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The area near the precipice of any waterfalls is not a safe place. The river is constricting, gaining speed and power. No individual could stand at the top of the falls without being pulled over into the life threatening torrent below. So it is with addiction. We cannot stand at the precipice of acting out, where our compulsion has its greatest power and strength, and expe The area near the precipice of any waterfalls is not a safe place. The river is constricting, gaining speed and power. No individual could stand at the top of the falls without being pulled over into the life threatening torrent below. So it is with addiction. We cannot stand at the precipice of acting out, where our compulsion has its greatest power and strength, and expect our sobriety to survive. We will be pulled into the abyss, losing control, yet again, to our addictive behaviors. We must move upstream to safety. We must move our thoughts and behaviors upsteam to the safe Waters of Recovery, away from the power and pull of our addiction.


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The area near the precipice of any waterfalls is not a safe place. The river is constricting, gaining speed and power. No individual could stand at the top of the falls without being pulled over into the life threatening torrent below. So it is with addiction. We cannot stand at the precipice of acting out, where our compulsion has its greatest power and strength, and expe The area near the precipice of any waterfalls is not a safe place. The river is constricting, gaining speed and power. No individual could stand at the top of the falls without being pulled over into the life threatening torrent below. So it is with addiction. We cannot stand at the precipice of acting out, where our compulsion has its greatest power and strength, and expect our sobriety to survive. We will be pulled into the abyss, losing control, yet again, to our addictive behaviors. We must move upstream to safety. We must move our thoughts and behaviors upsteam to the safe Waters of Recovery, away from the power and pull of our addiction.

41 review for The Waterfall Concept: A Blueprint for Addiction Recovery

  1. 4 out of 5

    Valerie Steimle

    For those who are stuck in their addictions this book is a godsend. The Waterfall Concept was written by a recovering addict himself who became an addiction counselor wanting to help addicts and their families. Roger Stark explains in simple language the process in which anyone struggling with any kind of addiction can return to recovery. From three basic phases, discovery, recovery and maintenance, addicts learn to heal themselves to a life of happiness and fulfillment. With the idea of water flow For those who are stuck in their addictions this book is a godsend. The Waterfall Concept was written by a recovering addict himself who became an addiction counselor wanting to help addicts and their families. Roger Stark explains in simple language the process in which anyone struggling with any kind of addiction can return to recovery. From three basic phases, discovery, recovery and maintenance, addicts learn to heal themselves to a life of happiness and fulfillment. With the idea of water flowing over a falls and the understanding that the pull of an addiction is as powerful as a waterfalls, those dealing with addictions can learn to move up stream to safety. This book also includes the 12-step process from the LDS Recovery Program workbook and a checklist of mental, emotional, physical, behavioral and spiritual aspects of a recovering addiction. The Waterfall Concept would be very helpful for all involved in an addict’s life and can give new insight on a life without addiction.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shelli Proffitt Howells

    This is an excellent book, filled with information and suggestions to help someone as they struggle with addiction recovery. Roger Stark is not only an addiction counselor, but a recovering addict himself. He approaches this book with the same attitude required of anyone attempting recovery -- humility. He offers so many tools in this book and covers all the bases: spiritual, emotional, physical. His suggestions progress from the easiest to follow early recovery techniques to more challenging tec This is an excellent book, filled with information and suggestions to help someone as they struggle with addiction recovery. Roger Stark is not only an addiction counselor, but a recovering addict himself. He approaches this book with the same attitude required of anyone attempting recovery -- humility. He offers so many tools in this book and covers all the bases: spiritual, emotional, physical. His suggestions progress from the easiest to follow early recovery techniques to more challenging techniques in later stages and the maintenance phase. Stark clearly defines what an addict is and describes how they got to their place of addiction. I found it to be a good book for any parent who may have a child that is beginning to use drugs or alcohol as a coping technique for their feelings. I think many of the suggestions could be used as preventative tools, not only as recovery tools. Stark is positive and encouraging throughout the book. He helps put relapses into perspective so they can become learning experiences rather than stumbling blocks. What I loved most about his book is that many of his techniques are helpful overall life skills. Anyone can benefit from learning and incorporating the suggestions for coping, self-care, and expressing feelings. The book had a lot of grammar and punctuation mistakes that made the reader have to work a little too hard. But it was well worth the effort. I strongly recommend this book to anyone, those who are currently in addiction recovery, parents, or anyone looking to become healthier emotionally.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Townsend-Lyon

