A few years ago, when I decided to quit smoking following a major heart attack, one of the techniques that made it easier was seeing myself as a nonsmoker. I visualized a person with fresh breath, no little holes in his shirt, no nicotine stains on his fingers, and no pack of smokes in his pocket. A person who could answer the phone, read the paper in the morning, have a cup of coffee, deal with stress, and socialize, all without having a cigarette constantly burning nearby. Not just any person either, it had to be myself in a new role.
To some extent, I used the same technique years before when I quit drinking, but not as consciously as I did with smoking. With drinking, I had to first convince myself that there even was a life without alcohol before I could see myself in it. Once I decided there was, I could imagine myself in all sorts of situations, even attending my daughter’s wedding, without a drink.Continue reading
My hour-long radio interview with Ken Anderson of HAMS has been posted. You can hear it here. I enjoyed the interview, it was an excellent chance to talk about the book, SMART, and some ideas about recovery. There are other interviews on Ken’s Blogtalk site that should be of interest to the recovery community, and I encourage you to take a look up there.
Kenneth Anderson, the Executive Director of HAMS: Harm Reduction for Alcohol, will be interviewing me on his Blogtalk Radio site at 8 PM Eastern tonight. The subject matter will be my book, Powerless No Longer. If that time is inconvenient, I will post a link to the podcast here tomorrow.
Powerless No Longer has been released as an audio book! David Smalley, and his fine crew at Dogma Debate have produced and released an audio version on the Amazon affiliate, Audible.com. Those of you who have been waiting for the audio version can purchase it here.
I am very pleased with the way the book has been selling, and I thank all of you for your support over the years. This version opens up a whole new market for Powerless, and will allow it to reach many more people. I would like to thank David for his belief in the book, and his willingness to invest his time and resources in the scribblings of an unknown author. His comment after completing his voiceover of the book was:
“I never really struggled with a major addiction outside of cigarettes many years ago; but after I was done with this voiceover, I realized how much it has helped me in every day life, to perceive reality and take inventory of the emotions I applied to situations. It’s helped me in relationships, and to even make progress in my business. I am a better person after reading this book.”
Powerless is beginning to sell in the overseas market as well as the US,which is very gratifying to me, as I never expected the book to become known outside of a relatively small circle. I thank you all!