Cool, Hip & Sober: 88 Ways to Beat Booze and Drugs

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Tom Doherty Associates, Oct 1, 2004 - Self-Help - 288 pages

In a refreshingly clear-headed and informed approach to addiction, noted writer and radio host Bill Manville sums up what he's learned in more than forty years of research . . . twenty as a demon-driven drunk and twenty in recovery.

From his popular show "Addictions and Answers," broadcast from KVML in Sonora, California, Manville has compiled a list of 88 questions and answers from, as he says, "a ton of plain and fancy drunks and dopers and their friends and families." As well, he offers valuable advice and information from his guests: noted psychiatrists, psychologists, rehab counselors, MDs, academics, and more.

Here, in first-person detail, are responses to the issues faced by alcoholics, addicts, and their loved ones, such as:

· How to intervene with a substance-abusing friend
· How alcoholics can protect themselves from relapses
· Evaluating therapies, both individual and group
· How alcohol affects sex
· Definitions of "social drinker," "heavy drinker," and alcoholic
· The many faces of denial
· Is alcoholism inherited?
· How to choose the right rehab
· Is there an addictive personality?
· What role does spirituality play in recovery?

A brave and transformational look at the treatment of chemical dependency, Cool, Hip, and Sober is a captivating, insightful and essential handbook for overcoming denial and achieving a peaceful, long-term recovery.



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Contents

An Introduction to RecoveryDave Moore Ph
Everything You Wanted to Know About
7 Hitting Bottom Booze andor Dope
8 What Was Marilyn Monroes Secret Sorrow?
9 The Two Faces of Robert Downey
10 Maintenance Drinking
11 Im Not An Alcoholic Merely a Heavy Drinker
12 Define A Social Drinker
60 Is There an Addictive Personality?
61 Am I an Enabler?
62 Can the New Drugs Help?
63 ThreeTime Loser
64 My Brothers Wife ls Drinking
65 How Can One Cold Beer on a Hot Day Hurt?
66 How Can One Cold Beer on a Hot Day Hurt? Part
67 Too Gay for

13 In Vino Veritas?
14 Am I an AlcoholicAddict? Revisited 15 Why Cant I Hold lt Anymore?
16 Drinking Makes Me Feel Normal
17 Mixing Pills and Booze
18 Am I an AlcoholicAddict? Part IllDenial Wears a Thousand Faces
20 Youd Drink Too If You Had Money Troubles Like Mine
21 Oh My God My Kids Smoking Pot 22 Bill My Mothers Turning into a Lush
23 Am I an AlcoholicAddict? Last Time
24 I Didnt Have a Chance Its in My Genesls Alcoholism Inherited?
25 My Doctor Is No Help
Addiction in the Saddle How Do I Stop? 26 Rehab vs Cold Turkey?
27 You Got Any Proof Rehabs Work?
28 I Never Got Laid Sober in My Life
29 Bill You Never Said What Rehabs Cost
30 How Do I Choose the Right Rehab?
31 Sponsor? Who Needs a Shoulder to Cry On?
Happy with Your Own
Breaking Anonymity
59 My Father Cant Sleep Without a Drink
68 You Against Womens AA Groups T00?
69 Are We Ever Cured?
70 Does Antabuse Work?
Twelfth Step Call
73 Drinking and Insomnia
A New Identity
75 Prozac and Alcoholic Relapse
76 My Last Drink
77 Rewin Her Trust?
78 AA Is Boring
79 My SoninLaw Is Boring When Sober 80 Drink Like a Gent Again?
81 God in a Bottle?
82 Help The Bosss Wife Put Sherry in the Black Bean Soup
83 Problems of SelfEsteem Who Should a Recovering Drunk
Marry?
84 Problems of SelfEsteem Part llDrinking at Shame
85 Problems of SelfEsteem Part llllsnt AlAnon for Losers?
86 Just Because Im Married to an Addict Does That Make Me
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After Sarah Lawrence College, Bill Manville attended the Universite de la Mediteraneen, "majoring in roulette and oranges." His career includes columnist for the Village Voice and the Key West Solares Hill, Contributing Editor for Cosmo and Madison Ave Vice President. "Got my first library card at six," he says, "and by seven no longer wanted to be a fireman but a writer. Most recently I've been hosting a radio talk show, Addictions & Answers, but primarily think of myself as a writer still."

His last novel, Goodbye, was a BOM selection. Sober now for over twenty years, and living in California, he says his hobbies are "maligning my friends and working on a new novel - or are they the same thing?"

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