November 19, 2013

Relapse prevention book getting buzz

A new book has been receiving wide recognition for its insights into helping people in recovery keep relapse at bay.

Author and recovering alcoholic Scott Stevens' book “Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud: Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety” uses startling statistics and fresh medical discoveries interwoven with his personal account of the disease to identify key stressors that lead to relapse and success factors that help prevent it.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 21.9 percent of women and 42.3 percent of men have three or more drinks on a “typical drinking day.” Every person with an alcohol use disorder affects, on average, another eight people. Alcohol is the leading drug of abuse in the United States and the third-leading cause of death. Nine of ten ex-drinkers relapse: Stevens answers 'Why would anyone return to the misery?'

A mutual fund executive by day, Stevens once had a two-liters-a-day whiskey problem.

“I wanted to tell how relapse feels. You don't need a Ph.D. to read it. I felt it was important to include real experience plus the clinical research. Using my own story let me say to alcoholics, 'I'm just like you. I have been through the emotions, from anger to joy, before and after quitting.' The message in the back third of the book gives compelling medical reasons to not drink in the first place and why non-alcoholics should care. The material leading up to it is research I wish I knew during my struggles.”

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