Synopses & Reviews
Announcing a completely revised and updated second edition of The Recovery Book, the bible of addiction recovery. Written for the 23 million Americans struggling with alcohol and drugs, it is "a clear, accurate, and comprehensive resource--for patients, their families, and helping professionals" (Anthony B. Radcliffe, M.D., former president, American Society of Addiction Medicine).
Dr. Al Mooney, who lectures internationally on recovery, writing with medical and health journalists Howard Eisenberg and Catherine Dold, covers all the latest in addiction science and recovery techniques. Extensive research in neuroplasticity, for example, sheds new light on how alcohol and drugs actually alter pathways in the brain--but also how this same process, when trained in recovery, can remold the brain, making sobriety a routine way of life. A new understanding of gender and addiction leads to revised insights, techniques, and new hope for treating women in recovery. The book also covers the latest problems and treatments for prescription drugs (now more pernicious than illegal drugs); up-to-date models for intervention; and more.
But what really sets the book apart is its question-and-answer format--"My wife wants me to go to AA, and I think that's ridiculous. How can I settle this argument?" "I take a few oxycodone pills each week. They're prescription, so they must be safe, right?" "I've been in this treatment center for nearly a week. I feel great. I'm cured. Why can't I leave now?" That simple, direct approach makes the daunting journey to sobriety doable.
A life-saving guide that answers all the questions and concerns of recovering alcoholics and addicts. With special setions on: family relationships, AA and other support groups, sexuality, non-drug medical treatments, work and money issues. Plus, a special section for teens. (Workman Publishing)
A unique collaboration between Dr. Al Mooney, head of the Willingway Hospital, Arlene Eisenberg, coauthor of the What to Expect books, and medical journalist Howard Eisenberg, The Recovery Book
is the first book to explain exactly what a recovering addict and his or her family will face during every stage of living clean and sober.
The authors provide a wealth of information on in- and out-patient services, support groups, family relationships, temptations, and worries. Hundreds of questions and answers address every particular of what a person in recovery can expect, from mental and physical health concerns to why a former cocaine addict should not use Windex.
What withdrawal is like. When the euphoria of not drinking wanes. Feeling uncomfortable at AA. Regaining trust. Sleep problems. What to tell co-workers. Twenty ways to dump depression and anxiety. Making and using leisure time. Learning what normal is. From detox to the three phases of recovery--Saving Your Life, Enriching Your Life, Prolonging Your Life--The Recovery Book leads addicts through recovery's highs, lows, pitfalls, and challenges. Includes sections on AA and other support groups, exercise, health, the Clean and Sober Recovery Diet, and quitting smoking. First prize winner of the 1993 Markie Award, sponsored by the National Foundation for Alcoholism and Addiction Communication (NFAAC). Over 209,000 copies in print.
-_Every issue is addressed, always with hope and understanding, and often with direct suggestions promising relief. . . . Nothing could be better.-" (From the foreword by Stanley E. Gitlow, M.D., Clinical Professor of Medicine, Mt. Sinai School of Medicin
About the Author
Arlene Eisenberg worked on all three editions of What to Expect When You're Expecting and remained active in the What To Expect Foundation until her death in February 2001. She was also co-author, with Heidi Murkoff, of the "What to Expect" magazine columns.A writer for all reasons, author Howard Eisenberg has been a Broadway and Hollywood publicist (singer Eddie Fisher, Howdy Doody), an adverstising copywriter (Grossinger's), a radio and TV scriptwriter (Coke Time, Name That Tune, and Night Line with Walter O'Keefe), co-author with wife Arlene of hundreds of national magazine articles (in Cosmopolitan, Sports Illustrated, Look, Saturday Evening Post, McCall's, Parade, Reader's Digest), a poet (his light-verse life-cycle anthology entitled, From the Cradle to the Gray currently being adapted as a musical revue), writer of book and lyrics for a musical comedy (Fame and Misfortune) and co-author of How to Be Your Own Doctor (Sometimes)--more than 200,000 copies sold in Grosset & Dunlap hardcover and Today Press trade paper; several bookclubs; chapters excerpted in three magazines; How to Be Your Own Laywer (Sometimes)--sales of 75,000 in Putnam hardcover and Perigee trade paperback, a couple of bookclubs, and an excerpt in Ladies Home Journal; Night Calls : The Personal Journey of an Ob/Gyn--published by Arbor House and as a lead non-fiction Berkley Book; one chapter excerpted in The New York Times Magazine and two in The Star.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Stanley E. Gitlow
Introduction: Reaching for Life Preservers
CHAPTER 1: RECOVERY ROAD MAP
PART I GETTING SOBER: IF YOU-YRE NOT SOBER YET, START HERE
CHAPTER 2: THE FIRST STEP: DECIDING TO QUIT
CHAPTER 3: ROADS TO CLEAN AND SOBER
CHAPTER 4: A CLOSE LOOK AT INPATIENT TREATMENT
CHAPTER 5: GOING THROUGH DETOX
PART II PHASE ONE: SAVING YOUR LIFE
CHAPTER 6: GETTING TO KNOW ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
CHAPTER 7: AA: THE FACTS AND YOUR FEELINGS
CHAPTER 8: MAINTAINING SOBRIETY IN PHASE ONE
CHAPTER 9: THWARTING TEMPTATION
CHAPTER 10: YOUR RELATIONSHIPS AND SOCIAL LIFE
CHAPTER 11: YOUR LOVE LIFE IN RECOVERY
CHAPTER 12: WORK AND MONEY ISSUES IN PHASE ONE
CHAPTER 13: TAKING CARE OF YOUR BODY IN PHASE ONE
CHAPTER 14: LIFESTYLE AND HEALTH IN PHASE ONE
CHAPTER 15: MIND, EMOTIONS, AND SPIRIT IN PHASE ONE
CHAPTER 16: FOR TEENS ONLY
PART III MOVING INTO PHASE THREE: REPAIRING AND ENJOYING YOUR LIFE
CHAPTER 17: MAINTAINING SOBRIETY IN PAHSE TWO
CHAPTER 18: YOUR SUPPORT GROUP IN PHASE TWO
CHAPTER 19: YOUR RELATIONSHIPS IN PHASE TWO
CHAPTER 20: YOUR WORK AND FINANCES IN PHASE TWO
CHAPTER 21: MIND, BODY, AND SPIRIT IN PHASE TWO
PART IV ON TO PHASE THREE: PROLONGING YOUR LIFE
CHAPTER 22: RECOVERY ISSUES IN PHASE THREE
CHAPTER 23: EATING YOUR WAY TO A LONG-LASTING RECOVERY
CHAPTER 24: TOBACCO: WHEN LIFE GOES UP IN SMOKE
CHAPTER 25: EXERCISE IN RECOVERY
PART V CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY: A FAMILY DISEASE-XWHAT EVERY FAMILY MEMBER SHOULD KNOW
CHAPTER 26: THE CHEMICAL CHILD
CHAPTER 27: LIVING WITH SOMEONE IN RECOVERY: YOUR ROLE
CHAPTER 28: LIVING WITH SOMEONE IN RECOVERY: YOUR CONCERNS
PART VI THE REST OF YOUR LIFE IN RECOVERY: MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR CHEMICAL-FREE LIFE
CHAPTER 29: RELAPSE ALERT
CHAPTER 30: THE CHALLENGES
PART VII FOR YOUR INFORMATION
RESOURCES: WHERE TO GET HELP
A GLOSSARY OF RECOVERY TERMINOLOGY
A Note to Physicians
A Note to Employers