A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting To, Getting Through, and Living in Recovery
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**As Featured on The Dr. Oz Show in Special Addiction Episode with Steven Tyler**
The disease of addiction affects 1 out of 10 people in the United States, and is a devastating--often, fatal--illness. Now, from the physician director of the renowned Betty Ford Center, comes a step-by-step plan with a realistic "one-day-at-a-time" approach to a disease that so often seems insurmountable. With a focus on reclaiming the power that comes from a life free of dependency, Being Sober walks readers through the many phases of addiction and recovery without judgment or the overly "cultish" language of traditional 12-step plans.
It also addresses the latest face of this disease: the "highly functioning" addict, or someone who is still able to achieve personal and professional success even as they battle a drug or alcohol problem. Dr. Haroutunian tackles this provocative issue head-on, offering new insight into why you don’t have to "bottom out" to get help. Dr. Haroutunian is himself a recovering alcoholic and knows firsthand the challenges of sobriety. His background and expertise in the field of alcohol and drug treatment give him a powerful edge and perspective that is unparalleled in his field.
Using clear, straightforward language, Being Sober offers a proven path toward an emotional sobriety and a rewarding new life based on gratitude, dignity, and self-respect.
Includes a Foreword written by Steven Tyler.
A classis is born
Recovery literature can be rambling and excessively anecdotal, or else too clinical to be of use to those patients and families suffering from addiction. Rarely does one find a work that is succinct, direct and applicable, while still interwoven with personal anecdotes and passions of the author. Look no further than Being Sober, by Dr. Harry Haroutunian of the Betty Ford Center, who has succeeded magnificently in creating a work that is both readable and enjoyable, while still being up to date and informative.
The book starts by examining the neurobiology of addiction, and firmly settles the issue that addictions are truly disease states. Dr. Haroutunian puts a modern and fresh spin on the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, distilling each step into the strengths and weaknesses being addressed. In one of it's most powerful efforts, Being Sober bridges the gap from "rehab" to "recovery", a transition that is often neglected in popularized mass media. It depicts recovery as an attractive, attainable goal.
The heart of the book, however, is Dr. Haroutunian's own journeys. "Dr. Harry" is neither boastful nor evasive when he discusses his near destructions, wrought by a cunning and powerful disease. Yet each saga is balanced with a lesson in gratitude, as he chooses recovery over addiction and finds his way into new life. Well done, doctor; in these stories lies "first person hope" for anyone searching for relief from addictions.
I predict this book will become a classic, and required reading for both those that suffer from addictions, and those that treat them.
The absolute best book I have ever read! I highly recommend it.