I’m very happy and excited to announce that I have just published a new book called Get Sober Stay Sober: The Truth About Alcoholism. I’ve been working on this book for a very long time, about three years from start to actually being on the shelf date, so it is exhilarating to finally see it come to fruition.
Although I have a variety of different publications, this is the most meaningful and important piece of work I’ve ever created.
As a recovered alcoholic and drug addict with 21 years of uninterrupted sobriety, this book is part autobiography and part self-help, which means it is an issue that is deeply personal for me. With brutal honesty and candor I have literally poured myself into the pages of this book, as I share my own personal journey through addiction and recovery, as well as the most up-to-date scientific research on alcoholism and addiction.
Throughout the entire book I use examples from my own life with an occasional touch of humor first to highlight the profound impact of childhood abuse on not only addiction, but development in general, then to illustrate clearly the destructive force of addiction and the principles for recovery that I present. The tone is both professional and personal as I glide gracefully back and forth between story telling and self-help advice, which gives both alcoholics and health care providers a clear view inside the alcoholic’s mind and the impact of alcoholism and recovery on their life.
While there are a handful of books offering alternative recovery approaches, each of them focuses only on one particular philosophy: the biochemical, the psychological or the spiritual. Each of them fails to recognize that alcoholism is a complex multi-faceted illness and that successful recovery is dependent upon addressing all the facets. Even within their own philosophy, they often fail to see the whole picture. I bring the best of all three worlds together and cover all the bases needed to achieve permanent sobriety that is free from cravings and relapse.
Alcoholism is the third leading cause of preventable death. The current treatment approach for alcoholism, 12 step programs, has a success rate of between .01% and 2.5% for long-term sobriety. On the other hand, alternative treatment centers that employ the use of orthomolecular medicine have a success rate of 74%–80% and yet these methods are totally dismissed and ignored by mainstream treatment centers.
Although Get Sober Stay Sober is written for the active alcoholic, addicts of all kinds will find hope and answers in this book and so will friends and family members of the alcoholic or addict. Additionally, it will serve as a valuable educational resource to health care professionals, addiction specialists etc. who have a desire to learn more about addictive biochemistry, the importance of a holistic recovery plan and witness a firsthand account of how it works in the alcoholics life.
Here’s my press release that went out last week.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New Book Provides Alcoholics with Hope for Stable, Long-Term, Craving-Free Sobriety.
(Joshua Tree, CA, October 2009) Cynthia Perkins, M.Ed., publishes new book, “Get Sober Stay Sober: The Truth About Alcoholism,” to provide alcoholics with the little known facts they need for successful recovery.
Get Sober Stay Sober: The Truth About Alcoholism provides an invaluable review of current 21st century knowledge about alcoholism and its successful treatment! Despite past decades of unrelenting failure rates among traditional programs, the author can legitimately offer new hope for stable, lifelong recoveries by finally addressing alcoholism’s physical causes as well as its many effects,” says Joan Mathews-Larson, Ph.D., Executive Director, Health Recovery Center.
Once a hopeless drunk and drug addict, crippled with uncontrollable cravings, anxiety attacks and depression, Cynthia Perkins achieved long-term uninterrupted sobriety with this holistic recovery approach that combines cutting-edge findings in neuroscience and nutrition with traditional psychology and a dash of unorthodox spirituality. As part autobiography and part self-help, Cynthia shares her truth as both a fellow alcoholic and a mental health professional. Learn more at: http://www.alternatives-for-alcoholism.com/sober.html
Get Sober Stay Sober: The Truth About Alcoholism, brings together for the first time the best from the worlds of science, psychology and spirituality which results in an innovative, comprehensive recovery approach that gets to the root of alcoholism and enables the alcoholic to achieve long-term sobriety that is free of cravings and relapse without AA, the 12 steps, religion or succumbing to the powerlessness concept.
Cynthia tells us, “Most alcoholics do not recover with the 12 Step Program, they die from their disease. Even when treatment is successful, alcoholics continue to struggle with constant cravings for a drink or a drug and endure frequent relapse, because the 12 Step Program is an ineffective, outdated paradigm.
Alcoholics Anonymous was formally developed in 1935 when very little was understood about the process of addiction and desperation was the driving force. Scientific research now tells us that the drive to self-medicate with alcohol, drugs, sex, food etc. lies in biochemistry, not a spiritual illness, weak will, mental disorders or character flaws. Successful recovery occurs when we restore balance to our biochemistry.”
Cynthia Perkins, M.Ed., is a sobriety coach and a recovered alcoholic and drug addict with 21 years of uninterrupted sobriety. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling.
Get Sober Stay Sober: The Truth About Alcoholism
Retail Price: Paperback $19.95 – Ebook $14.95
On Demand Printing
Available at Ingram Book Group, Baker & Taylor, Amazon etc.
Review copies available on request
Alternatives for Alcoholism
Although the roots of alcoholism are physiological, it is a disease that affects every aspect of an individual’s life. It changes personality, alters cognitive functioning and interferes with spiritual connections. It impacts the physical, emotional, social and spiritual levels deeply; thus why a comprehensive approach that addresses all these issues is crucial.
In addition to the biochemistry or neurotransmitter aspect, we explore psychological issues like healing childhood trauma, developing a new identity, recovery of self, healing intimacy and relationship issues, sex addiction and overcoming sexual shame in relation to alcoholism. Additionally, we explore the meaning and importance of spirituality in relationship to alcoholism without a higher power.
The success rate for long-term sobriety of the current 12 step treatment approach is extremely low. The main reason for this failure is that they are missing the crucial biochemical piece of the puzzle that Get Sober Stay Sober: The Truth About Alcoholism provides. Another critical factor is that many people are uncomfortable and incapable of surrendering to the powerlessness concept, the cult-like, religious, brainwashing and being sentenced to a life of dependence on AA meetings. Alcoholics and addicts of all kinds are searching for effective alternatives that empower them. This book is that alternative.
Get Sober Stay Sober: The Truth About Alcoholism wraps it up by illustrating how the biochemical, psychological and spiritual are deeply intertwined and have a profound impact on one another and why a holistic approach is essential for successful long-term sobriety. We explore the definition and meaning of holistic in relation to alcoholism.
You can find excerpts from the book as well as an abundance of free information on alcoholism and addiction by visiting my Alternatives for Alcoholism website mentioned above. Learn more about the science of addiction and get the facts needed for successful recovery.