Self-help books for dealing with alcohol abuse
August 7, 2012 11:14 AM Subscribe
I abuse alcohol. I'm looking for self-help books.
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (16 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I see there are several questions addressing alcohol abuse already, and I have reviewed a few of them - but I haven't seen any book recommendations.
A little background: I'm currently in treatment. I've had a few meetings with a counselor through an out-patient alcohol management program offered by my health system. I'm also seeing a therapist so that I can better deal with my depression and anxiety, which no doubt contribute to my drinking.
The alcohol management program has assigned readings. In a recent assignment, I was presented with a list of strategies for reducing or eliminating drinking. I was asked to select which strategies I've tried, and which strategies I think might work for me. I plan to use several strategies, but one in particular I'd like to try is reading a self-help book.
I've found a few on Amazon, but most have only a few reviews, so I'm hoping that one or two of you have read a book you'd enthusiastically endorse.
I'd be happy to read a book that focuses on either moderation or abstention. My long-term goal is moderation to the extent that I am abstinent most days (and drink perhaps 1-2 glasses of wine, a few times a year). My primary care physician has advised that total abstention may be easier, however, so I am open to that idea as well.
If it matters, I am female, in my mid-thirties.
Please let me know if you'd like more information - I'll e-mail jessamyn or mathowie with my responses.