I knew that my father had been an alcoholic, but as my parents divorced when I was 5 and I had no memory at all of any of my early years (a clue!) and only remembered a mother who adored me, I really thought I'd had a great childhood. I always believed I was unaffected by his drinking!
It is possible to use the spiritual underpinnings of twelve-step recovery programs to avoid addiction-related problems instead of dealing with them, says psychotherapist Ingrid Mathieu in her new book, "Recovering Spirituality: Achieving Emotional Sobriety in Your Spiritual Practice."
It's tempting to make fun of Hi, My Name is Jack, the melodramatic memoir of a now sober marketer for Christian ministries and publishers. The book is a soap opera, whose characters have no redeeming virtues.
What makes Wordsmith a fascinating book is Smith's life and the gut-wrenching honesty with which he tells the story of how he overcame self-destruction. It might be one of the best books written about overcoming the grips of alcohol addiction.
Contemplation is not first of all about being religious, introverted, or pious -- it is about being emotionally and mentally honest... It is the absolute opposite of addiction, consumerism or any egoic consciousness.
Both the British and the Danish governments are increasingly buying into the AA line that abstinence is the best and most achievable goal. Here are four reasons AA is harmful and will hurt their societies.