Outstanding Book Award for The Recovery Book!

We are thrilled to announce that The Recovery Book just won an Outstanding Book Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors!
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The Recovery Book   Co-authors of The Recovery Book, Catherine Dold, Al J. Mooney, MD, and Howard Eisenberg, at Workman Publishing in NYC.
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#RecoveryTalk Twitter Chat on Relapse Prevention – The Best Tweets

Did you miss the #RecoveryTalk Twitter chat with Dr. Al Mooney? Twitter_logo_blue

Never fear, we have a Storify roundup of the best tweets. Learn all about relapse and relapse prevention:  #RecoveryTalk Chat with Al J. Mooney, MD

 

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How to Talk With Your Doctor About A Medical or Dental Procedure When You’re in Recovery

If you have a medical or dental procedure planned, you’ll need to be extra vigilant about your recovery. Taking any mood-altering medications before, during or after your procedure can put you at high risk for a relapse.stethoscope-heart

In The Recovery Book, we suggest you return to the Red Zone and ramp up your recovery program at such times. (Read more about the Recovery Zone System in our Quick Start Guide post.)

You should also talk with your doctor or dentist about medications before the day of your procedure. The “Dear Doctor” letter below can help you to broach the topic. Print it out and take it with you to an appointment; use the information to start a conversation. Be honest with your health care provider, and enlist their help in your efforts to avoid relapse.

The Dear Doctor letter below was originally written by staff at Willingway Hospital; it was recently updated by Al J. Mooney, MD. 

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Dear Doctor,

I understand that you have scheduled my medical procedure as quickly as possible. Although I have faith in you and your skills, I am not looking forward to this experience. However, I know you have my best interest in mind.

We have talked about my experiences as a recovering alcoholic/addict and how I have a special sensitivity to any mood-altering substances, including medications that could be given before, during or after the procedure. I have learned during my recovery that about 10% of the general population have an addiction to alcohol or drugs and that this addiction takes the form of a kind of allergic response to chemicals which change brain activity and reward systems.

My brain’s response to these chemicals can be immediate, such as cravings for similar drugs; or it can be more gradual, where my thinking and perception become altered in such a way that my motivation for sobriety decreases and I return to old patterns of behavior closely linked to my substance abuse. Continue Reading →

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Join Us For A #RecoveryTalk Twitter Chat: January 29, 8 pm eastern

Join us for fast and fun #RecoveryTalk Twitter chat this Thursday evening, hosted by Delray Recovery Center, SoberNation, and Party Sober clothing. Dr. Al J. Mooney will be tweeting about relapse and how to bounce back.

Never done a Twitter chat? Easiest way is to go to http://twubs.com/recoverytalk, log in with your Twitter account, and follow along. That service automatically adds the hashtag to your tweets.

Or you can just open up Twitter and search for the hashtag #RecoveryTalk. Use the hashtag in your tweets, and you’ll be part of the conversation. (You can also set up a column in a third-party interface like Hootsuite or Tweetdeck to follow along.)

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“Growing Up Chaotic” Radio Host Dawn Clancy Talks With Dr. Al Mooney

“The Recovery Book is absolutely the Bible of addiction recovery. There is so much great information and resources in these pages. But most of all, you will find hope in these pages as well.” — Dawn Clancy

The host of “Growing Up Chaotic,” Dawn Clancy, interviewed Dr. Al.

Give a listen to the show.

(And please share with a friend!)

 

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Ask Dr. Al: What is Recovery?

What is Recovery?

Getting and staying sober is the first priority when someone gets into recovery. But most soon learn that recovery is about so much more. Here are some basic truths about living in recovery.

Recovery is a way of life. Recovery is about building and enjoying a better life for yourself in sobriety. It’s about finding and developing loving relationships, solid friendships, strong community ties, satisfying work, and invigorating play. It’s about spending your life in good health and good spirits. It’s about living a good life steeped in the culture of recovery.What is Recovery

Recovery is about healing. Over time you’ll notice that your body is healing. Even  better, your brain will be healing as well. Addiction hijacked your brain, making it very hard for you to make good choices. As you focus your thoughts and actions on sobriety and recovery, your cravings will disappear and your thoughts will no longer focus solely on getting your next fix. Thinking about recovery, and building your life around it, will be your new normal.

Recovery is a process. It takes time. You can’t expect it all to happen overnight. You need to build your new life one day at a time, on top of a rock-solid foundation. That means following the Recovery Zone System, where you focus first on saving your life (Red Zone) and then on rebuilding it (Yellow Zone). Eventually, you’ll reach the point where you can celebrate your life and share the gift of recovery with others (Green Zone).

For many people, the process also means sticking with a 12-step support fellowship like AA or NA. In fact, these two pathways—the Recovery Zone System and the 12-step philosophy—work hand in hand. Continue Reading →

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