24 August 2016

Raw, Witty... Colorful


By Misty 
Reading Mr. Anders' book vividly brought back many memories which seem to have faded somewhat since I started my own recovery journey. His analogies are raw, witty and colorful. While they might seem crazy, or even embellished, those of us who have been there immediately recognize the insane thinking and the "debate society" in our heads re: our addiction as all too real. And frightening. A great book for those in recovery. A great book for those in the helping profession who could use insight into the crazy thinking that guides the alcoholic/addict's behavior. Also enjoyed the rapid-fire pace and internal dialogue.
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Morning Meditation:


Isolation is my enemy. My addiction speaks in shouted whispers. That's right. You heard me. Shouted whispers.

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23 August 2016

Blockhead Drunk


"For years I never had a reason to quit drinking and by the time I had a reason to quit, reason no longer had anything to do with it. I drank for escape and I ended up being unable to escape from drinking. Now, years sober, I have found many of the tools of recovery. There are those who have inspired me, motivated me. Slowly, patiently, I must carve the frustration, self-pity and despair out of this block of wood. Carve out the envy, anxiety and intolerance. File down the burrs of hatred, jealousy and resentment. Chisel out the suspicion and sarcasm, the mistrust. Get rid of the apathy, the remorse, the self-deception. Cast out the doubt, the blame, the fear. Scrape out contempt and cynicism. Smooth out the rough edges...."

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Try This Reality Sandwich!



An Autobiography & a Fiction.
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"Everybody's Recovering from Something..."


 ... and sometimes that something is another person's addiction.
All Drinking Aside is for them, too. 
Check out this short list of other Recovery-related books: 
Rebalancing the Addictive Mind: Beating Addiction with Exercise an Nutrition,  
Empathy: Why It Matters, and How to Get It,
The Impulse Society: America in the Age of Instant Gratification
Seeking Serenity: The 10 New Rules for Health and Happiness in the Age of Anxiety
If You Loved Me, You'd Stop!: What You Really Need to Know When Your Loved One Drinks Too Much
Links to and reviews written by me of these books are part of the top link here:
2015 My Recovery Year in Review: http://alldrinkingaside.blogspot.com/2015_12_01_archive.html
By no means is this list complete, but it's a start. If you go to the library, look to the left and right of each book's location and if unavailable, ask your reference librarian if they would consider adding it to their permanent collection. Obviously, I'm a big reader. Read. Put your life on a Recovery page. 





22 August 2016

Shared Courage:


"Shared courage is where I find the strength in my recovery. My alcoholic mind left alone is headed for relapse because it's crowded up here in what remains of my brain. There are a thousand forms of denial in recovery but the one denial that has always doomed me to failure and to relapse is trying to stay sober unaided and alone, not admitting my need for fellowship with others in recovery. I don't think I will ever be smart enough to go it alone because addiction has formed a partnership with my brain. It has been compromised. It seems that way because it is that way. Maybe not for others and for all, but for me that is the way it is. It is."

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Question for Today:


How is it that tomorrow never comes but the next drink always did?

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The Deepest Definition of Youth


"The deepest definition of youth is life as yet untouched by tragedy."
- Alfred North Whitehead




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21 August 2016

Order Another for a Friend:


5.0 out of 5 stars 
By John Bradley (Pensacola, Florida)

"I ordered another one for my friend. I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have made notes for myself and underlined things that pertained to my alcoholism. I saw myself in so many of the things... said in the book. Some things were funny and yet so sad at the same time. I had to have hankies sometimes. Thanks so much for this!"

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Solitude Stolen!



 When I thought I could stay sober alone, I wound up drinking alone.


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