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
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!
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.