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Turnabout: New Help for the Woman Alcoholic Paperback – January 1, 1977

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 183 pages
  • Publisher: Barricade Books (January 1, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569801460
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569801468
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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She is offering a new way of recovery, based on 13 statements of Women for Sobriety that she developed to help her stay sober and now she is sending this message out to other women who want to stay sober and don't like to attend AA meetings. WFS is similar to AA but it is based on self-esteem statements that make a woman more competant in themselves. Definitly a new way of life to see things in a new light and move on with your life with out alcohol and drugs.
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I couldn't put "Turnabout" down. Dr. Kirpatrick shares the details of her struggle with alcohol, and how she overcame her addiction. It's written with honesty and truth - no soft-peddling what alcohol can do to a person who is alcohol-intolerant.

She also wrote "Good-bye Hangovers, Hello Life", which was another page-turner. This companion book to "Turnabout" is a little less personal, and more of a self-help book for women who are struggling.

Both books changed my life, and I am grateful to Dr. Kirkpatrick for writing them. Her books are easy to read and her concepts are easy to grasp. She understands the alcohol-related issues that are unique to women.
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Jean Kirkpatrick and Women for Sobriety saved my life and my self-esteem. No one should deny herself the strong and wonderful program that WFS and Jean Kirkpatrick provide. I am a huge fan, and have and will read this book over and over again.
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As a recovery coach and moderator of a Women for Sobriety Group in San Francisco for eight years, I decided to weigh in on what books have been the favorites of my clients and group members. Number one is Sober for Good (Fletcher), which is stories of how people got over. Number two is Turnabout, which some women find difficult because Kirkpatrick was a heavy duty vodka drinker (sure, get a couple of gallons, might be having a party). I've found that it helps to revisit the book after early sobriety to learn the profound lessons she had to teach. I also recommend her Goodbye Hangovers, Hello Life. She founded an amazing organization, and she is sorely missed.

Oh yes, and book number three of our favorites is Happy Hours (Jersild), beautifully written and full of information on the physiology and psychology of women as drinkers. Has interesting case studies and does not seem to have an agenda.

If you want to know the almost-won books, email me. . .
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This book is not good. That being said, if you want information on the Women for Sobriety program, then the last few pages will tell you about the program. If you want to read about a pitiful, self-centered, self-willed, narcissistic, delusional alcoholic woman, then the entire book will tell you about such a woman. If you want anything else, this book is not for you.

I bought the book beause I thought it was about a woman that had a drinking problem who turned her life around and wrote a book to tell others how she did it. It's sort of about that, but not really. Ninety percent of the book is about her life as a drunk, yet with all those pages devoted to her drinking, she skips getting too detailed about anything except a few drinking episodes. Alcoholics have a warped sense of perception and that's shown very clearly in this book. She's always, always lonely, yet she has friends at her beck and call. She's worried about money but she's financially well off. She thinks she can drink successfully but she's physically sick and an emotional and mental mess every time she drinks alcohol. It's just page after page of her insanity, yet she never reveals anything deep about herself. She keeps everything at a very superficial level. She talks about her co-dependent relationship with her friend, her work fears, and a very little about her love-hate relationship with her parents, but she never talks about her romantic relationships, her humiliating experiences of being drunk in public, or anything else that would be socially unacceptable other than the social unacceptability of being a drunk. You won't find any details of one night stands, fights, stripping, being loud and obnoxious, etc. here. Even when friends have to put her to bed, she won't go into her actions before that occurred.
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she spent way too much time describing how she messed up her life, not enough on how she turned it around.
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Useful in its raw honesty. A terrifying look at another woman's reality. Gave me courage to be really honest about my own history. It is a relatively short book, so worth reading, especially if interested in the WFS program, since Jean started it.
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By Mam on February 5, 2014
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A must read for any woman struggling with alcohol. The honesty of the author is poignant and refreshing. Her story resonated with me. When I started the book I had some thoughts about why alcohol was a problem for me. After I had read it I knew why. It was written in the pages of this book. Reading this book has had a profound impact on me.
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