Mindfulness, Addiction, and the Path of Lifelong Sobriety
Formerly published as Cool Water
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The key to ongoing freedom from alcoholism or any other kind of addiction is right before us, here and now, in the ordinary and perfect present moment. The problem is that addictions are often the result of our efforts to escape living in the present in the first place. Bill Alexander’s unique approach uses mindfulness (a nonjudgmental awareness of our moment-to-moment experience), story, and meditation to help alcoholics and others learn to come back to the present moment and find healing there. Emerging scientific research suggests that mindfulness can help prevent addiction relapse.
Ordinary Recovery is a revised edition of Alexander’s book Cool Water, with a new foreword, a new preface by the author, updates throughout the book, and a new resources section.
The Zen of Recovery
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In this compelling blend of East and West, Mel Ash shows how Zen mind and practice connect to the heart of recovery. Courageously drawing from his own experience as an abused child, alcoholic, Zen student, and dharma teacher, Ash presents a practical synthesis of AA's Twelve Steps and Zen's Eightfold Path.
You don't have to be Buddhist to appreciate the healing power of The Zen of Recovery. The book makes Zen available to all seeking to improve the quality of their spiritual and everyday life. It also includes practical instructions on how to meditate and put the book into action. It's message will help readers live more profoundly "one day at a time."
This is a really, really good book on the subject of recovery - one that I can recommend without reservation.
I love this from the notes about the author on the back page:
In spare moments he listens to music, wrestles with demons, points at the moon and sits on his porch drinking lots of black coffee.
The New Cure for Substance Abuse
Although I have always loved the intent of compassion that Alcoholics Anonymous brings to the life-wrenching issue of substance abuse and other addictive behavior, I have long been disturbed by my perception of a dependency upon AA that seemed to me to only replace one addiction with another less physically devastating addiction. Jack Trimpey was also concerned about this - so concerned that he devoted his full expertise and knowledge toward developing a revolutionary alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous. Boasting a 97% success rate, Rational Recovery offers an aggressive self-recovery program that shows you exactly how to take control of your addictive behavior NOW - and how to recover totally through planned abstinence. Hard to believe? In the face of "one day at a time" dogma, maybe. But in the light of your own true and powerful humanity, this makes perfect sense.
The Black Swan
The Twelve Lessons of Abandonment Recovery - Emotional and spiritual healing for those suffering the loss of a love
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Black Swan is a self-help tool, a supplement for personal growth. Whether you are suffering a recent heartbreak or loss, feeling insecure from the past, or having difficulty finding and keeping a relationship, the book promotes healing. Through the medium of storytelling, you are guided through the twelve steps of recovery - from cleansing your wound, to strengthening your sense of self, to making a new connection. A creative, imaginative approach that is refreshing in it's refusal to discount the human soul!