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My Way Out: One Woman's Remarkable Journey in Overcoming Her Drinking Problem and How Her Innovative Program Can Help You or Someo [Paperback]

Roberta Jewell

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March 30 2005 0976247909 978-0976247906
Research indicates one out of 13 Americans suffers a drinking problem and four problem drinkers exist for every "hard core alcoholic". It is one of our country’s most significant health issues and a pervasive secret epidemic. Those affected are desperate for help but do not fit the alcoholic profile. So instead of seeking help, they suffer in silence.

In My Way Out, Jewell describes her history as a highly functional alcoholic and her decades of research in battling her addiction. Written in collaboration with Dr. Linda Garcia, MD, the search ultimately led her to develop a program calling upon experts in multiple fields.

Jewell’s therapy is based upon a 2002 double blind study published in The Lancet, a highly esteemed British medical journal, which reported results of a medication that ameliorated craving in drinkers. Having tried and failed a "simple pill" approach herself with another prescription drug, Jewell took it one step further, integrating a powerful self-hypnosis program, nutritional supplementation, and other essential elements, creating an incredibly effective, easy-to-follow system, the results of which have startled even the most conservative practitioners within the medical community.

In what may become the hottest recovery book to hit the market in years, My Way Out shows readers how their craving can be curbed immediately and easily in the privacy of their own homes; why a multi-faceted approach is extraordinarily more effective than a single-modality solution; that drinkers don’t need to attend AA if they’re not comfortable doing so; and that when appropriate, moderation (social drinking) is an acceptable strategy for problem drinkers if they are provided the proper tools and treatment.

Jewell broke all the rules when, as a lay person, she developed an effective program that finally offers hope to alcohol dependent individuals. And she did the same when writing My Way Out, a book that crosses genres as a self-help, autobiographical, research, and motivational read. Given the overwhelming success of those who underwent the program, she was surprised to learn that traditional book agents and reviewers wouldn’t touch it. But if the email pouring in to the publisher from early test subjects whose lives have been transformed by this extraordinary program is any example, there’s no question My Way Out will become a standard text on the shelves of people truly motivated for a life change, or of those who seek to help others affected by an addiction they have been powerless to control.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 153 pages
  • Publisher: Capalo Press (March 30 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976247909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976247906
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.1 x 1.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #363,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time someone wrote a book like this... Sept. 17 2005
By A reader - Published on Amazon.com
Finally, a book and a program that tackles the physiological reasons for alcohol dependency and don't preach abstinence as the only way to deal with it. For everyone that has tried and failed with AA or in-patient programs, or those (like me) who just knew they were never the type for these kinds of treatment, My Way Out is a Godsend. Roberta Jewell spent years researching the underlying causes of her own dependency, and through personal trials of new treatments, developed a comprehensive program that helps you "rewire" your brain to kick dependency once and for all.

This book is well researched and its recommendations based upon a number of top-notch (think Harvard caliber) clinical trials involving both herbal and off-label uses of more traditional drugs in curbing alcohol cravings. But, it also emphasizes nutritional supplements, as those with alcohol dependency are typically woefully lacking in some of the most basic vitamins, minerals and amino acids. (And restoring proper balance is key in keeping cravings at bay.) Exercise, nutrition and some really great self-hypnosis CDs round the program out.

I was a very heavy drinker and quit cold turkey. Four days later, in some desperation to find help, I found this book. I immediately started on the program and immediately found relief in my cravings. I have not felt this good in years, and everyone tells me I look fantastic. I am drinking moderately and know that I can have an occasional glass of wine, without feeling like I'm going to spiral back into my old ways. It's a fantastic feeling. It's a NORMAL feeling.

Part of the beauty of this program is that it is highly customizable to the individual. If you choose to be abstinent, it works for you. If you chose to be a moderate drinker, it works for you. If some aspects of the program work more than others for you, then you focus more energy in those areas. There is also a wonderful online community of people who are going through the program at the same time where you can chat, ask questions and generally support each other.

If you are finally ready to stop letting alcohol control your life, you absolutely must read this book.
46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful program..highly recommend Sept. 18 2005
By Jen - Published on Amazon.com
First, even if you are in AA, this is a must read. This program addresses alcoholism not only from a psychological standpoint, but as a physiological problem that many rehabs and programs don't address adequately. The recommendations in this book have done wonders for my alcohol cravings, and for the first time in my life, I think I may be able to live without this substance that I have come to love and depend on so much. This program gives you the option to drink moderately or be abstinent and certainly does not have a negative view towards AA, which means that I think those of you who are struggling in AA could combine this program with that one and see things improve greatly. There isn't a magic cure, but if you have motivation and follow this program to the tee, I guarantee you will see the results you are hoping for. Good luck!

