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Sobriety Quotes

"Strength of mind rests in sobriety; for this keeps your reason unclouded by passion."
Pythagoras

"First, Resolve upon, and daily endeavour to practise, a life of seriousness and strict sobriety."
David Brainerd

"Perfect reason flees all extremity, and leads one to be wise with sobriety."
Moliere

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Sobriety Definition: Serious, solemn and calm. Free from intoxication.

Etymology of 'Sobriety'
c.1400, "moderation in indulgence," from Old French sobriete "sobriety, moderation" (Modern French sobrieté) or directly from Latin sobrietatem (nominative sobrietas), from sobrius. Sober: Meaning "steadiness, gravity" is recorded from 1540s. mid-14c., "moderate in desires or actions, temperate, restrained," especially "abstaining from strong drink," also "calm, quiet, not overcome by emotion," from Old French sobre "decent; sober" (12c.), from Latin sobrius "not drunk, temperate, moderate, sensible," from a variant of se- "without" + ebrius "drunk," of unknown origin. Meaning "not drunk at the moment" is from late 14c.; also "appropriately solemn, serious, not giddy."

Positive Suggestions:
"Awaken your natural Sobriety"
"Perfect Sobriety is within you"
"Allow yourself to feel Sobriety now"
"Accept Sobriety"
"Trust in your Sobriety"
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12 Smart Things to Do When the Booze and Drugs Are Gone: Choosing Emotional Sobriety through Self-Awareness and Right Action
by Allen Berger Ph.D.Search for Allen Berger Ph.D.
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The author of the recovery mainstay12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery offers a fresh list of "smart" things to do to attain and sustain emotional sobriety. Whether it's called "dry drunk" or "white knuckle sobriety," it's that stage in recovery when we realize that "putting the plug in the jug" isn't enough. The next step is taking responsibility for the emotional immaturity that fuels our addictive personality and has a tremendous impact on ourselves and others. Allen Berger, PhD, draws on the teachings of Bill W. and psychotherapy pioneers to offer twelve hallmarks of emotional sobriety that, when practiced, give people the confidence to be accountable for their behavior, ask for what they want and need, and grow and develop a deeper trust in the process of life. These smart things include:

understanding who you are and what's important to youlearning not to take others' reactions personallytrusting your inner compasstaking responsibility for your reactions to problematic situations
It is in these practices that we find release from what Bill W. described as an "absolute dependency" on people or circumstances, and develop the tools to find prestige, security, and belonging within.


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Unwasted: My Lush Sobriety
by Sacha Z. ScoblicSearch for Sacha Z. Scoblic
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The single glass of wine with dinner. . .the cold beer on a hot day. . .the champagne flute raised in a toast. . . what I'd drink if Hunter S. Thompson wanted to get wasted with me. . .these are my fantasies lately. Too bad I've gone sober.

When Sacha Z. Scoblic was drinking, she was a rock star; the days were rough and the nights filled with laughter and blackouts. Then she gave it up. She had to. Here are her adventures in an utterly and maddeningly sober world. . .and how she discovered that nothing is as odd and fantastic as life without a drink in hand. . .

"Wildly entertaining. . .An unabashed account of getting clean and getting a life." --Steve Geng

Sacha Z. Scoblic is a writer living in Washington, D.C. A former editor at The New Republic and Reader's Digest, she has written about everything from space camp to pulp fiction and was a contributor to The New York Times's online series "Proof: Alcohol and American Life." She currently blogs about addiction at TheFasterTimes.com. Her sobriety date is June 15, 2005.
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First Year Sobriety: When All That Changes Is Everything
by Guy KettelhackSearch for Guy Kettelhack
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The first in a series of three recovery guides for the first three years of sobriety, First-Year Sobriety uses the voices of many women and men who are struggling in the often baffling territory of their first year of sobriety to show that despite their differing experiences, all are united in the process of giving life without alcohol or other drugs a chance.

These are people who are alternately amazed, appalled, delighted, depressed, illuminated, disturbed, or simply thrown by their first days, weeks, and months of sobriety. Kettelhack explores the challenges all seem to face: learning to break through loneliness, isolation, and fear; finding ways to deal with anger, depression, and resentment; and learning how to deal with a new and sometimes overwhelming happiness.

Guy Kettelhack has written seven books on recovery. He is completing a Master's degree in psychoanalysis, and is an analyst-in-training at the Boston and New York Centers for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies. A graduate of Middlebury College, Kettelhack has also done graduate work in English literature at Bread Loaf School of English at Oxford University. He lives in New York City.


