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This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol: Find Freedom, Rediscover Happiness & Change Your Life Paperback – October 14, 2015
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I was on a quest to improve my relationship with alcohol, be able to moderate, slow down, and make better choices; my ultimate goal was simply to feel in control around alcohol. This book changed my relationship with alcohol without any feelings of deprivation or suffering, nor the need for willpower or stressful exercises in self-control. I had previously read Allen Carr’s Easy Way to Stop Drinking and some of the information stuck with me, but the language was a bit dated and the motivation to keep improving my relationship with alcohol was short lived.
After finishing This Naked Mind, it felt as if any temptation to drink and the struggle to control cravings were wiped clean from my brain. For the first time in a decade I feel in control and empowered to effortlessly make informed conscious decisions about drinking, where before I consistently gave in to physical and psychological cravings to drink even when I didn’t actually want to give in. That’s the battle most of us face when we become regular drinkers, and This Naked Mind will help you win that battle. I am able to do everything I did as a drinker, including hanging out in bars with friends, without any of the anxiety that I used to experience struggling to moderate or resist temptation. Life is just more enjoyable now.
Annie Grace offers a lot of personal accounts in her book which I found helpful and relatable. Some of the information is repetitive but that is intentional and most of all it is important, because repetition is needed to undo the deep conditioning from society where drinking culture dominates!
You don’t have to label yourself an alcoholic or addict to benefit from this book. No matter how much or how little you drink, if you are seeking to improve your relationship with alcohol, This Naked Mind is the answer. I would even recommend this book to those who feel they have a healthy relationship with alcohol, because the information contained in this book is invaluable and we are all better off for knowing it!
The core idea here is that to quit drinking, you must reprogram your unconscious to no longer desire alcohol. All problem drinkers hold some untruths deep inside which are difficult to get rid of and which spur our "need" to drink. By systematically addressing those thoughts we can help reduce our desire. Willpower alone cannot create meaningful sobriety because if you are using willpower that means 1. You will eventually fail, willpower is limited. And 2. You are denying yourself of something you want. To really succeed at sobriety you have to no longer WANT to drink. The book helps look at all the reasons a person might believe alcohol benefits them and dismantles them.
I personally enjoyed Alan Carr's "Easy Way" more, but it's a preference of style more than content. The ideas here are super important and having more than one avenue to learn them is nothing but a good thing. If you are struggling, this very well may help you, and the very act of trying to help yourself is also positively reinforcing. Good luck!
This book helped me realize that I can and did stop drinking. I just needed a little help.
I have a ready shared this book with some of my friends and clients that I think would be open to the truth about alcohol.