    "A Must Read and Great Recovery Guide" I will confess it took me awhile to read this book. Not because it's hard to read, but because it's filled with so much advice, tools, and resources all people who are looking to recover from any addiction can use. It is a guide to a well-balanced recovery path. It helps in all areas we as addicts need and you can follow along easily, and the tools suggested can be put to work right away. Roger touches on all aspects of recovery. He helps with the "Spiritual, "A Must Read and Great Recovery Guide" I will confess it took me awhile to read this book. Not because it's hard to read, but because it's filled with so much advice, tools, and resources all people who are looking to recover from any addiction can use. It is a guide to a well-balanced recovery path. It helps in all areas we as addicts need and you can follow along easily, and the tools suggested can be put to work right away. Roger touches on all aspects of recovery. He helps with the "Spiritual, Mind, Physical and much more. If you are serious about recovery? This book will help you get a firm hold and excellent start in long-term recovery. It will help you gain useful life skills that many recovery books miss. We tend to get past that first year in recovery and then "feel stuck." Roger's book will help through this period of moving forward and gives clear directives as it teaches you how to build "self-worth and trust" within yourself. That to me was them most important part of what I received from reading Roger's book. So whether you are just starting out in recovery, or you are a long-timer? There is something for everyone in this one. I will have all my sponsee's reading this book!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dharmamitra Jeff Stefani

    Mr Stark has dome a wonderful job of compiling and creating a book that draws from a wealth of understanding and knowledge. From "The Four Agreements, to "The Big Book" of Alcoholics Anonymous, and much of his own religious understanding, physical, emotional, social, spiritual, etc... a Holistic approach, as any successful program of recovery needs to be. The book deals with what is called "the mental obsession" in the 12-Step community, or "How to Stay Quit!" One important thing that will wor Mr Stark has dome a wonderful job of compiling and creating a book that draws from a wealth of understanding and knowledge. From "The Four Agreements, to "The Big Book" of Alcoholics Anonymous, and much of his own religious understanding, physical, emotional, social, spiritual, etc... a Holistic approach, as any successful program of recovery needs to be. The book deals with what is called "the mental obsession" in the 12-Step community, or "How to Stay Quit!" One important thing that will work especially well for some, and not well for others is the fact that it'd steeped in Christian LDS (Church of Latter-Day Saints) terminology and ideas. So if terminology like "Heavenly Father" is something that will hinder your Open-Mindedness, then it may not be your thing. But that doesn't take anything away from the innumerable other beneficial ideas and techniques which are more on par with a Cognitive-Behavioral approach and techniques. There is a vast amount of useful and potentially life-saving information in this easy read ,that is broken into small chapters/sections, which is excellent for taking the parts that are useful to you, and letting go of that which is not.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lin Floyd

    The "Waterfall Concept" by Roger Stark is a well written book that is very informative and easy to understand. Roger provides excellent insight into addiction and recovery, that I believe would be very beneficial not only to individuals struggling with their own addiction, but to family, friends, or others concerned about a loved ones addictive behaviors. The analogy of the addictive process to a waterfall, and the need to "stay away from slippery places", is an insightful comparison. The author The "Waterfall Concept" by Roger Stark is a well written book that is very informative and easy to understand. Roger provides excellent insight into addiction and recovery, that I believe would be very beneficial not only to individuals struggling with their own addiction, but to family, friends, or others concerned about a loved ones addictive behaviors. The analogy of the addictive process to a waterfall, and the need to "stay away from slippery places", is an insightful comparison. The author also does an excellent job of combining the steps of AA with relapse prevention strategies and gospel principles. The need for spirituality in recovery is emphasized, by combining clinical knowledge with scriptures and quotes from LDS church leaders. I would also recommend this book to clinicians who work with individuals struggling with addictions or in recovery. (Reviewed by my friend Carolyn Garagray, LCSW)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sidreis Agla

    This book is an absolute must read. Stark steps passed the symptoms of addiction (alcoholism, illicit drug addiction and sexual addiction) and works to identify and expose the roots of our addictive behaviors in order to heal from the inside and progress away from the despair of active addiction. His writing style flows freely and is easy to understand. He offers personal accounts, accounts of others and relatable analogies to help us connect to what he is teaching. The Waterfall Concept truly is This book is an absolute must read. Stark steps passed the symptoms of addiction (alcoholism, illicit drug addiction and sexual addiction) and works to identify and expose the roots of our addictive behaviors in order to heal from the inside and progress away from the despair of active addiction. His writing style flows freely and is easy to understand. He offers personal accounts, accounts of others and relatable analogies to help us connect to what he is teaching. The Waterfall Concept truly is a blueprint for addiction recovery, as it focuses more on the solution than it does the problem. Focusing on our problems drove us to addiction - focusing on recovery is what will help us break the chains of our bondage. Sidreis @ www.bythelightofgrace.com

  7. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

    For those of us struggling with addictions, this book is amazingly insightful and helpful. Written by a recovering addict who now counsels other addicts, it is filled with helpful concepts which help explain how addiction works and how we can work to overcome them. Great book! Highly recommend!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Colin M

    This book made it easy for me understand my addictive thinking and self destructive behavior and then helped me identify a clear path of recovery that I could commit to. It is one of the most transformative tools I have used in my recovery process.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    A wonderful, practical help to understanding addiction and what needs to be done to overcome it. Yes there are a few grammar errors, but the message and tools offered in the book are well worth it. I will most likely be purchasing this book in the future.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jillian

    Wonderful book, very insightful. Comes from the perceptive of an addict who is now a counselor so they really understand what it is like to struggle through recovery.

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