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The Tao of sobriety : helping you to recover from alcohol and drug addiction
Gregson, David.
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New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, [2002]

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ix, 176 pages ; 21 cm
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The Tao of Sobriety shows how to apply eastern philosophy to enhance recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. With a few simple mental exercises, readers can learn how to quiet "The Committee," those nasty mental voices that undermine serenity and self-esteem. With leaders of the recovery movement enthusiastically endorsing this uniquely helpful book, The Tao of Sobriety is an invaluable addition to the recovery bookshelf.

Author Notes

David Gregson is a counselor currently specializing in drug and alcohol misuse issues. He practices at West Coast Alternatives Society with the best crew in all of beautiful British Columbia. Jay S. Efran, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Psychological Services Center at Temple University and has been a therapist for more than thirty years. He has served as President of the Academic Division of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association and is the recipient of several teaching awards. He also presents workshops for psychotherapists and family therapists here and abroad.

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Getting and Giving Help In The Tao of Sobriety: Helping You to Recover from Alcohol and Drug Addiction, longtime therapists David Gregson and Jay S. Efran offer a self-help book designed either to work in tandem with 12-step programs or to help addicts get sober without group help. After a brief explanation of Taoism (a Chinese philosophy and religion whose practitioners seek inner peace), the authors present the Tao, a Chinese term meaning "the way," as an ideal vehicle for attaining and maintaining freedom from substance addiction. Replete with anecdotes, exercises (meditations, questions to explore, affirmations) and real-life applications of Taoist precepts (letting go of attachments to guilt and other "self-condemnation" behaviors that lead to substance abuse), this guide uses the firm but gentle approach that is the trademark of many Eastern practices. ( Jan. 18) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Forewordp. 1
Chapter 1 Introductionp. 7
A Word About Twelve-Step Programsp. 8
What Is the Tao?p. 8
Chapter 2 Alcohol, Drugs, and Youp. 12
Discovery 1 Innocence in Spiritp. 13
Aaron's Storyp. 13
Reality-Altering Substancesp. 16
More Gain Than Painp. 18
Beyond Alcohol and Drugsp. 19
Chapter 3 I Think, Therefore I Amp. 21
Odd Insights About Usp. 22
Who's the Boss?p. 23
Journeying Deeper into Beingp. 25
A Practical Examplep. 27
Discovery 2 Listening to the Internal Conversationp. 28
Who Are You?p. 29
Discovery 3 The Space That Is Youp. 29
The One and the Otherp. 30
Higher Math: The One and the Manyp. 31
Discovery 4 Discovering Who You Arep. 32
Who's Got the Power?p. 32
Chapter 4 Managing the Mindp. 35
Discovery 5 Enhancing the Managerp. 36
Biker Stanp. 36
Discovery 6 Making a Commitmentp. 38
Discovery 7 Mindfulness and Detachmentp. 41
Practice Makes Perfectp. 45
Chapter 5 Conversing with Drugs and Alcoholp. 47
Discovery 8 Reflecting on Chemical Substances and Youp. 48
A Proof of Innocencep. 51
Discovery 9 A Heart of Innocencep. 52
Chapter 6 Attaining Balancep. 60
Chapter 7 Revitalizing Desirep. 65
Discovery 10 Identifying Mental Banditosp. 67
Ted's Storyp. 70
Chapter 8 Reexamining Transgressionsp. 76
Discovery 11 Transgression Inventoryp. 77
Laura's Storyp. 78
The Hopelessness Monsterp. 81
David's Storyp. 81
The Possibility of Possibilityp. 83
Discovery 12 Acknowledging Possibilityp. 83
Possibility and Patiencep. 84
The Pleasures of Irresponsibilityp. 85
Chapter 9 Thoughts, Feelings, Actionsp. 87
Knowing More About Your Systemp. 88
Furthering Detachmentp. 91
Chapter 10 Practicing Detachmentp. 95
Discovery 13 An Inch That's Greater Than a Milep. 96
David's Bugsp. 98
Good Self-Talkp. 100
Hacking a New Pathp. 100
Jack's Storyp. 101
Discovery 14 Practicing Self-Talkp. 102
Chapter 11 Strengthening Commitmentp. 104
The Hoax of Winningp. 107
Taking the Good with the Badp. 110
Discovery 15 Attack of the Aliensp. 112
Chapter 12 Life as Theaterp. 115
Chapter 13 Revising the Scriptp. 124
The Power of Commitmentp. 127
Discovery 16 Reflecting on Your Life as a Storyp. 128
Discovery 17 A Replay with the Manager in Chargep. 130
Discovery 18 Self-Beliefsp. 133
Chapter 14 Reality and Illusionp. 135
The Middle Way Revisitedp. 137
A Real-Life Video Gamep. 140
Chapter 15 Plenty of Nothingp. 143
Discovery 19 One Is the Loneliest Numberp. 147
Bringing It Homep. 149
Chapter 16 Acceptance: Choosing Lifep. 151
Defining Acceptancep. 152
Inclusion and Exclusionp. 154
The Acceptance of Sufferingp. 155
Discovery 20 Expanding Acceptancep. 158
Avoiding a Steady Statep. 162
Chapter 17 Retracing the Journeyp. 165
The Tao of Sobriety in a Nutshell: A Handy Crib Sheetp. 173
Referencesp. 175