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Psychotherapist Michael Pond is no stranger to the devastating consequences of alcoholism. He has helped hundreds of people conquer their addictions, but this knowledge did not prevent his own near-demise. 

In this riveting memoir, he recounts how he lost his practice, his home, and his family - all because of his drinking. After scores of visits to the ER, a tour of hellish recovery homes, a stint in intensive care for end-stage alcoholism, and jail, Pond devised his own personal plan for recovery. He met Maureen Palmer, and together, they investigated scientific alternatives to the rigid abstinence doctrine pushed by 12-step programs.  

"Pond's insights coupled with Palmer's section on evidence-based treatments make this an invaluable resource for readers battling their own addictions or concerned about their loved ones." (Publisher's Weekly)  

"A vividly written page-turner...gripping and helpful" (Gabor Maté, The Globe and Mail)

"Few books have captured so well the challenge of managing the disease of addiction while simultaneously negotiating an often unresponsive health care system" (Dr. Keith Humphreys, former senior drug policy advisor, Obama administration)

“With tactile intimacy and surgical wit, Pond invites us to share the tragedy of his addiction with a sad smile. And then reveals a singular truth about how people quit. Truly one of a kind...a masterful job of describing the indescribable.” (Dr. Marc Lewis, neuroscientist and author of Memoirs of an Addicted Brain)

©2016 MIchael Pond and Maureen Palmer (P)2019 Michael Pond and Maureen Palmer

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  • karen McCann
  • 2020-04-23

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This was the worst narrated book I've ever suffered through. Another example of an author destroying his own work by trying to narrate. The sound effects (REALLY? A TOILET FLUSHING?) were beyond annoying and distracting.

The story quickly became a church service and I returned without being able to finish. One more toilet flush, and I was out.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-07-27

really great book

so helpful thanks sooo much, this book has change my life. all I ever did before this book was beat myself up, thus book explains why we have these struggles. thank you so much for sharing your story.

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  • Ryan Robinson
  • 2020-10-24

Best addiction memoir

I loved the pacing of the book, and the flow of the narrative. The author jumps to different points in his life a certain points to give back story and really flesh out the story of his life. I was engaged the whole way through, and at the end there is a lot of informative educational information. Michael is honest and open, but owns up to the fact he caused his own issues. Finally an addiction narrative that doesn't praise AA, and instead puts it out there as an option that helps many, but should not be one of the only options. Well worth the money, and have listened a couple times.