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"A wonderfully effective guide that every addict should read as they take their first steps into sobriety and recovery. I am hugely impressed by this book."
- Wynford Ellis Owen, CEO of the Welsh Council on Alcohol & Drugs

"Beautifully written. A moving and insightful book that will help a lot of addicts understand how to start recovering successfully."
- Dr Robert LeFever, founder of Promis, the first UK rehab centre, and author of 26 books on addiction and depressive disorders.

"A brilliant mix of inspiration and information. If you're an addict and don't know where to start with sobriety, read this book."
- Michaela Jones, Community Director at Wired In To Recovery

"The Recovery Formula succeeds because it provides people in need of help with a solid, proven framework in an easy-to-understand way.
A wonderfully refreshing book."
- David Clark, Professor Emeritus of Psychology

"Beth talks about the essential elements underlying recovery in a beautiful and simple style. The advice has the potential to be easy for people who want to recover from a substance abuse problem. An excellent book indeed."
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About the Author

Beth Burgess is a fully-trained coach and qualified NLP Practitioner, as well as an alcoholic in recovery.

Specialising in Addiction Recovery, Beth has also been sought out to help people overcoming serious illnesses, mental health problems, redundancy, divorce, bereavement and eating disorders, among other issues.

As someone who has herself recovered from alcoholism, social anxiety disorder, bulimia, self-harm and Borderline Personality Disorder, Beth has an empathy and insight that allows her to reach people in the darkest of places.

Beth has written articles for The Royal Society of the Arts, The Big Issue and various other publications. She writes her own 'Mind Mentor' blog as well as posting on Wired In, Ecademy and various guest blogs.

Beth's areas of expertise include Alcoholism, Addiction & Recovery, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Recovery Coaching, Stress Management and Overcoming Obstacles.

Beth has a unique way with words that touches, inspires and educates. She regularly shares her thoughts on social topics, such as addiction, alcohol, criminal justice and mental health as well as what it takes to live a healthy, happy life.

Beth lives in North London and runs her own business, as a Life & Recovery Coach at Smyls. Visit Beth at smyls.co.uk or bethburgess.co.uk
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Eightball Publishing (August 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957321708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957321700
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,008,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I enjoyed the content of Beth's book: I think she did a good job telling her story and I'm very happy that she managed to find a way out of the mess of addiction that plagues so many of us. I especially liked that she only gave one nod to AA; there is plenty of AA literature available and it's refreshing to hear a "formula" for recovery that doesn't demand one attend AA.

The book does spend perhaps a bit too much time in exposition, asking the reader to "Get Honest" and consider whether they are really an alcoholic/addict. Unfortunately I find this is not very useful because I expect most people who are willing to buy this book have answered that question and are beyond doubt. It is perhaps a necessary beginning when outlining the abstract steps needed to overcome addiction.

My biggest gripe is that the book is pretty short for the price. While I don't think one can put a price on wisdom that leads towards recovery, I do feel that there are other books that have more content and a greater cost/benefit impact potential, such as Stanton Peele's "Recover!", which I'm still working through, or Tara Brach's "Radical Acceptance", which addresses addiction indirectly by teaching greater self-awareness and compassion. I don't have the page count for "The Recovery Formula", but I finished it the night I bought it, wondered "is that it?", and went back to another of my books.

Beth briefly mentions another one of her books in "The Recovery Formula", and I can't help but feel like it would have been better to compile her efforts into a single volume. I prefer that she keep her ideas concise and to the point, but these ideas are so interconnected that it feels like they could be tied together with just a little more effort.
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I loved this little book. It is a concise how-to for recovery. Beth Burgess really woke me up to the fact that my urges were to self-soothe and the way I was doing that was with substances. Now-- I've learned how to self soothe in other more productive and healing ways. I highly recommend this book!
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I was clean once before, free from drugs and alcohol. I managed to maintain this state for about three months before the death of my best friend completely totaled my resolve. I managed another two months again this year before I caved in completely after losing my job. I was surprised how much I was able to enjoy bits of sobriety, even though it was tough in certain situations. But it always seemed that life handed me a big fat lemon whenever I was trying my hardest. After reading this book, I realise that no matter what happens in my life, I need to do it sober. The writer hit home some points I had never really thought of before. After getting over the fact the writer is English, not American, which did take a little getting used to, I rate this book 5/5. there are some real gems of wisdom in here. I will be returning to the lessons again and again.
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I have been trying to stop drinking for what seems like forever. I finally managed to get the monkey off my back for a few weeks or months at a time - and then I found myself falling into all the old traps again. Only I didn't know they were traps - I thought that was just how it was when you tried to stop drinking. A few steps forward, and then back again, several more. I thought it had to be that way - and was pretty much losing hope. Until I read this book.

Finally, I don't feel alone in this addiction. Finally I understand the lies I have been telling myself. And finally I see the way forward. Thank you so much for writing this book! I know it will still be an effort, but now I have a trusty guide that I can identify with, to hold my hand and keep me from stumbling any more. I have some answers and some solid advice. My eyes have been truly opened. Yours in hope.
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