Sober for Good: New Solutions for Drinking Problems -- Advice from Those Who Have Succeeded

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Apr 17, 2002 - Self-Help - 352 pages
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Finally someone has gone straight to the real experts: hundreds of men and women who have resolved a drinking problem. The best-selling author Anne M. Fletcher asked them a simple question: how did you do it? The result is the first completely unbiased guide for problem drinkers, one that shatters long-held assumptions about alcohol recovery.

Myth: AA is the only way to get sober.
Reality: More than half the people Fletcher surveyed recovered without AA.

Myth: You can't get sober on your own.
Reality: Many people got sober by themselves.

Myth: One drink inevitably leads right back to the bottle.
Reality: A small number of people find they can have an occasional drink.

Myth: There's nothing you can do for someone with a drinking problem until he or she is ready.
Reality: Family and friends can make a big difference if they know how to help.

Weaving together the success stories of ordinary people and the latest scientific research on the subject, Fletcher uncovers a vital truth: no single path to sobriety is right for every individual. There are many ways to get sober - and stay sober. SOBER FOR GOOD is for anyone who has ever struggled not to drink, coped with someone who has a drinking problem, or secretly wondered, "Do I drink too much?"
 

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Contents

How the Masters Got Sober and Stay Sober
8
How the Masters Faced Up to Their Alcohol Problems
26
How the Masters Reached the Turning Point
48
How the Masters Made a Commitment to Sobriety
75
How Seven Different Masters Found Their Way with Seven Different Approaches
96
The Masters Advice to Family and Friends
146
How the Masters Determined Whether They Could Ever Drink Again
170
How the Masters Deal with Lifes Ups and Downs Without Alcohol
193
How the Masters Stay Motivated
217
How the Masters Handle Spirituality
235
How the Masters Find Joy Without Alcohol
247
A Consumer Guide to Recovery Options
267
Selected References
303
Index
311
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Anne M. Fletcher, M.S., R.D., is the author of Thin for Life, the Thin for Life Daybook, Eating Thin for Life, and Sober for Good. As a registered dietitian, she has counseled hundreds of clients with weight problems in clinical settings. Fletcher was executive editor of the Tufts University Health and Nutrition Letter and a contributing editor for Prevention. She has won several National Health Information Awards as well as awards from the American Medical Writers Association and the American Psychological Association. She has raised three teenagers.

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