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

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In a refreshingly clear-headed and informed approach to addiction, Bill Manville, noted writer and radio host of the popular talk show "Addictions and Answers," has compiled a list of 88 questions and answers from, "a ton of plain and fancy drunks and dopers" and their family and friends. Cool, Hip, and Sober 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 can I stop for good today?
* How can I tell if someone I love will relapse?
* Alcholism . . . addiction . . . and sex
* Do interventions really work? And how do I set up one?
* How do I find the best rehab for me?
* The many faces of denial
* Is alcoholism inherited?
* And much, much more . . .

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

 

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Contents

Contents
19
20 Youd Drink Too If You Had Money Troubles
20
Who Doesnt Drink
28
Dollars Cents
36
When l Think of the Awful Men l Woke Up With Still Drunk Ugh
39
Everything You Wanted to Know About Addiction but Were Afraid Wouldnt Work for You Are You Addicted? Getting Past Denial
41
Am 1 an AlcoholicAddict? lm Not a Joiner So Dont Talk to Me About AA
42
Hitting Bottom Booze andor Dope
45
43 Dry Drunks and Stinking Thinking
156
Happy Joyous and Free? Recovery After Addiction and How to Stay That Way
161
45 Blackouts and Oblivion Drinking
166
46 Calling lt a Disease ls Just Politically Correct Liberal Crap Right?
168
47 One Minute Were Fine the Next at Each Others Throat
170
48 Disease or Character Defect?
174
49 Her Sponsor Says Okay Mine Says No
175
50 A Wifes Denial
177

What Was Marilyn Monroes Secret Sorrow?
47
The Two Faces of Robert Downey Jr
52
Maintenance Drinking
54
lm Not An Alcoholic Merely a Heavy Drinker
57
Define A Social Drinker
58
ln Vino Veritas?
59
Am l an AlcoholicAddict? Revisited
61
Why Cant l Hold lt Anymore?
63
Drinking Makes Me Feel Normal
65
Mixing Pills and Booze
67
Am l an AlcoholicAddict? Part lllDenial Wears a Thousand Faces
68
lts Not My Fault
70
Like Mine
74
21 Oh My God My Kids Smoking Pot
80
22 Bill My Mothers Turning into a Lush
84
23 Am I an AlcoholicAddict? Last Time
87
24 I Didnt Have a Chance Its in My Genes Is Alcoholism Inherited?
92
25 My Doctor Is No Help
94
Addiction in the Saddle How Do I Stop?
96
26 Rehab vs Cold Turkey?
97
27 You Got Any Proof Rehabs Work?
101
28 I Never Got Laid Sober in My Life
103
29 Bill You Never Said What Rehabs Cost
107
30 How Do I Choose the Right Rehabē
110
31 Sponsor? Who Needs a Shoulder to Cry On?
115
32 This Sense of Impending Doom
118
33 SelfEsteem vs Selfinflated Grandiosity
121
34 Why Is Crack So Hard to Kick?
123
35 Crossing the Line
126
36 Right and Wrong Way to Do an lntervention
127
37 Psychiatry Takes a Drunk and Turns Him into a Basket Case
135
WhiteKnuckle Sobriety
136
39 PostTraumatic Stress and Relapse
138
40 Booze and lncest
143
41 The Higher Power Business Puts Me Off
145
42 The Higher Power Relationship Works for Me
151
51 lll Die lf l Dont Have a Drink Soon As l
178
52 Am l an Alcoholic? An Unscientific Test
181
53 Keep Booze in the House?
182
54 How Does Addiction Arrest Emotional Development?
186
55 The Geographical Cure
191
56 Why Cant l Drink? lm Addicted to Pot Not Beer
192
57 You Wouldnt Be So Hot to Take My lnventory lf You Were Happy with Your Own
193
Breaking Anonymity
195
59 My Father Cant Sleep Without a Drink
200
60 ls There an Addictive Personality?
202
61 Am l an Enabler?
206
62 Can the New Drugs Help?
208
63 ThreeTime Loser
211
64 My Brothers Wife ls Drinking
213
65 How Can One Cold Beer on a Hot Day Hurt?
215
Part ll
217
67 Too Gay for AA2
219
68 You Against Womens AA Groups Too?
220
69 Are We Ever Cured?
223
70 Does Antabuse Work?
224
71 Overwhelming Feelings
227
Twelfth Step Call
231
73 Drinking and Insomnia
233
A New Identity
235
75 Prozac and Alcoholic Relapse
237
76 My Last Drink
240
77 Rewin Her Trust?
243
78 AA Is Boring
245
80 Drink Like a Gent Again?
246
81 God in a Bottle?
247
82 Help The Bosss Wife Put Sherry in the Black Bean Soup
248
83 Problems of SelfEsteem Who Should a Recovering Drunk Marry?
250
Problems of SelfEsteem Part
253
The Subject 1s Hope
277
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About the author (2004)

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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