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Don?t Let the Bastards Grind You Down: 50 Things Every Alcoholic and Addict in Early Recovery Should Know, or How to Stay Clean and Sober, Recovery from Addiction and Substance Abuse
by Georgia W.Search for Georgia W.
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No matter what happens, you don?t have to pick up a drink or drug today.? These words tend to strike fear in the hearts of many alcoholics and addicts who are new to recovery, because just one day without booze or drugs may as well be an eternity. It can seem like an impossible task to get through twenty-four hours, never mind a week or a month ? so just how do we get that proverbial monkey off our back? This book is full of suggestions that can work for anyone who is new to recovery or trying to get clean and sober again. The author has drawn on her own experiences and that of others in early recovery to determine the ?Fifty Things Every Alcoholic and Addict Should Know,? including: The First Thirty Days ? What to expect and how to get through it Things to Avoid ? Protecting your recovery and coping with stress Relapse ? Warning signs and moving forward if it happens Family ? How to include them and re-build relationship Dating in Recovery - The not so good, the bad and the ugly Dry Drunk ? How not to be one Twelve Step Programs ? How they work and what you should know ?If you have a substance abuse problem and want to quit or are new to sobriety and don?t know what to expect, read this book. It?s different, down to earth and a very easy read. 'Don't Let the Bastards Grind You Down is not your typical recovery book?. ? Tom Chenault, Radio Talk Show Host and Recovering Alcoholic
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The Tao of Sobriety: Helping You to Recover from Alcohol and Drug Addiction
by David Gregson, Jay S. Efran
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The Tao of Sobriety shows how to apply eastern philosophy to enhance recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. With a few simple mental exercises, readers can learn how to quiet "The Committee," those nasty mental voices that undermine serenity and self-esteem. With leaders of the recovery movement enthusiastically endorsing this uniquely helpful book, The Tao of Sobriety is an invaluable addition to the recovery bookshelf.


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Sobriety: A Graphic Novel
by Daniel D. MaurerSearch for Daniel D. Maurer
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Gold Winner of the Midwest Book Award in the self-help category from the Midwest Independent Publishers Association!

Through rich illustration and narrative, Sobriety: A Graphic Novel offers an inside look to recovery from the perspectives of five Twelve Step group members, each with a unique set of addictions, philosophies, struggles, and successes while working the Steps.

Larry, an “old-timer? in recovery circles, believes in the powerful, rich traditions of the Big Book in helping people reinvent themselves. Alex is a Londoner of African descent, gay and an atheist who decided to go to treatment in the States when his Ecstasy and heroin addictions landed him in the hospital. Debby, a single mother in her twenties, is on her third round of treatment. A dreamer, she?s finally owned up to being an addict and wants to live a sober life, but hasn?t quite grasped how much work that?s going to take. At nineteen, Matt is what some might call a “tough case? with meth his drug of choice. He?s deeply lonely but has developed a tough outer shell for protection. Hannah was adopted as a baby and grew to be a smart, high-achiever. Now a college freshman, her rebellious side has taken over, her grades are suffering, and she also struggles with bulimia.

The fact that they are all seeking help for addiction is the one thing that ties them together. But their approaches to recovery are as diverse as their backgrounds. As their stories unfold through their interactions as a Twelve Step group, we gain an intimate look at the challenges faced by those in recovery--and at the boundless power of working the Steps in helping people find strength in one another as they reach for a clean-and-sober life.

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Seven Days Sober: A Guide to Discovering What You Really Think About Your Drinking
by Meredith BellSearch for Meredith Bell
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People quit drinking for lots of reasons. Maybe one night of embarrassing behavior haunts your memory-or perhaps you don't remember it at all. Maybe your three-martini or one-bottle-of-wine habit leaves you feeling debilitated rather than exhilarated. Some people quit for financial reasons--and that makes a lot of sense, too. Seven Days Sober: A Guide to Discovering What You Really Think About Your Drinking makes it easy to dip a toe into an alcohol-free pool to see if the sober life works for you. Filled with common sense advice, personal anecdotes from Meredith Bell and details about the effects of alcohol on your mind, body and emotions, Seven Days Sober is a must-read for anyone who drinks.
  • Visit Meredith's website at sevendayssober.net
  • Contact her at sevendayssober@gmail.com 
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The Recovering Heart: Emotional Sobriety for Women
by Beverly ConyersSearch for Beverly Conyers
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Your old, destructive lifestyle is fading into the past and now you are a woman in recovery. What an amazing gift you've given yourself. So why aren't you happier? As sobriety takes hold and your head starts to clear, a wide range of emotions can begin to emerge--feelings that until now you've "medicated" with chemicals. Yet to stay sober, and to grow and flourish as a person, you must engage in healing and take responsibility for these long-neglected emotions.

Beverly Conyers, a prominent voice in recovery, uses personal stories and informed insight to guide you in achieving emotional sobriety by addressing behaviors and feelings unique to the female experience. Learn how to develop the inner resiliency to face and process difficult, buried emotions--such as shame, grief, fear, and anger--while freeing the positive feelings of self-worth, independence, and integrity. Discover how to heal your "damaged self" by improving your communication skills, expanding your capacity for intimacy and trust, and reawakening a spiritual life. As you heal your wounded heart, you can free yourself to a life of self-acceptance and lay the foundation for a rewarding and relapse-free second stage of recovery.

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