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Relapse Prevention


 

  Staying Sober

The authors discuss addictive disease and its physical psychological and social effects. They also identify sobriety-based symptoms outline management techniques to lower the risk of withdrawal and explore our mistaken beliefs about relapse to help us change our attitudes and behaviors.

 

 Passages Through Recovery

Abstinence from alcohol and other drugs is only the beginning of sobriety. It's the ticket to get into the theater not the movie we are going to see.' -- Passages through Recovery. One of the most important things we learn in recovery is that there really is a way out of all the misery -- if we know which way to go. But abstinence from alcohol and other drugs is just the beginning of our journey not our destination. And that journey can be a rough one if we don't know what lies ahead. Based on the experiences of thousands of recovering men and women 'Passages through Recovery' presents an action plan for preventing relapse on that can help us understand how recovery works and what is needed to move from active addiction to sobriety. Gorski's pioneering work describes six stages of recovery from chemical dependency and offers sound advice for working through the challenges of each stage -- challenges that can create frustration and lead to relapse. 'Passages through Recovery' clearly demonstrates that sobriety is more than just healing the damage. 'It's a way of thinking acting and relating to others', Gorski writes, 'That promotes continued physical psychological social and spiritual health. The skills necessary for long-term sobriety are all directed at finding meaning and purpose in life.' Use this book as a compass in your recovery to help you stay on course. About the Author: Terence T. Gorski M.A. C.A.C. is a nationally recognized lecturer an acknowledged leader in the chemical dependency and codependency fields and a workshop facilitator specializing in relapse prevention intimacy in recovery and treating chemically dependent adult children of alcoholics. From his more than 25 years of clinical experience and research Gorski has developed a comprehensive approach to recovery that is revolutionizing the field of relapse prevention.  

 

 Sober But Stuck

People in recovery soon find out that maintaining abstinence from alcohol and other drugs is only half the battle. 'Sober But Stuck' addresses the issues that can act as barriers to serenity and ultimately threaten sobriety. Topics include fear of failure unhealthy or dependent relationships resentments and more. Provides needed encouragement for maintaining recovery from alcohol and other drugs.

 

Understanding the Twelve Steps: An Interpretation and Guide for Recovering People

This book rocks! I have been so frustrated over the past few years where the Big Book is considered. It is such an amazing book, but so difficult (if not impossible) for many people of limited vocabulary or education to understand.

We have two program people in our home who absolutely cannot understand the Big Book, no matter how hard they try. As many of you know, it's not just the vocabulary, but the wording that can be difficult. As a professional with two Bachelors and a Masters, I have found the Big Book to be the most difficult book I have ever read. Many people argue that the Big Book should not be re-written. To do so would tamper with the message. While I understand the concern, it is sad that so many people are unable to comprehend all of the wonerful material because of the style in which it was written. After all, the Bible has been written in many different versions so that young people can understand it. Adults too. I believe we need the same thing with the Big Book. A "Study Big Book" perhaps.

Enter "Understanding the Twelve Steps." This is really a no-nonsense look at the twelve steps and the ideas they are trying to get across. It isn't a simplified Big Book, but a study in the 12 steps. Although the language speaks to Alcoholics, it is fantastic for people in any 12-step program. AA, Al-Anon, Alateen, CA, NA, CODA, etc. The author does a great job speaking in terms that help one visualize the ideas discussed. I think it's a fantastic supplement to any of our wonderful programs.
  

 

Understanding Addictive Disease: A Tool for Preventing Relapse 

This is an excellent booklet that describes what addiction is, its chronic nature, and how to prevent relapse. Excellent for newcomers as well as those still struggling. Can be a good help for sponsors to use in providing guidance.

 

A Hole in the Sidewalk

This is a great resource applicable to recovery from any kind of addictive behavior. With 29 sections, it works well for an intensive one-a-day structured format for focused attention to relapse prevention. Very readable and engaging, it covers all aspects of relapse mindsets in a memorable and individualized way. For those needing to address multiple addictions, it is helpful to identify interactions and substitutions among various behaviors in order to extricate yourself from the web. For example, addictive behaviors may manifest in relation to pornography, alcohol, illegal and prescription drug use, sexual issues, eating, exercise, shopping, codependent relationships. Just when you think you have your addiction under control, it pops up as another aspect of your life. Knowing how to feel good about "walking down another street" while still on the alert for other "deep holes" is essential. As counselors, we find this to be a great resource for arming clients with an overview to achieve - and the insight to maintain their own unique recovery - while pursuing healing from destructive root issues through cultivation of intentionally authentic, nurturing relationships.