- Paperback: 624 pages
- Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 1 edition (January 10, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1563050846
- ISBN-13: 978-1563050848
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 52 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #450,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Library Journal
Addressed primarily to recovering addicts and their families, this book relies heavily on the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) game plan for success. The question-and-answer format is conducive to a personalized approach and will appeal to the individual struggling to make progress on the road to recovery. Beginning with "First Step: Deciding to Quit," the book offers guidelines and encouragement and outlines the pitfalls and challenges that each addict must face and overcome. The detox process is graphically described, and the authors emphasize the hard work needed to maintain sobriety. The last part of the book is devoted to recommendations for rebuilding and restructuring one's life with the help of AA. For self-help collections.
- Carol R. Glatt, VA Medical Ctr. Lib., Philadelphia
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
—from the Foreword by Harry Haroutunian, M.D., Physician Director, Betty Ford Center
“The Recovery Book is the Bible of recovery. Everything you need to know you will find in here.”
—Neil Scott, host, Recovery Coast to Coast radio
“Every issue is addressed, always with hope and understanding, and often with direct suggestions promising relief...Nothing could be better."
—from the first edition Foreword by Stanley E. Gitlow, M.D., Clinical Professor of Medicine, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
“There are still untold numbers of people affected by the disease of alcoholism or drug addiction not knowing where to turn for help. The Recovery Book offers them one of the best lifesaving guides to a solution and a meaningful way of life.”
—William G. Borchert, author and screenwriter; screenwriter - My Name is Bill W.
“Recovery, emancipation from chemical slavery, is a joyful miracle that must be earned one person at a time on a long and challenging journey. This is a valuable guidebook for that journey.”
—Robert L. DuPont, MD, First Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse; President, Institute for Behavior and Health; Author of The Selfish Brain -- Learning from Addiction
“Dr. Mooney has updated the life-saving Recovery Book with the latest scientific findings, clinical experience, and a big dose of the unique wisdom hard-earned in recovery. My patients have been my teachers for decades; I have observed that long-term, stable recovery comes with making the deliberate choice to love, to work, to play. Patients need his guide to recovery that is both brilliant in its simplicity and easy to implement in order to save, build, and live their lives to the fullest. Mooney shows that knowing without doing is never enough.”
—Andrea G. Barthwell, MD, FASAM; Director, Two Dreams; Former Deputy Director for Demand Reduction, Office of National Drug Control Policy
“One of the top clinicians in the field of addictive disease, Dr. Al Mooney has a firm understanding that treatment of addiction begins the day the patient achieves sobriety. His Recovery Zone System provides a unique and useful approach that, if followed closely, will likely result in a longstanding recovery for his patients - and readers.”
—Stuart Gitlow, MD, MPH, MBA; Executive Director, Annenberg Physician Training Program in Addictive Disease; Associate Clinical Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; President & AMA Delegate, American Society of Addiction Medicine
“A clear, accurate, and comprehensive resource—for patients, their families, and helping professionals.”
—Anthony B. Radcliffe, M.D., former president, American Society of Addiction Medicine
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We in the healing professions who work with people who are plagued with these issues know that overlap between these addictions, disorders and mind sets are all too common. Plus, an individual may identify with one description and minimize or be oblivious to others that also undermine is or her life.
The recovering alcoholic may not recognize that his or her need for sugar is leading to sugar binges and perhaps purging. The person working on drug addiction recovery may consider alcohol a minor and inconsequential substance and doesn't recognize alcoholism as a real issue in his or her life.
A person recovering from an eating disorder may be delighted with the relief she or he gets from alcohol and doesn't understand that she is trading one disorder for another. I've spoken to many women who, in their first year of so called bulimia recovery, became ensnared in alcoholism. They didn't recognize the danger until it was all too obvious.
This book cuts through denial and compartmentalization. The authors use wisdom and knowledge earned through real experience with the recovery community to create a fabulous resource. The Recovery Book addresses almost every obstacle to achieving genuine health and freedom. It's done with kindness and respect as the authors frankly go to the essential issues facing anyone working toward recovery.
For example, when a person is ready to quit a recovery program because "It's not working" the authors say:
"Is this program really incompatible with your thinking? Or is it merely incompatible with your drugging and drinking [or binging and purging or starving or excess exercising]?
This one question alone can help thousands of people stay on their recovery path, regardless of the nature of their specific issue.
This is a big book (almost 600 pages), and it covers a big subject. It takes you through your first decision to get recovery and companions you through every stage. You can be in any state of doubt, emotional rage or grief, or frustration and find your issues discussed in a helpful way.
You can be frightened or bewildered by what's happening in your relationships, social life, love life, financial and work life and find good support here.
I especially like the practical and direct information, advice and suggestions regarding the recovering person's sexual life. Again, the issues covered are relevant to recovery from drug addiction, alcoholism and eating disorders.
There's plenty here to support family members who love someone who needs to be or is in recovery work.
If you are in recovery from any gripping disorder or are thinking about going into recovery, this is a book to keep at your bedside. You can find the pages that describe where you are right now and read the words of healing wisdom and practical advice that will support you in your decision making on your path to solid recovery.
Joanna Poppink, MFT
Los Angeles psychotherapist, speaker
author of Healing Your Hungry Heart: recovering from your eating disorder
Most recent customer reviews
Great book. None judgemental and very supportive. Recommend to all.