Relapse Prevention and the 12 Steps of Recovery
Enough Already!: A Guide to Recovery from Alcohol and Drug Addiction is an easy read that teaches in detail what to do to get and stay sober using the free 12-step programs, i.e. AA and NA. The book includes an exploration of how relapse prevention tools are utilized to increase chances of long-term recovery. It also includes an exploration of the actual 12 steps of recovery and how they can enable recovering addicts to feel comfortable in their own skin. Here is a breakdown of the main recovery principles the reader will learn about:
- The disease model of alcohol / drug addiction
- Time tested tools of recovery
- Clear instruction on how to get started in recovery while utilizing the “Recovery Checklist”
- Relapse prevention tools
- The 12 Steps of AA and other 12 Step programs
- Relapse Prevention through emotional coping skills
- A final inspiring chapter called: “The Miracle.”
Very often, when alcoholics and drug addicts reach out for help by calling drug treatment centers, they are challenged by the high cost of such treatment. If they have poor insurance coverage or cannot afford it, they are referred to county-funded programs. Such programs typically have month-long waiting lists. The regret Bob experiences when making such “empty” referrals is the drive behind this book. His hope is that people can refer alcoholics and addicts to Enough Already! knowing they are providing a resource they can use right away. Bob’s vision is that anyone who wants help, would like relapse prevention tools, and cannot access treatment for any reason, can receive his message and get their lives back.
It is also being utilized as a treatment resource at multiple drug treatment programs for patients struggling with specific areas of recovery. It is also being utilized in several detoxification programs to educate on the importance of ongoing recovery.
Enough Already! is also currently being utilized as a textbook in the following Alcohol and Drug Studies Programs:
- InterCoast Colleges (eight campuses)
- Loyola Marymount University (LMU) Extension
- U.S. Navy – San Diego Campus
- University of California at San Diego (UCSD)
- L. A. Pierce College
- L.A. Southwest College
- L.A. Training Institute for Alcohol & Drug Counselors
- Centaur University
- Career Colleges of America.
Enough Already! is an excellent resource for the addict’s family members who do not understand addiction and recovery. In fact, several interventionists have families read the book prior to going through with the intervention. It will help family members to understand what they are dealing with and to discover what recovery from addiction looks like.
Finally, Enough Already! is an excellent adjunct to alcohol and drug treatment. It is also ideal for use in aftercare programs as the addict builds a post-treatment program of recovery in the community while treatment intensity is being weaned down.