Some brief overview of this book
"Decades ago there was only one organization to which a problem drinker could turn, and abstinence was the only solution. In the past 20 years or so several organizations, many of them primarily online, have risen up to successfully challenge this thinking. In fact, the medical community now has eschewed the term "alcoholic" in favor of the more accurate "alcohol use disor "Decades ago there was only one organization to which a problem drinker could turn, and abstinence was the only solution.
In the past 20 years or so several organizations, many of them primarily online, have risen up to successfully challenge this thinking. In fact, the medical community now has eschewed the term "alcoholic" in favor of the more accurate "alcohol use disorder", or AUD. Kary May has done a masterful job of surfing the Internet to find a large variety of these sites and organizations.
With charm, wit, grace, and poignancy, she relates stories from her life and a few other, all in a light-hearted but seriously effective way that will captivate you and lead you to a truth you might not find easily on your own: victory over alcohol use disorder is not only possible, but very attainable, and she shares loads of resources to make it happen for you. Yes, you! Once you start reading, you won't be able to put this book down.
Kary May is a treasure. You'll thank yourself over and over for reading this book, and you'll tell all your friends about it, too. -Just Plain Phil, Executive Director, Moderation Management Are you worrying incessantly about your drinking?
Are you concerned that your once occasional glass of wine or bottle of beer has crept up to a full bottle of wine or a twelve pack a night? Have you tried other treatments such as Alcoholics Anonymous or rehab, but never felt like you belonged? Have you struggled for years on your own, but find yourself more out of control?
Do you want help, but don't want to go to meetings or therapy? Is your idea of sobriety, not drinking at all, or drinking within limits? Do you feel like giving up?
Are you running out of hope and don't know where to get more? Kary May knows. She remembers what it feels like to wake-up every day determined to not repeat the day before, only to fail once again.
She remembers thinking there was nowhere to turn, all her friends drank and so did her spouse. It seemed as if the whole world was enjoying a party without the guilt, self-defeat, and hopelessness she felt. For some reasons she understood, and others she couldn't, she was unable to make herself go to an AA meeting or rehab.
She spent thirty years trying to control her drinking problem on her own. She didn't know if she was an alcoholic or not, she only knew she was miserable and alone. Then, one night she decided to reach out for help.
On the internet. There, she found others like her, others who understood where she was coming from. They showed her that she wasn't hopeless, because they weren't hopeless.
They showed her she could succeed, because they had succeeded. With these people, strangers she would never meet in person, she was finally able to be herself, to share her struggles and her fears, because they did the same. She learned that recovery wasn't all about quitting drinking, or learning to control your drinking.
Recovery is a path back to yourself, no matter the extent of your addiction or drinking problem. At the end of one year, with the support of her neighbors, she was sober. This is not a guide to tell you how to quit drinking.
It's not a How-To-Get-Sober Manual with step-by-step instructions. Instead, this is a handbook to introduce you to the "others", your neighbors and fellow travelers, all on their own Road of Recovery. Some of their roads lead to not drinking at all, some lead to drinking in moderation.
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