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GETTING SOBER: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO MAKING IT THROUGH THE FIRST THIRTY DAYS



Getting Sober: A Practical Guide to Making
It Through the First Thirty Days
Copyright © 2007
by Kelly Madigan Erlandson
McGraw-Hill
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I have been writing and publishing poetry for fifty years and I have yet to offer the public anything as helpful and useful as Getting Sober. It is extremely well-written, wise and welcoming. — Ted Kooser, US Poet Laureate 2004-2006

This book reflects Madigan Erlandson’s years of professional work with people whose drinking is a problem in their lives. It is honest, direct, comprehensive and practical. Madigan Erlandson speaks to the real questions people have — how to find money for treatment, what happens in AA, and how to deal with cravings. She even covers the resources for sobriety in cyberspace. Her tone is unfailingly kind, understanding and hopeful. She presents attaining sobriety as a series of steps that anyone can take into a calmer, more creative, stable and joyful future. This book is a unique contribution to literature in the recovery field. I will give it to any of my friends who want to stop drinking. — Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia

A thoughtful and comprehensive guide to those early, crucial days of sobriety. I wish there had been a book like this when I was getting sober. Kelly Madigan Erlandson's book will help many who are beginning their trudge on the road to happy destiny. — Christopher Kennedy Lawford, author of Symptoms of Withdrawal: A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption

What I found most wonderful about it besides its simple (though not easy) step by step guide to getting sober, was the no blame, no shame, non-judgmental tone. Such a non-threatening voice will make it possible for anyone struggling with addiction to read it while still maintaining his or her integrity. It is a whole-person approach to addressing alcoholism. Its message will stand the test of time. — Susan Richards, author of Chosen by a Horse

Getting Sober is a clearly written, no nonsense guide for anyone who wants to stop drinking. At a time in our culture when the hard-partying ways of "celebrities" are glamorized by the tabloids, Kelly's book can serve as a helping hand to anyone who wants to get on the road to sobriety. Getting Sober answers many questions and concerns one may have about the process, and is a powerful tool, available to all, toward a new sober life. I highly recommend this book for anyone who may be curious about getting sober. — Kristin Davis, star of "Sex and the City"


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