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In times of crisis like the coronavirus pandemic has caused, we need all the recovery tools we can get. Smart sobriety means working on all the stuff our substances were covering up. The author of the classic 12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery offers a fresh list of "smart" things to do to attain and sustain emotional sobriety. Whether it's called "dry drunk" or "white In times of crisis like the coronavirus pandemic has caused, we need all the recovery tools we can get. Smart sobriety means working on all the stuff our substances were covering up. The author of the classic 12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery offers a fresh list of "smart" things to do to attain and sustain emotional sobriety. Whether it's called "dry drunk" or "white knuckle sobriety," it's that stage in recovery when we realize that "putting the plug in the jug" isn't enough. The next step is taking responsibility for the emotional immaturity that fuels our addictive personality and has a tremendous impact on ourselves and others. Allen Berger, PhD, draws on the teachings of Bill W. and psychotherapy pioneers to offer twelve hallmarks of emotional sobriety that, when practiced, give people the confidence to be accountable for their behavior, ask for what they want and need, and grow and develop a deeper trust in the process of life. These smart things include: understanding who you are and what's important to you; learning not to take others' reactions personally; trusting your inner compass; and taking responsibility for your reactions to problematic situations. It is in these practices that we find release from what Bill W. described as an "absolute dependency" on people or circumstances, and develop the tools to find prestige, security, and belonging within.


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In times of crisis like the coronavirus pandemic has caused, we need all the recovery tools we can get. Smart sobriety means working on all the stuff our substances were covering up. The author of the classic 12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery offers a fresh list of "smart" things to do to attain and sustain emotional sobriety. Whether it's called "dry drunk" or "white In times of crisis like the coronavirus pandemic has caused, we need all the recovery tools we can get. Smart sobriety means working on all the stuff our substances were covering up. The author of the classic 12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery offers a fresh list of "smart" things to do to attain and sustain emotional sobriety. Whether it's called "dry drunk" or "white knuckle sobriety," it's that stage in recovery when we realize that "putting the plug in the jug" isn't enough. The next step is taking responsibility for the emotional immaturity that fuels our addictive personality and has a tremendous impact on ourselves and others. Allen Berger, PhD, draws on the teachings of Bill W. and psychotherapy pioneers to offer twelve hallmarks of emotional sobriety that, when practiced, give people the confidence to be accountable for their behavior, ask for what they want and need, and grow and develop a deeper trust in the process of life. These smart things include: understanding who you are and what's important to you; learning not to take others' reactions personally; trusting your inner compass; and taking responsibility for your reactions to problematic situations. It is in these practices that we find release from what Bill W. described as an "absolute dependency" on people or circumstances, and develop the tools to find prestige, security, and belonging within.

30 review for 12 Smart Things to Do When the Booze and Drugs Are Gone: Choosing Emotional Sobriety through Self-Awareness and Right Action

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jeri

    This book is about Emotional Sobriety. I think even non-addicts can gain a lot of insight from the book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    Like an intro post-graduate course Twelve steps, fine. But it’s easy to treat it like a checkbox and not keep learning. They are my foundation but after reading this great book, realize extracting the life satisfaction and value inherent in achieving (and practicing) Emotional Sobriety, will bring my development as a human being, to the next level. I read this with a couple guys, reading the chapter and discussing it each week. Got so much out of the experience and looking forward to the applicat Like an intro post-graduate course Twelve steps, fine. But it’s easy to treat it like a checkbox and not keep learning. They are my foundation but after reading this great book, realize extracting the life satisfaction and value inherent in achieving (and practicing) Emotional Sobriety, will bring my development as a human being, to the next level. I read this with a couple guys, reading the chapter and discussing it each week. Got so much out of the experience and looking forward to the application for which this book spells out a framework. Solid read after getting some time under your belt yet sometimes feel in a lull.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sonja

    Very insightful and helpful for anyone, but especially those that had their emotional maturity stunted by alcohol and/or drugs and have already gone through the AA program or gotten sober and now want to work on themselves. The only downside I see is that the author is making the material a little more complicated than it needs to be by making it into 12 things (12 steps, get it?). He also has another book on 12 something-or-other.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    Great reading I enjoyed this book from start to finish. The quality of our recovery is determined by how we respond to the problems or challenges in our lives. But because we don’t know how best to respond to these issues, we end up stuck and frustrated. This book help me to unstuck.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Abracadebra

    I found this information to be extremely helpful and easy to read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mark Tuggle

    A really good read with simple specific steps to take on the road to emotional sobriety.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Matt Schiavenza

    A fantastic, hugely-important book whether you're in recovery or not. A fantastic, hugely-important book whether you're in recovery or not.

  8. 4 out of 5

    M

    The author makes very good points. I am not an addict, but this book is exactly what I was looking for!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Susannah Greenberg

    I am publicizing this new recovery book from Hazelden Publishing, by practicing psychologist and well-known author and recovery expert, Allen Berger, Ph.D. This book is sure to be a valuable resource and instant classic in the field. Interested media may contact me for review copies or further information.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lorileinart

    wow, here are some of the amazing NEW suggestions for becoming a better person: KNOW YOURSELF STOP TAKING THINGS PERSONALLY STOP PRESSURING OTHERS TO CHANGE COMFORT YOURSELF WHEN YOU ARE HURTING... Why didn't I ever think of these things on my own?? wow, here are some of the amazing NEW suggestions for becoming a better person: KNOW YOURSELF STOP TAKING THINGS PERSONALLY STOP PRESSURING OTHERS TO CHANGE COMFORT YOURSELF WHEN YOU ARE HURTING... Why didn't I ever think of these things on my own??

  11. 5 out of 5

    Allen Berger

    This is my latest book and it rocks. I loved writing this book and the person in recovery is finding it quite helpful.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Very good. There really aren't enough books like this. Getting sober is hard, but staying sober and dealing with life as a sober person is hard also. Very good. There really aren't enough books like this. Getting sober is hard, but staying sober and dealing with life as a sober person is hard also.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ietrio

    Very emotional fluff targeted at already vulnerable people. Unethical. But hey, the dude has a PhD.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

  15. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Haney

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chrissie

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Papenfus

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tom Copley

  19. 5 out of 5

    amy markham

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bethany Slawik

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rwolfgra

  22. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Downs

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mark

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mr P R Belugou

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Wood

  26. 4 out of 5

    Veronica Sigg

  27. 5 out of 5

    Louie van Bommel

    There is more in here about maintaining your autonomy in a relationship than there is about staying away from your booze and drugs. It's one of the top books I read this year, and I would certainly read it again. There is more in here about maintaining your autonomy in a relationship than there is about staying away from your booze and drugs. It's one of the top books I read this year, and I would certainly read it again.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Eric Budd

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Chapman

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jason Mathews

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