**Edited to Add** 1/7/08 It's now my belief that working this program lead me to find that I had no choice but to quit drinking and follow AA and all of its spiritual components. I believe that we all have a path to acceptance that we cannot drink anymore, and this was part of my journey.
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breakthrough Program for alcohol addiction March 28 2005
By Alice Greenbear - Published on Amazon.com
Deborah McCorkle, Herbalist (Alaska) As an herbal and nutritional consultant I've researched for years to find a workable, affordable program to help people with alcohol cravings. This book has put together the best of all the herbal and nutritional supplements, simplified down so people AREN'T overwhelmed by huge handfuls of expensive supplements 3 times per day (as I've found in some plans). Her nutritional plan is well thought out, affordable, and very easy to follow. The addition of the latest pharmaceutical research and powerful hypnotherapy rounds out a very effective, workable program.

This book is easy to read and feels like reading a story from a good friend: full of honesty and humor. 'My Way Out' is a wonderful tool that should be in the hands of any Dr. working with alcohol-related health problems, or any person struggling with alcohol and their family members. Roberta Jewell has put together a concise, proven, easy to follow program that let's people know it's NOT THEIR FAULT! It takes away the awful blame in our culture that keeps people buried in shame and blocks them from seeking help. There IS a bio-chemical reason for people's drinking problems. There is HOPE and and there is help.
35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book and program, looking forward to next edition Jan. 12 2006
By David - Published on Amazon.com
After reviewing what must have been several hundreds, or perhaps thousands?? of messages on the discussion board offered as support for this program I finally made the decision to throw caution to the wind and give this program a try so I ordered the book. My curiosity was piqued, I admit. How is it so many people like me who hadn't any luck with other recovery programs were waxing eloquent about this one? It was such a feminine looking book, it turned me off a bit actually. But to be honest I was at my wit's end with the drinking. I won't bore with you with the details, if you've been in the same place you know the story, you can cry your own river. I needed some help, I was turning into a despicable fella, although I'm a perfect gentleman, successful high achiever when not blotty buggering drunk as my ex-college roomie would say. Apologies if I offended any Brits. But I digress. The bottom line is this: I bought the book, I followed the program and it has been working magnificently for me. I would like to see Jewell revise the book since she has made minor changes since publishing last year, however the depth of discussion and information provided on her message board covers such topics. I do not post messages there but I check in regularly. The bottom line is this: the MYO program is very effective and this books lays it out in an easy to follow manner. The book is probably a bit ahead of its time as are many important scientific breakthroughs but slowly it seems that doctors and others are catching on. It appears to be receiving quite a bit of press. If you are like me and you don't care for group meetings and you don't want rehab and you've read all the 'my way or the highway' rubbish then this book and this program are for you. Likewise, if you've read the new age rubbish touting this or that, where you are inspired for about a week and then you find yourself back in the same old rut, then this is probably the program for you, as well. I am quite amazed at how the combination of medication, hypnosis and vitamins flipped off a switch in my brain. I am quite grateful and humbled to have found this program. It requires dedication but anyone who lives with this situation and truly wants to make a profound change will understand that this is a chance to do it and a second chance at the life they wish to live.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible book, incredible program Aug. 9 2005
By Reviewer in Cincinnati - Published on Amazon.com
It's no wonder this book is beginning to capture more and more media attention (I heard the authors interviewed on a morning radio program and was intrigued). It takes a refreshingly new approach to addiction and introduces an effective, blended therapy that makes sense. As a "problem drinker" for decades I had been searching for a solution for many years. Before purchasing the book I was a little skeptical, so I reviewed the feedback of others who had embarked on the program and were posting messages on the discussion board associated with the program. I was very impressed and soon, I was one of them (posting anonymously). The program works and it works very quickly. The book lays the steps out and is easy to follow. Many of us have marveled that Roberta's story is our own. The shame, the lack of control, the fact that nobody knew as we drank ourselves into oblivion many nights. That we woke up in the morning filled with self loathing. That we tried everything else to rid ourselves of this horrible and disgusting addiction. And then, the coming out of it. Roberta (who goes by "RJ" on the message board) claims she never intended to write a book but was so overwhelmed at how well this program worked for her, she felt compelled to share it with others. I, for one, am grateful that she did.

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