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Title:
A ghost in the closet : is there an alcoholic hiding? : an honest look at alcoholism
Author:
Mitchel, Dale.
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Publication Information:
Center City, Minn. : Hazelden Pittman Archives Press, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xxii, 280 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781568383286
Format :
Book

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In writings that are both objective and personal, recovering alcoholic, Dale Mitchel, paints an insightful picture of alcoholism, the recovery process, and life filled with meaning and purpose after recovery.


Table of Contents

John T. Niehaus, L.I.S.W.
Forewordp. XIII
Prefacep. XV
Acknowledgmentsp. XXI
1. Introduction to Alcoholismp. 1
When It All Beganp. 1
Alcoholism as a Diseasep. 5
The Myth of Willpowerp. 11
Addictionp. 14
Powerlessnessp. 16
Denialp. 17
Tolerancep. 20
Scientific Alcoholismp. 22
Heredityp. 27
Stressp. 30
Blackoutsp. 32
The Alcoholic Testp. 33
Types of Alcoholicsp. 38
The Dry Drunkp. 44
Social Pressurep. 45
Diagnostic Alcoholismp. 48
Earth Peoplep. 49
Codependentsp. 50
2. The Alcoholic Mindp. 55
The Alcoholic Egop. 56
The Chlorine Testp. 57
A Bottle of Sodap. 58
The Scales of Justicep. 59
Send in the Clownp. 61
Fearp. 62
Guilt versus Shamep. 63
All at Oncep. 70
Never Enoughp. 71
Inadequacyp. 71
Grandiosityp. 74
Antisocial Behaviorp. 75
Perfectionismp. 76
Self-Centerednessp. 77
Feelings versus Emotionsp. 78
Intimacyp. 79
Compulsive Behaviorp. 80
Violencep. 82
Isolationp. 84
Sensitivityp. 85
Rites of Passagep. 86
A Script to Drinkp. 88
3. Alcoholics Anonymousp. 91
Historyp. 92
The Big Bookp. 97
About the Programp. 102
The Twelve Stepsp. 105
The Promisesp. 109
The Traditionsp. 109
AA Meetingsp. 111
Obtaining a Sponsorp. 115
Lead Storiesp. 116
Criticisms of Alcoholics Anonymousp. 118
4. "My Lead"p. 123
5. Recoveryp. 155
The Processp. 156
Rock Bottomp. 159
Symptoms to Expectp. 161
Treatment Centersp. 164
Surrender versus Compliancep. 166
Withdrawalp. 168
Preventionp. 169
Relapse and Roadblocksp. 170
Alcoholics Anonymous as Aftercarep. 177
Spirituality versus Religionp. 178
The Disney Godp. 179
Feel Good--Feel Badp. 180
Dealin' with Feelin'p. 182
Stinking Thinkingp. 183
HALTp. 183
Upside Downp. 184
Interventionp. 187
The Pink Cloudp. 191
6. Tools for Successp. 193
Change Not the Patternp. 193
"Act as If"p. 194
Separation of Thoughtsp. 195
Behavioral Imageryp. 195
Humilityp. 196
Spirituality and Faithp. 197
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessingp. 198
Adjustment to Acceptancep. 199
Positive Addictionsp. 200
Communicationp. 202
Refusal Skillsp. 203
Physical Fitnessp. 204
Therapy, et al.p. 206
Enjoy the Momentp. 207
Gratitudep. 208
Expectationsp. 209
Rational-Emotive Therapyp. 212
7. Shameoborosp. 215
The Scar That Will Not Healp. 216
Reaffirmation of Traumap. 218
Let the Games Beginp. 219
The Compulsivity of It Allp. 221
The Circle Jerkp. 221
The Recipep. 223
Breaking the Cyclep. 224
Giving It Back (to Keep It)p. 227
8. Laughing, Listening, and Learningp. 231
An Alcoholic Goes to Churchp. 232
An Alcoholic Goes to Heavenp. 232
A Walk on the Beachp. 233
Jump Off the Bridgep. 233
The Nuclear Reactorp. 234
The Alcoholic on a Hikep. 234
Jesus Knows Who He Isp. 235
Jesus in a Barp. 235
Jury Dutyp. 236
Who Took God?p. 236
Two Brothersp. 237
A Fly in Your Drinkp. 238
The Plane Ridep. 238
Ten Shotsp. 239
An Alcoholic Dreamsp. 239
I Am Todayp. 240
The Doctorp. 241
9. Slogans for Recoveryp. 243
10. Prayer and Meditationp. 249
Desideratap. 251
The Serenity Prayerp. 252
Sanskrit Proverbp. 252
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrowp. 253
Thank You, God, for AAp. 253
The Lord's Prayerp. 254
The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisip. 254
Live for Todayp. 255
Third Step Prayerp. 255
Seventh Step Prayerp. 255
For the Grace of Humilityp. 255
Freedom to Be Uniquep. 256
Overcoming Perfectionismp. 256
Sharingp. 257
God's Answerp. 257
Develop Your Compassionp. 258
Foundation for Lifep. 258
"Help Me" Prayerp. 259
Rejecting Shamep. 259
Having Lovep. 260
Saying Nop. 260
Finding Peacep. 261
Seeking Balancep. 261
Answers to Prayerp. 262
About Lyingp. 262
A Prayer for Forgivenessp. 262
God, I Give You Mep. 263
A Prayer of Gratitudep. 264
Wholenessp. 265
Jesus Speaksp. 265
To Concludep. 266
Research, References, and Suggested Readingsp. 267

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