This is very much an introductory episode to the Recovery in Chaos podcast. In it, I explain why I named the podcast as I did, and a bit about my background and journey in recovery. I also explain what the word "recovery" means, in a clinical sense.
I forgot to mention in the episode that I have released Thinking Recovery, my new eBook, on this site. Since you're already here, why don't you follow the link on the bottom of the page, and download the book so you'll have it for the next episode.
The episode goes on to discuss cognitive recovery itself, what it is, and how it differs from other recovery methodologies. I also explore the four commonalities present in the recoveries of those who overcame their self-defeating behaviors either without help, or with only minimal assistance.
This post is the first of the “New Era” of this website. I recently gave a talk at a gathering here in Ajijic outlining my plans for a new book, “Recovering in Chaos,” and a podcast of the same name. Below is the text of that talk in its entirety, making this a much longer post than usual. Sorry for that, but here are the reasons that I see for writing the book and doing the podcast.
I wrote Powerless No Longer because I couldn’t not write it. I saw a need to do what I could to spread the word about cognitive recovery in an environment that at the time was overtly hostile to the idea that there might be a better way to approach addiction than the traditional 12-step modality. Today, most of that hostility has dissipated, at least in the professional community, primarily due to hundreds of studies done in the last five years demonstrating the efficacy of cognitive tools.
One result of this is the exponential growth of SMART Recovery, the leading self-help group using evidence-based methodologies. When I became involved with SMART in 2006, there were perhaps 200 meetings in the US and Canada, period. Today, the story is a little different. There are now 2,500 meetings on six continents, and over a hundred scientific peer reviewed papers on various aspects of the SMART program.
This growth is due to several factors, one of the important ones being the acceptance of cognitive methods in the battle against addiction by the professional community, but one of the primary drivers has been the surge in the need for recovery programs of all types due to the significant recent uptick in overdoses and addictive problems in general.
The tentative title of my new book and podcast is Recovering in Chaos. First I’ll explain why I chose the title, then I’m going to try and make the case that the exploding addiction and overdose problems in the US aren’t totally due to the factors we’re told they are. Lastly, I’ll talk about potential solutions, but unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of positive things to say about the possibilities.Continue reading
The Kindle version of Powerless No Longer will be free-of-charge on Amazon for the next two full days, beginning at midnight tonight (PDT). This is one of the promotional tools Amazon offers to authors who use Amazon exclusively. The promotion will end at midnight on the 26th of September.
The only thing I ask in return is that you consider writing a review on Amazon, if you think the book has value. Please feel free to tell anyone you think might be interested in this free offer. I don’t know if I will ever offer it again at this price.
Some information on the book can be found here.
Thank you for your support, and your interest in Powerless.
The hard copy version of Powerless No Longer is finally available for purchase on Amazon, along with the Kindle version. Here is the link to the book’s page. I would like to thank all of you for your support over the years, and I hope the final product meets your expectations.