- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (November 5, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801886775
- ISBN-13: 978-0801886775
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,591,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Last Call: Alcoholism and Recovery 1st Edition
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"Interesting, easy to read, and providing realistic insights... A valuable resource to families and therapists. Highly recommended."(Choice)
"This book is a valuable guide to anyone who treats someone suffering from alcohol addiction and is not familiar with the depth of the role that AA plays in treatment."(Psychiatric Services)
"If you really wish to understand Alcoholics Anonymous and work with its members, read this book."(Brian D. Hore Alcohol & Alcoholism)
About the Author
Jack H. Hedblom, M.S.W., Ph.D., a psychotherapist with a private practice in Towson, Maryland, received his Ph.D. in sociology from the State University of New York and an M.S.W. from the University of Maryland. He has held faculty positions at major universities in the United States and has worked in the fields of criminology, social deviance, and social psychology. He has published in these areas and on methods of social research, coauthoring Methods for the Social Sciences: A Handbook for Students and Non-Specialists and contributing chapters to colleagues' publications in social policy and penology. Dr. Hedblom's interest in social psychology and alcoholism grew from his work with veterans at the Baltimore VA Hospital.
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The final chapter "The Road to a Life Well Lived: The Promises" is very well written. He writes "The Steps, in their inclusion in life, become more in 'Sum Total' than they are separately." "Each step is a part of a progression leading eventually to greater spiritual awareness." "It is...spirituality reflected in interaction with one's fellows based on honesty, kindness, and a sense of empathy. One has a sense of having made peace with one's self...." Further Mr. Jack Hedblom explores "The freedom that the Promises talk about... the freedom from the tyranny of alcohol and its attendant compulsions and miseries. It is happiness derived from a sense of self-worth...."
The author's departing words of wisdom: "As the Big Book says: We have ceased fighting anything or anyone -- even alcohol. And, finally, We have entered the world of the Spirit. Our next function is to grow in understanding and effectiveness."
As an alcoholic who became sober 26 years ago, I have found that the 12 step program has brought me to a greater awareness of the Spirit within and without and reflected in all of life that I have and will encounter. The Last Call...Alcoholism and Recovery reflects well the steps I took toward that healing of mind, body and Spirit ...and that I continue to do so, "One Day at a Time."
With a therapist's insight and empathic world view, Dr. Hedblom deftly weaves their stories with colorful figures of speech, humor, and the grit of real life. Anyone who drinks or worries about someone who drinks would gain a better understanding of alcoholism, alcoholics, and how they may be helped through AA through reading "Last Call".
I found the stories compelling, instructive, and very human - alternately eloquent, sad, funny, and touching. Dr. Hedblom is a gifted story teller, and I look forward to enjoying his next book.