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12 Smart Things to Do When the Booze and Drug Are Gone by Allen Berger

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Dec 14th, 2013
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Another great book on emotional sobriety is

12 Smart Things to Do When the Booze and Drugs are Gone by Allen Berger

This is Dr. Allen Berger's second recovery book.  His first one does quite well and is called "12 Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery".  This one deals with emotional sobriety and is generally sought by those in recovery who get clean and sober and find that the "gifts of sobriety" aren't coming to them or that something just doesn't feel right.  Oftentimes, just stopping drinking or drugging isn't enough as no internal changes have been made and it is at this point that we either pick up again or begin searching for answers.  Dr Berger does a good job with this book in providing some direction and includes addiction stories and personal experiences throughout.

Berger spends a good deal of time talking about what emotional sobriety is and what it isn't.  He organizes his book into 12 Chapters, or 12 Smart Things, that give advice and actions to take to change your thinking and bring about self-awareness.  Some of these are about "taking things personally", "pressuring others to change", "gratitude and appreciation for what you have", and "embracing opportunities for growth".  In essence, I see many of these as new ways of looking at existing circumstances but that's really what emotional sobriety is all about.  It's not about changing circumstances so that I'm happier. It's about changing the way that I look at the world and the way that I look and feel about myself.

If you are struggling with emotional sobriety, I recommend you pick up 12 Smart Things to Do When the Booze and Drugs are Gone.  I think that it is a great for anyone new, or seasoned,  in recovery.  However, if you want a different perspective on emotional sobriety with some different action steps to take for your program, I also recommend that you give this book a try as well.

12 Smart Things to Do When the Booze and Drugs Are Gone: Choosing Emotional Sobriety through Self-Awareness and Right Action 12 Smart Things to Do When the Booze and Drugs Are Gone: Choosing Emotional Sobriety through Self-Awareness and Right Action
Author: Allen Berger Ph.D.
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The author of the recovery mainstay12 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 youlearning not to take others' reactions personallytrusting your inner compasstaking responsibility for your reactions to problematic situationsIt 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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