West Coast Book Launch ~ at the NAADAC Conference

West coast launch of The Recovery Book – done!

Dr. Al Mooney and Catherine Dold attended the NAADAC annual conference for addiction professionals in Seattle this past weekend, signing and giving away more than 400 copies of The Recovery Book to attendees.

Dr. Mooney also sat down for a chat with Recovery Coast to Coast radio host Neil Scott, and did an interview with King5 television, the local NBC station. Stay tuned for links to those shows.

Many thanks to Carol Lind Mooney and Recovery Houses Services for sponsoring The Recovery Book at their exhibit booth.

Al J. Mooney, MD (left), and Recovery Coast to Coast radio host Neil Scott.

Al J. Mooney, MD (left), and Recovery Coast to Coast radio host Neil Scott.


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Recovery Zone ReCheck – New in The Recovery Book

The Recovery Zone ReCheck is a simple relapse prevention plan. In every Recovery Zone, at all times, you will be at some risk of relapse, often when you least expect it. The Recovery Zone ReCheck helps you avoid relapses by regularly taking stock of your life.

Once a month or so, use the three Recovery Zone ReCheck questions to assess your life. They will help you see when changes are coming up—relationships, work, health, medication and so on—that could trigger a relapse. These changes can be almost anything: dental procedure, divorce, getting a raise, having a baby, moving to a new town. When you spot such road blocks, you move back a Zone or two, brush up on the guidelines of that Zone, re-commit to sobriety, and re-focus on recovery.

See pages 18-21 in The Recovery Book for all the details.

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My Recovery Story

Did you catch the video of Dr. Mooney’s grandson? He is sharing his family’s recovery story. He’s only 6, but he already knows that the disease of addiction can do great harm to a family — AND that recovery can break the cycle for an entire family. Happy endings do happen!

What is your recovery story? Your family’s story? Share it on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #myrecovery, on our Facebook page, or in the comments below. (If you prefer to stay anonymous, email it to us at TheRecoveryBook@gmail.com and we’ll post it for you.)


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Launching The Recovery Book at Cape Cod

Our first official book event was a signing at the Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders, held September 10-13 in Hyannis, MA. It was a huge success! Dr. Mooney signed 600 copies of the book for the addiction professionals who were attending the conference; at one point we had 40-50 people lined up to get a copy. Many thanks to Willingway for sponsoring the book signing at their exhibit booth.

Al J. Mooney, MD (seated), Catherine Dold, Jimmy Mooney

Al J. Mooney, MD (seated), Catherine Dold, Jimmy Mooney

























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The Recovery Book is here!

Today is the official release of The Recovery Book! Coauthors Al J. Mooney, MD, Catherine Dold and Howard Eisenberg all hope that it helps many people find a lifetime of sobriety and peace.

From Workman Publishing:The Recovery Book


Contact: Noreen Herits, (212) 614-7775 / noreen@workman.com

“A classic. Read it. Use it. It can help guide you step by step into the bright light of the world of recovery.”   —from the Foreword by Harry Haroutunian, M.D., Physician Director, Betty Ford Center

Hope, support, and a clear road map for the more than 23 million Americans with substance addiction

Answers to All Your Questions about Addiction and Alcoholism and Finding Health and Happiness in Sobriety

By Al J. Mooney, M.D., Catherine Dold, and Howard Eisenberg

Many people are now finally recognizing that addiction to alcohol and other drugs is a terrible disease. Heroin and prescription painkillers are destroying many families. More people now die of overdoses than in traffic accidents. Overcoming this epidemic requires decisive solutions. THE RECOVERY BOOK offers a clear path to a lifetime of sobriety, as well as advice for rebuilding a life so it has meaning and purpose.”                 —Al J. Mooney, M.D.

Long considered the bible of addiction recovery, THE RECOVERY BOOK (Workman Publishing / September 9, 2014 / $17.95) by Al J. Mooney, M.D., and health journalists Catherine Dold and Howard Eisenberg, provides hope, support, and real advice to the more than 23 million Americans who suffer from addiction to drugs and alcohol.

Publishing for the 25th anniversary of National Recovery Month, THE RECOVERY BOOK is completely revised and updated to feature all the latest in addiction science and recovery techniques, to include Dr. Mooney’s new Recovery Zone System, and address the increase in abuse of prescription drugs and heroin. Continue Reading →

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Heal Your Brain with TAMERS

We know so much more these days about the brain and how addiction affects it—and about how we can help it to heal.

Addiction doesn’t happen because someone is lazy or is a “bad person.” It’s a brain disease, pure and simple. In some people, repeated use of alcohol or other drugs causes profound structural and functional changes to the brain. The need for drugs becomes a compulsion that can’t be ignored; it is as ingrained in the brain as breathing or looking for food. Plus, the frontal lobe, the executive brain, is damaged and is no longer able to override those impulses with rational thoughts.

We used to think that the brain was set in stone once a person was grown. We now know that’s not true. In fact, the brain can grow and change at all ages, a concept known as neuroplasticity. When the brain changes for the worse in addiction, we refer to it as “negative neuroplasticity.” Continue Reading →

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