- Paperback: 227 pages
- Publisher: Independence Press; 1st edition (August 10, 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 083090459X
- ISBN-13: 978-0830904594
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 117 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1. Get some exercise, eat well, get lots of sleep, don't eat a lot of sugar, don't drink a lot of caffeine, try to quit smoking. WHAT?! That's never talked about in AA, and every meeting has coffee and sugary foods! I know. Bring an apple and have a glass of water. Thankfully my group offers apples and oranges in addition to the other stuff.
2. relapse isn't drinking. It's your life becoming unmanageable. Drinking becomes something you consider because your life is falling apart. Stick around long enough and you will hear about someone considering drinking or suicide. That's relapse. When you relapse, you need professional help ASAP.
3. Don't engage in any addictive behavior. Don't run 10 miles a day if that cuts into work & family time. You've replaced drinking with running, but your wife is still mad because she never sees you.
At first, do whatever you need to keep sober. After that, try to do this stuff.
Staying Sober provides incredibly useful insights into alcohol addiction and useful tools for recognizing potential relapse triggers and symptoms.
Especially useful is Chapter IX - Family Involvement in the Relapse Syndrome. In most cases, codependents are adversely affected by the alcoholic and may not be aware of it. This chapter described my wife's condition exactly and demonstrated her need to seek counseling as well. It has helped her understand OUR conditions and we are progressing better together as a result.
This book would be VERY helpful to people who have relapsed. It would also benefit people who have not relapsed to read this to avoid ever having to go down that road. This book would ALSO benefit a non-alcoholic/ non-addict, as it clearly represents addiction overall. There is also a section on co-addicts, which are people who are directly affected by an addict - such as a spouse are child.
i HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!!!!
I also recommend this book to people who are not aware, that even though the substance has been physically removed from the body, there are long term physiological challenges that need to be accommodated. These people need to be patient with the person not being able to remember well, that the person will initially experience high anxiety, not being able to deal with a lot of stress.
I lost my alcoholic partner after 14 years - he passed away at 34. He was given this book in a long-term rehab. He felt very strongly about it and sent one to me. I share it whenever I see fit, and I've ordered this book for others.