Gary L’s inspirational account describes the disease of alcoholism through the lens of personal experience and Alcoholics Anonymous in "Hope for Alcohol, Addicts and Inmates.” It’s a story of addiction, surrender, personal responsibility and spiritual insight that could only be learned when Gary hit rock bottom and came to the "end of himself."
Today he compares those initial days and weeks of recovery to walking through a confusing, complicated maze still in the grips of alcoholism and stinkin' thinkin. ' Now he attributes his "one-day-at-a-time" recovery to the help of God, his wife Patsy and Alcoholics Anonymous.
Yet it's more than Gary's story, it's also how God used Gary's sobriety and recovery experiences in the life of Matt, a prison inmate who wanted to "change his life."
While Alcoholics Anonymous discourages alcoholics from giving advice they are encouraged to share their "experience, strength and hope with another alcoholic." A mentor sponsor support relationship AA founder Bill Wilson found very important to sobriety.
When a friend Gary wrote to in prison asked him to share his story with a fellow inmate Gary saw it as a mentoring opportunity and agreed. Those letters, now in this book, share Gary's "spiritually awakening message" about sobriety, recovery and the 12-step program, the heart and backbone of Alcoholics Anonymous.
His letters to Matt include reassuring daily entries, inspirational quotes and scripture verses with space to capture thoughts and feelings in a "thirty-day spiritual journal." Completed journal entries reveal recovery from alcoholism happens mentally, physically and spiritually.
Gary's sobriety began March 2, 1971 and continues today. He remembers who he once was, yet focuses on "who he's becoming," even though he has many years of sobriety behind him. He believes the process of "becoming" won't end until he meets his Creator. An approach he teaches others in his roles as "Christian minister and spiritual counselor."
Gary’s realistic account takes readers through the rocky waters of recovery as Gary learned to live one day at a time with the help of God, his wife and AA. A critical aspect of recovery taught by my professor, mentor and dear friend Father Royce in my undergraduate and graduate work in psychology and the addictions at Seattle University.
Trained in the Jesuit traditions, Father Royce is considered the father of alcohol studies. He "taught... the nation's first standard college course on alcoholism in 1950 that became the Seattle University addiction studies program in 1973... the first in the nation."
Gary’s breadth of personal and professional experience makes this book an excellent choice for anyone struggling with addiction in themselves or a loved one. For more information contact Gary: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his website: Hope.
'Hope for Alcoholics, Addicts and Inmates' by Gary L., Inspiring Voices, 304 Pages, 978-1462404575, $19.99
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'Hope for Alcoholics, Addicts and Inmates' by Gary L
When author Gary L. began his recovery journey from alcoholism at age thirty-one, he was emotionally, mentally, and spiritually bankrupt and had been contemplating suicide for about a year. He had everything to live for but was unable to see it. Hopelessness and despair were dark clouds over his life. Early one morning, while in a drunken stupor, he cried out to the God he'd turned his back on at age ten.
Gary said later, "Early in recovery I discovered that God had never turned his back on me" In Hope for Alcoholics, Addicts, Inmates (and Those Who Love Them), Gary, through a series of letters to a prison inmate, shares his story of recovery and a renewed relationship with God.
Gary's daily letters to Matt describe the journey out of the darkness into a life he never thought possible. The writings interpret, translate, and synthesize the pain, disillusion, anger, and rebellion of his own early life into a present-tense testimony of praise, glory, and gratitude to God. Hope for Alcoholics, Addicts, Inmates (and Those Who Love Them) discusses Gary's experience with the "Twelve Steps of AA" and how they have influenced his life. Accented with scriptural passages, Gary's letters share discoveries he made about himself, God, and life.
Being Sober: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting To, Getting Through, and Living in Recovery, by Harry Haroutunia and Steven Tyler
**As Featured on The Dr. Oz Show in Special Addiction Episode with Steven Tyler**
The disease of addiction affects 1 out of 10 people in the United States, and is a devastating—often, fatal—illness. Now, from the physician director of the renowned Betty Ford Center, comes a step-by-step plan with a realistic “one-day-at-a-time” approach to a disease that so often seems insurmountable.
With a focus on reclaiming the power that comes from a life free of dependency, Being Sober walks readers through the many phases of addiction and recovery without judgment or the overly "cultish" language of traditional 12-step plans.
It also addresses the latest face of this disease: the "highly functioning" addict, or someone who is still able to achieve personal and professional success even as they battle a drug or alcohol problem. Dr. Haroutunian tackles this provocative issue head-on, offering new insight into why you don’t have to “bottom out” to get help. Dr. Haroutunian is himself a recovering alcoholic who knows firsthand the challenges of sobriety. His background and expertise in the field of alcohol and drug treatment give him a powerful edge and perspective that is unparalleled in his field.
Using clear, straightforward language, Being Sober offers a proven path toward an emotional sobriety and a rewarding new life based on gratitude, dignity, and self-respect.
Including a Foreword written by Steven Tyler.
