My Way Out: One Woman's Remarkable Journey in Overcoming Her Drinking Problem and How Her Innovative Program Can Help You or Someo Paperback – Mar 30 2005
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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.
**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.
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.