Another Drink: Exercises in Sobriety Based on Secular Proverbs Erik D. Johnson

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Published: January 1st 2016

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Another Drink: Exercises in Sobriety Based on Secular Proverbs by Erik D. Johnson
January 1st 2016 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | | ISBN: | 7.64 Mb

For those who struggle with addiction but find Twelve Steps programs too religious, this book offers insights from ancient sages on alcohol use and abuse. With minimal reference to the supernatural this book by family therapist Erik Johnson explainsMoreFor those who struggle with addiction but find Twelve Steps programs too religious, this book offers insights from ancient sages on alcohol use and abuse. With minimal reference to the supernatural this book by family therapist Erik Johnson explains what Hebrew wisdom says about fighting our internal sub-personalities that drive us to drink.What do sages from nearly 3000 years ago have to say about ambivalence, attachment theory, choice theory, cognitions, and conflicting desires?

Plenty! Johnson squeezes a ton of Proverbial wisdom into thirty short chapters that address relevant topics such as cravings, dependency, disease, emotion, and learning theory. The Hebrew sages offer helpful tips on achieving moderation, coping with relapse, and insight into the fascinating worlds of rewards, shame, and subjectivity.

There are also practical ideas about self-control, tolerance, triggers, and withdrawal.Only fifteen percent of the Hebrew book of Proverbs mentions God. The other eighty-five percent is offered here in the hope that ancient wisdom will provide inspiration for even the most secular to try some of these experiments.Why base an alcohol treatment program on secular Proverbs? Because the sacred Proverbs are off-putting to the irreligious. Five of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous include mention of God.

People allergic to religion find a spiritual approach to sobriety superstitious at best and cultic at worst. By omitting almost all references to God, a practice that would certainly make the sages shudder, the author hopes the wisdom that remains will help secular drinkers get sober.These experiments are offered in the spirit of research and curiosity.

The author hopes secular drinkers who need to get sober will try some or all of these idea and report on the results. Lets work together to see how indeed these ideas work.



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