Loving Someone in Recovery: The Answers You Need When Your Partner Is Recovering from Addiction (The New Harbinger Loving Someone Series), by Beverly Berg MFT PhD & Stan Tatkin PsyD MFT
Recovering addicts are faced with many challenges, and these challenges can often extend to their romantic partners. During the recovery period, couples often struggle with overcoming feelings of betrayal and frustration, and may have a hard time rebuilding trust and closeness. While there are many resources available to recovering addicts, there are limited resources for the people who love them.
In Loving Someone in Recovery, therapist Beverly Berg offers powerful tools for the partners of recovering addicts. Based in mindfulness, attachment theory, and neurobiology, this book will help readers sustain emotional stability in their relationships, increase effective communication, establish boundaries, and take real steps toward reigniting intimacy.
The material in this book is drawn from the author’s successful Conscious Couples Recovery Workshop. With more than 25 years in the field, she has developed a unique set of exercises that address the issues faced by couples in recovery. This book addresses the roles that both partners play in recovery, and aims to help readers develop a new appreciation for one another and improve self-confidence and acceptance.
The road to recovery is never an easy one, but by building a strong support system, the chances of success are exponentially greater.
Addict In The Family: Stories of Loss, Hope, and Recovery, by Beverly Conyers
Witnessing the addiction of a family member or loved one is a heart-rending experience. But hope can prevail, as shown in this compelling new book. Here, the gripping stories of fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters of addicts offer important lessons on loving, detachment, intervention, and self care.
Understanding the High-Functioning Alcoholic: Breaking the Cycle and Finding Hope, by Sarah Allen Benton
When people think of the 'typical' alcoholic, images of the 'fallen-down' drunk come to mind. Most do not think of professional men and women with successful careers, vibrant families, and active social lives. However, high-functioning alcoholics exist in great numbers, are unseen, and suffer no less than their struggling, failing counterparts. They include corporate presidents, politicians, teachers, tradesmen, law enforcement officials, lawyers, physicians, and even stay at home parents, who are by most accounts successful.
Even as they have created lives most people would envy, the realities of alcoholism eventually strike, and recovery is just as arduous for high-functioning alcoholics as it is for lower functioning alcoholics.
Benton reveals the extent of the problem, the challenges in recognizing it, the warning signs, and the methods for addressing it. Through research and interviews with both addiction experts and sober high-functioning alcoholics, she illustrates how, when, and why they become addicted, as well as the reasons their alcoholism is so hard to admit, detect, cope with, and overcome. Weaving her own story of alcoholism and recovery into the text in the form of past journal entries and reflective pieces, Benton takes us first hand into the lives of high-functioning alcoholics.
Alcoholics Anonymous: The Big Book, 4th Edition
The fourth edition includes twenty-four new stories that provide contemporary sharing for newcomers seeking recovery from alcoholism in A.A. during the early years of the 21st century. Sixteen stories are retained from the third edition, including the "Pioneers of A.A." section, which helps the reader remain linked to A.A.'s historic roots, and shows how early members applied this simple but profound program that helps alcoholics get sober today.
Approximately 21 million copies of the first three editions of "Alcoholics Anonymous" have been distributed. It is expected that the new fourth edition will play its part in passing on A.A.'s basic message of recovery.
This fourth edition has been approved by the General Service Conference of Alcoholics Anonymous, in the hope that many more may be led toward recovery by reading its explanation of the A.A. program and its varied examples of personal experiences which demonstrate that the A.A. program works.
A Woman's Guide to Recovery, by Brenda Iliff, Director of the Hazelden Women's Recovery Center
How Free Do You Want to Be?
Recovery Transforms Lives
If you are a woman who has found the courage to start down the road of recovery, know that you are never alone. Others have walked before you and have experienced recovery's promises of radical change. This book, written by the director of the Hazelden Women's Recovery Center, explains how you, too, can live a life "beyond your wildest dreams." Its pages are filled with expert advice, caring support, and personal stories of women who have found their way out of the mess of addiction.
Here you'll read about
• the basics of addiction, the principles of the Twelve Step program, and how to get started in recovery
• how addiction and recovery are different for women
• what "self-care" means—physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually
• recognizing and working with feelings in a mature way
• how recovery affects relationships, including those with your children
• how the promises of recovery can transform your life, inside and out
Glimpse the freedom that accompanies recovery. Learn how other women with similar struggles have built new, meaningful lives without alcohol or other mood-altering drugs. Most important, grab the lifeline of hope offered in this book, the knowledge that recovery is possible.
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, by Alcoholics Anonymous
Originally published in 1952, is used by A.A. members and groups around the world. It lays out the principles by which A.A. members recover and by which the fellowship functions. The basic text clarifies the Steps which constitute the A.A. way of life and the Traditions, by which A.A. maintains its unity.
Living Sober, by Anonymous
Living Sober is an extremely informative book which does not offer a plan for getting sober but does offer us sound advice about how to stay sober. Basic, essential information from Alcoholics Anonymous. As the book states, "Anyone can get sober. . .the trick is to live sober."
Daily Reflections: A Book of Reflections by A.A. Members for A.A. Members
This is a easy to read daily reference book. Planned to get you off on the right road of life for the day penned by A.A. members for A.A. members.