Altruistic and empathetic intent, followed by intuitive and thoughtful action, equals an authentic and meaningful life.
~ Rolf Ankermann
Welcome to the website for my book;
The Freedom to Recover, an evolutionary and realistic guide to overcoming alcoholism
without the dogma of the AA church and its 12 step religion.
"You are NOT powerless"
The purpose of the site is basically two fold.
One is to give you a description of the book in the hopes that you will pick up a copy*** and
hopefully get something out of it. If the initial reviews are any indication, I'm confident that my book can become
a great resource to those who want to take the initiative in their own recovery efforts.
The second is to provide a forum in which to share
constructive and insightful ideas in regards to the subject of recovery.
Towards that end, I’ve included a blog in which I will introduce different topic ideas,
say my piece, and invite all to share their take.
It is not my intent to turn this blog into an AA bashing forum.
There are plenty of places to go on the internet if you want to engage in that
sort of thing. The sole reason for my criticism of the AA organization is to
point out that just because it is the most widely accepted recovery option, that
does not mean that it is the best or even a very good one for that matter. In order
for a new paradigm in any field to be established, the old one has to be questioned
and stripped down. The old adage of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is fine if it
isn’t broken. I don’t believe the AA model was ever a very good one to begin
with. More people recover on their own every day than they do with any form of
rehab available. I believe that the way in which they do so includes a
combination of the ideas that I discuss at length in my book.
The whole intent is to help you get better and reclaim your
life. If you believe that the AA model is doing just that and you’re happy with
it, then by all means keep doing what makes sense to YOU.
If, however, something doesn’t seem right; if having to admit
some sort powerlessness over your plight or having to depend on a higher power
instead of your own resolve doesn’t feel like the healthiest approach,
then you may be in the right place.
All I know is that my life has been nothing short of amazing
since I decided to CHOOSE sobriety as a state of being.
How you get there actually does matter.
Best of luck to you all,
***P.S. Please note that we have added a "feedback" page to the site and encourage those of you who have read the book to weigh in and give us your honest opinion- the good, the bad and the hopefully not so ugly (ha ha). I'm happy to say that so far, there's been more good than ugly! ;-)
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