My Recovery | Carla: Transgender and Alcoholic

Before she became Carla, she was Carl. Being transgender was private and not something she ever felt comfortable opening up about at meetings, but her sponsors always told her: “It’s no big deal.  In AA we don’t judge. You are one of us.” Says Carla,“They were right. AA became my best support system. Not only for my recovery. For my gender change, too.”

I had my first drink at 12 and at 14 was drinking most weekends. I goofed around in high school, took minimum credits the first half of college and spent the rest of my time partying. Halfway through college, as my girlfriend was breaking up with me she declared, “You’re going nowhere!”

Resentment worked. I’d show her and I did. For the next two college years, I only drank on weekends, and in law school limited myself to one weekend a month and graduated with honors. I was smugly proud of the victory of my resolve and willpower and relieved that — unlike some of my brothers who’d lost jobs and marriages — I could control my drinking. Little did I know that one of the hallmarks of a problem drinker is controlled drinking. Continue Reading →

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West Coast Book Launch ~ at the NAADAC Conference

West coast launch of The Recovery Book – done!

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

Dr. Mooney also sat down for a chat with Recovery Coast to Coast radio host Neil Scott, who called The Recovery Book the “Bible of recovery.” 

Listen to Neil Scott’s interview with Dr. Mooney:


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 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

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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 /

“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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