feel like losing today? 'I knew that I would be able to relate to this book. It totally sums up the misery caused by alcohol addiction. The book will undeniably strike a chord with people in different stages of their recovery.
I had not thought about addiction in terms of The Symptoms of Sobriety and found this incredibly insightful, well researched and very helpful. Alcoholics beat themselves up all the time about what they have done when they have been drinking and end up feeling very guilty and filled with shame. The distinction between guilt and shame is an interesting concept. The author discusses other problem stressors and gives the reader strategies to cope with them. As the author says that once you know what signs to look out for, reading a looming alcoholic lapse is simple to spot.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is trying to cope with recovery from addiction or would like to understand more fully what a recovering alcoholic has to deal with. If you want help to understand why you start drinking again and what you can do about it then this book will really help you.
I give this book FIVE STARS for its bold approach and brutal truthfulness. Well done Scott Stevens.
I can see why Stevens kept it as layman friendly as possible and it certainly helped to see the problem from a more human perspective. However, when applied to more political or scientific sections it comes across as inappropriate. Such as his undermining of the American AIDS initiative because it's "...in Africa." "Half a planet away" and not in America.
I came out of the book with a newfound knowledge and respect for alcoholism, but irritated that I can't give it more than 3 stars due to Stevens writing style.
Where did I go wrong? How did you get that strong? Is there any hope for me? is there a step 13? God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change Matthew 11:28-30 when my heart is burdened. The courage to change the things I can. And Your wisdom to know the difference. Romans 8:26 and Every Silver Lining has a cloud for the one in between.
Now upon just a brief beginning of this book and understanding there are symptoms of sobriety that by being aware helps those in their struggle with alcohol I would think the promotion of this book would be in actually helping. As I told a psychiatrist in my city I could not fathom how being schooled in the area she is in and position she is in to not give vital information that is and would be beneficial for clients in recognizing symptoms of pstd is beyond me and I could further state that I had full knowledge they had that information because I personally gave it to them in 1987. Well at present I have come across material that also helps people begin to be aware and recognize symptoms of sobriety and this information AA will not inform their members because it is not their material. Now what does that tell you in regards to them not giving vital information to help their members. Well it may not tell you a lot but it sure does me about integrity or lack of.
Here's the link to the radio interview. I think that's the one you wanted, right? [...]