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Why You Drink and How to Stop: A Journey to Freedom Paperback – December 6, 2013
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"For the first time, all the relevant information and help for the struggling alcoholic or addict is in one place. Too often all this valuable help and guidance is scattered about in many places. This book brings it all together and forms a perfect handbook. It also provides guidance for the 'forgotten' people in this matter - the family and friends. This book should be compulsory for every doctor's surgery. It is direct, to-the-point, and easy to read and access. Focus12 will be using it to back up much of its work".
"Why You drink and How to Stop is a must-read, user-friendly, thorough, and practical book that will help alcoholics, their families and friends, as well as any therapist working with alcoholics, to understand the alcoholic personality. It also provides practical steps to recovery; steps that anyone can follow.
Read this book if you're an alcoholic or addict and don't know how to get sober and clean, or you know someone who is still suffering. This is an inspiring read, and I highly recommend it".
Alex McKinlay, Addictions Therapist at The Living Room
"Facing up to a life without alcohol can be a very frightening prospect. As a recovered alcoholic and drug addict, Veronica Valli has personal experience of what it takes to recover. In this friendly and life-changing book Veronica will guide you step by step through a practical approach to stopping".
Rosalind Bubb, Dip Clin Hyp MNLP Coach, EFT, TAT Professional
About the Author
Veronica has worked as a therapist and life coach specialising in addiction for over ten years; her experience includes working with young people in the criminal justice system, primary care adult treatment, outreach services and private practice. Veronica has also worked in local government, delivering local drug and alcohol strategies. As a recovered alcoholic and drug addict, she has personal experience of what it takes to recover from an addiction. Veronica struggled with alcoholism through most of her twenties. As a binge drinker, she was aware for some time that something was wrong but was unable to define what it was; a chance meeting led to her finally getting help and turning her life around. At the height of her addiction, Veronica was unable to go to work without the aid of a drink; her life and confidence were in tatters. She got sober in 2000 at the age of twenty-seven. She now uses this experience to help and inspire others. She fully believes that all alcoholics and addicts can recover if they have access to the right kind of help, and that they can then go on to live life to the full. She is committed to educating and informing the public on problem drinking and addiction and has appeared regularly on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire as a specialist guest. She has also appeared on the Lorraine Kelly show on ITV, and an ITV programme entitled The Truth About Binge Drinking; she has also appeared in national magazines and publications, discussing recovery from alcoholism.
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Top Customer Reviews
The great thing about this book is that it not only gives the appropriate background for the "whys", but also gives hope in what should be done. The solution to all of this is then laid out in the book. Stopping drinking is only the beginning. There is a particularly useful chapter on relationships that would be useful for most people, not just alcoholics. Throughout the book are case studies of people who have overcome alcoholism; each story reveals a different aspect of alcoholism, which helps illustrate a lot of the points the author was making. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand alcoholism, it is easy to read and very empowering. But most of all, it allows someone who might know nothing about alcoholism to connect with this very serious illness and helps the reader find solutions and ways to move forward.
Of course, I don't consider myself an alcoholic (who does?), but I know I need to do something. I do not want to hit rock bottom before I decide to make a change. I enjoyed Veronica's writing style and her personal accounts and the stories of others. It really help me see that I am not alone, but I am afraid. I would recommend this book to anyone who is an alcoholic, in a relationship with an alcoholic or to anyone who wants to Why We/You Drink and How to Stop.
I have read a few other books, including AA big book, looked around for information online to help me but this book really was the beginning of my sobriety. Veronica shares anecdotes which others can relate to (male and female perspectives). She recognises that being an alcoholic or a problem binge drinker (as how I was) which is basically another form of alcoholic behaviour doesn't mean you're an old man drinking out of a paper bag and she talks straight up about real world problems.
If you think you need help or perhaps one of your friends is numbing themselves constantly with alcohol please read this book.
It really did change my life.
I really liked that she explained how alcoholics think and feel. It helps me to understand that there is more to recovery than stopping drinking. And sure I know that, and that the disease takes place in the mind, but to be honest in some very real ways I really didn't. She goes into the importance of how an alcoholic grapples with the fear, negativity, pride and the baggage from the past.
I thought the two chapters on relationships were particularly good and rang true for me (ironically) because the information really applies to anyone. I came away understanding better how codependency works and seeing how to step out of it.
It was fascinating how she explains that alcoholism is a disease of the spirit and the solution lies in developing ones own spirituality. The book contains some really simple ways to understand what she means by spirituality and how to develop this for yourself in a way that is true for you. I read this for my partner but came away realizing I'd read it for me. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is in recovery or knows someone who is in recovery. She knows her stuff.