During my sobriety last year, I read quite a few books about getting sober. Each author left me with a nugget or two to ponder, some nuggets more helpful than others. Here are some of my personal take-aways:
Allen Carr – Alcohol is poison. This poison is always harmful and if you can convince yourself of that, quitting is easy. I found this line of thought helpful to a point, but I still struggled with the fact that alcohol is so normalized in society and among my own friends and family.
Caroline Knapp – Wine is awesome until it destroys your life. The first part of her book, where she describes her love of wine, made me want to drink. And since my own life had not been destroyed, I had trouble relating to the second part.
Augusten Burroughs: To give up alcohol, you have to have a thing you want more than you want to drink. In his case, it was writing. This scared me. What if I don’t have a “thing”?!
Sarah Hepola: Drinking makes you insane and quitting is terrible. Her book was entertaining but didn’t help me.
Ann Dowsett Johnston: Alcohol is particularly dangerous for women because of our body chemistry. And the alcohol industry has begun specifically targeting women in recent marketing campaigns. Now this made me want to not drink! I found her book very helpful and am rereading it again now.
Mrs. D: Give it up for good. Walk away and then figure things out as you go. Life in the raw is not easy, but it’s better. Nice! Love it! But where are the second thoughts? I need to learn how to manage those. And I have trouble with the idea of forever.
I read other authors too, but these are the ones I remember best. I’d love to hear suggestions for my reading list if you have them!