LONDON, June 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
The Happy Addict is the first addiction recovery book to pull together strategies from Coaching, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Neuro-linguistic Programming to help addicts achieve happiness in sobriety.
The Happy Addict : How to be Happy in Recovery from Alcoholism or Drug Addiction is the second book by Recovery Coach, Beth Burgess.
Unlike most recovery books, The Happy Addict combines therapy with humour, while tackling a serious subject, as it teaches addicts how to embrace sobriety and strive for their goals. Chapter titles include Life's a Bitch and then you Try, which covers how to let go of a painful past, and The Bacon Buttie of Contentment, which is about finding gratitude in sobriety.
"You can't write a book that is too 'heavy' and expect addicts to read it," Beth says. "I'm an addict myself, and we tend to be a cynical bunch with a dark sense of humour. The book appeals directly to that. I also share my experience of addiction and change, while coaching addicts towards their own personal fulfilment."
The Happy Addict is divided into fifteen chapters and each addresses how to take steps to create a new, sober life or how to let go of old negative thinking patterns.
"I've met a lot of addicts who are sober, but they just aren't happy," Beth says. "Often they have stopped drinking or taking drugs, but have done nothing to take their lives forward. They end up stuck, bored and sad. These are all ingredients for relapse."
The Happy Addict uses solution-focused therapies, which take a non-judgemental approach, and highlight personal strengths.
"Addicts are often plagued by negative feelings," Beth explains. "Low self esteem, self-pity and pessimism are common traits among addicts, and unfortunately there are a lot of shame-based treatments out there which make the situation worse. Negativity can lead to relapse, which is why it is important that addicts get positive about themselves, their sobriety and their future."
"I am a happy addict, and I want every addict to experience what I have. It makes all the pain of the past worthwhile," she adds.
Beth's previous book, The Recovery Formula: An Addict's Guide to Getting Clean & Sober Forever, earned glowing endorsements from the CEO of the Welsh Council on Alcohol & Drugs, Wynford Ellis Owen, and Dr Robert LeFever, founder of PROMIS rehab centre.
The Happy Addict will be published on 3 July 2013 in paperback, RRP £9.99 and $15.99, by Eightball Publishing. ISBN: 978-0-9573217-1-7. The book can be ordered trough Amazon, Waterstones and Nielsen Booknet.
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About Beth Burgess
Beth Burgess is a recovered alcoholic, who now works as an addiction therapist at Smyls, a service she founded in order to help addicts achieve recovery and long-term happiness.
Topics: addiction recovery, alcohol addiction, addiction help, drug abuse and addiction, book, alcoholism, happiness