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Take Control of Your Drinking, second edition

A Practical Guide to Alcohol Moderation, Sobriety, and When to Get Professional Help

For decades, the standard treatment for people struggling with alcohol consumption has focused on convincing them to admit that they are an alcoholic, to stop drinking entirely, and to enter into a program, most commonly Alcoholics Anonymous. But in his more than thirty-five-year career as an addiction specialist working with people who want to change their drinking habits, Michael S. Levy has found that the routes to behavioral change actually vary. And although abstinence is the successful route for many people, others can moderate their drinking on their own or with professional help.

In this practical, effective, and compassionate book, Levy helps people take control of their alcohol problem by teaching them how to think about and address their drinking habits. Beginning with a set of self-assessments that reveal whether the reader's use of alcohol is creating problems, Levy explains the causes of problem drinking, discusses the growing recognition of the various ways an alcohol use disorder can show itself, and talks about why it is so difficult to change. Offering advice for choosing between moderating your drinking or abstaining altogether, he also touches on coping with slipups, fighting helplessness and the fear of failure, and knowing when moderation is not achievable.

The book is unique in that instead of telling people what they need to do, it meets people at their stage of change and level of readiness to change and helps them decide for themselves what they need to do. Drawing on the latest scientific evidence, this new edition includes

•a chapter on the concept of self-medication—a useful but at times overused idea;
•a chapter on the concurrent use of drugs (particularly cannabis) during recovery;
•an exploration of modern strategies for dealing with drinking, including technology (apps that count drinks, for example) and medications that curb alcohol consumption;
•reflections on the use of stigma;
•communication strategies for individuals seeking to share their struggle with others;
•an exploration of common triggers;
•additional worksheets and tips to achieve success;
•further material about self-help programs; and
•insights about the dark side of addiction treatment.

Ultimately, Take Control of Your Drinking empowers people to tackle their drinking problem and gives them the freedom to do so in a way that fits with their own lifestyle and values. This book is useful for anyone who may find that they are drinking too much, for the loved ones of such people, and for clinicians who want to broaden their skills when working with people who struggle with alcohol.

About the Author

Michael S. Levy, PhD, is a clinical success manager at DynamiCare Health and maintains a private practice in psychotherapy. He is the author of Celebrity and Entertainment Obsession: Understanding Our Addiction.

Reviews

"Levy takes a respectful, supportive, and kind tone as he reminds us that there are many pathways into and out of excessive drinking. He establishes a clear framework for readers interested in assessing and changing their drinking without treatment, and provides a useful map for those seeking other-directed change. A refreshing and important approach to managing drinking problems."—Howard J. Shaffer, PhD, CAS, The Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School

"A straightforward, practical approach to understanding and managing alcohol abuse and addiction from a nationally recognized leader in addiction medicine. Levy highlights important factors which lead to problematic drinking and uses real-life experiences from his three decades of treating patients to provide pragmatic strategies. A must-read for anyone struggling with alcohol abuse."—Gary Gastman, Executive Director, The Link House

"A thoughtful approach to the much-misunderstood topic of how to manage problematic drinking behavior. In this updated second edition, Dr. Levy provides practical guidance for those wondering how to moderate their alcohol consumption, as well as valuable knowledge for students in counseling training. Discovering his book has been useful to me both personally and professionally!"—Steven M. Chisholm, North Shore Community College, Drug and Alcohol Program

"Dr. Levy, a trusted leader in our field, once again provides a powerful tool for individuals struggling to control the impacts of alcohol on their work, self-esteem, and personal relationships. A must-read for anyone looking to build a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities for positive change."—Caitlyn Kjolhede, RN, MBA, Vice President of Clinical Operations & Growth, DynamiCare Health

"Taking a self-help approach, Levy . . . has produced a fine resource for those willing to take a look at their relationship with the bottle."—New England Psychologist, reviewing a previous edition

"As someone who has been in recovery for many years, I was skeptical of even the thought of trying to take control of my drinking. By using a couple of simple tests, Levy does a great job of walking you through the processes of analyzing whether you have a drinking problem. The book is an easy read and was an enjoyable and informative read for me. This is a great book for anyone in recovery or a person contemplating whether he or she has a drinking issue or not."—Smart Recovery News & Views, reviewing a previous edition

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