Sober for Good

  • by Anne M. Fletcher
  • Narrated by Anne M. Fletcher
  • 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Finally someone has gone straight to the real experts: hundreds of men and women who have resolved a drinking problem. 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, which shatters long-held assumptions about alcohol recovery.
Myth #1: AA is the only way to get sober. Reality: More than half of the people Fletcher found recovered without AA.
Myth #2: You can't get sober on your own. Reality: Many people got sober by themselves.
Myth #3: To get sober, you have to admit you're an alcoholic. Reality: Many people, even some with very serious drinking problems, recovered without calling themselves alcoholics.
Myth #4: One drink inevitably leads right back to the bottle. Reality: A small number of people find they can have an occasional drink.
Myth #5: 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 simple truth: no single path to sobriety is right for every individual. There are many ways to get sober, and stay sober. The most comprehensive book on alcohol recovery available, Sober for Good includes motivational strategies from former problem drinkers; suggestions on what to do if you're not ready to quit; advice for family and friends of problem drinkers; a complete "Consumer Guide" to the many recovery options and how to find what's right for you. 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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What the Critics Say

"Fletcher provides a useful overview of the varieties of recovery programs and practices". (Publishers Weekly)
"A seamless array of superbly told stories highlights people in all segments of society who, each in his or her own way, declared their lives would be better sober. The effect is that all nine hours will encourage even the casual listener to take a heartfelt look at the many faces of alcohol abuse and recovery." (AudioFile)

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Offers Hope for the Unconventional Addict

This book provides a refreshing look at the many paths to addiction recovery and how people frame the concept of sobriety in their own lives. For those adverse to the heavily God focussed 12 step approach or the extremism of Rational Recovery, the author provides countless case examples of individuals who have used various methods for staying sober and have gone on with their lives. A great read for those needing hope and inspiration.
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- Valerie G

Useful research, but not a how-to

Author Fletcher's self-admitted unscientific panel of what she preciously describes as "masters" (again and again and again, in one of the recording's most annoying aspects) provide support for her argument that different people can and do address alcohol issues in different ways. If you have a general interest in the topic of alcoholism, or if you are concerned about your own drinking patterns, this book can be quite useful.

The danger of this volume, however, is that those currently in treatment could use it to justify halting their current regimen in order to experiment with some of the techniques described. As many of the methods are new and not well-documented (or, in some cases, still being perfected), I believe even the author herself would be concerned about such a decision on the part of the listener/reader.

To my ear, the best thing about the book is how scrupulously honest the author is about Alcoholics Anonymous - clarifying popular misconceptions about the organization while holding it up as the technique with perhaps the highest success rate. She has a blind spot about AA's "higher power" concept and continually identifies "masters" for whom that aspect of AA was a deal-breaker.

Recording quality is very good, and the author reads her work with energy and enthusiasm. If you find the recording of interest, you will likely wind up buying a hard-copy, as locating specific topics is difficult with the CDs and a very large, helpful appendix in the print version is not included in the audiobook.

If you are currently in treatment, please discuss the concepts in the book with your doctor before taking independent action.
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- Rod Morgan "Unclejack"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-09-2004
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company