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RECLAIMING YOUR ADDICTED BRAIN – A Recovery GPS: How to find your path to Recovery and not get lost along the way.

Written by Irwin Morse and Roger Stark, Published by Silver Star Publishing.

This is a book that clearly and concisely helps anyone, who is having difficulty following through consistently with their advancement in recovery from addiction. The information within this book enlightens each of us to see the manipulative power that our brains have to further the destructive personal conduct, which keeps us enslaved to our compulsive behaviors. Our minds try to refute the innate uniqueness which is in essence, us.

This inspiring book teaches the readers that they can ultimately put their minds under subjection by forming pristine neural pathways, from implementing a set of skills that help ensure that it will be accomplished.

These skills are: Awareness, Accountability and Acceptance, these three in combination when truly utilized, are a force to be reckoned with. The authors explains how we can acquire the capability to not take things personally, we need to learn how to see life with a mental position “it is what it is”, and to be totally alright with that. This is a must read for those who what to regain control over the negative impulses that governs our behaviors and attitudes.  Keys To Recovery Newspaper Inc.

This book is helping make sense of the bizarre behaviors I’ve seen displayed by people that are addicted in some way. Understanding some of the antics of the addict’s monkey brain that has taken charge of the person you may have known, let’s you recognize the reality of what is going on. If you ever find yourself in a position of having to deal with someone you know is addicted, what Roger and Irwin share will be invaluable in helping you know what they are trying to do to you.

The illustrations are as entertaining, as they are fascinating and informative. Letting you into the skewed world view of the addict at the same time showing you a plain and simple path out of the monkey cage.

The authors doesn’t understate the difficulty of leaving addictions behind yet show you that it can be done. You can leave behind the thinking errors and trauma of addiction. And why it is worth the effort.  DiAnne Berry, author of “Not Crazy: Confessions of a Closet Empath.”

 

I am enjoying the book. I know “enjoy” may be an odd term for a book about addiction recovery, but it’s well-written, easy to read, and engaging. I feel privileged to have a window into an addicts life, and honor/respect the trust you have given me as a reader.

The more I read, the more I find how relevant it is for people of all sorts, not just the ones with chemical and emotional addictions. I realize, for example, that I use “just” as a rationalization and defense mechanism. “I’m just curious” is my oft answer to “Why do you want to know?” When in reality it is often none of my business.  A friend of the Author

 

I’m really loving this book! I am finding that the tools I need to help me continue in my own recovery appear when I really need them. This book is proving to be one of those tools. I learned long ago that “my brain is not my friend” when it comes to my addiction. When I’m in the middle of an upset and not being able to see where my thinking is flawed, I can turn to the information in this book and be reminded. I highly recommend it!  Anne

 

This is a great book about the addict brain and the crazy rationalizations. The book does a great job of helping everyone see how an addict convinces him/herself to act out and not see anything wrong with it. The author offers great advice and sound steps on how to combat this faulty thinking and behavior. I would highly recommend for anyone suffering from addiction. – JL

 

Great read. So much of the information I come across about addiction is focused on withdrawals, or the societal stigma of addiction. This book by Irwin Morse and Roger Stark takes a progressive look into getting back to sobriety and that you deserve to be sober.

Physically, the book is designed very well and the sizing, font, and flow all make for an enjoyable reading experience. Alan B.

 

Author’s Irwin Morse and Roger Stark did an exceptional writing job with this book. Irwin’s personal experiences are invaluable and brought this book to life for recovery readers. Roger’s coaching knowledge working with others with addiction shines in this book as well. Right off in Chapter One with, “Monkey Brain and Monkey Brain in Action” made me wish this book had been available when I started my own recovery path in 2007. It just may have saved me from some terrible financial choices that made me know I needed more work in my recovery in the area of my “Financial Inventory.”

Another area that hit home for me in this book is when George spoke of the experience of, “Men Don’t Cry.” Wow! I had many experiences like George after his father “slapped him across the face” and I could feel George’s RAGE within the written words. My own parents had done this to me many times over, and it carried into my adulthood, adding fuel to my addiction later in life. Other areas in the book that are excellently covered are denial, shame, childhood trauma, and so much more. It really is a GPS Guide to Recovery.

This book has so much helpful information, taught skills and advice within these pages. One of the best addiction/recovery books I have read to date! I highly recommend this book to those looking to start recovery and families that want to support the addict starting recovery. It will help those to learn not to enable the addict when they start the road to recovery. Family and friends will learn the right way to support them.

Just sorry that I can only give it a 5-Stars when it deserves a 10-Star Rating!  Catherine Townsend-Lyon

 

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book!  I found the stories to be both entertaining and highly relevant. I identified with a number of the stories and the suggested action steps were definitely helpful for me.

What struck me the most is the idea of writing a mission statement – what kind of changes you would like to see in this world as a serene person in recovery.

The stories and commentaries also assist me in identifying my defects of character I didn’t realize I had. It opened my eyes to how crazy I am and helped me find my path to recovery.

I definitely recommend this to people in recovery, sponsors and sponsees and partners to people in recovery. – JHP

 

“I think you did a good job capturing the pain of addiction. No doubt other men will identify with that and it will help them in recovery.
I was glad to hear that your recovery plan revolves largely around attending meetings and working the steps. It is hard to improve on the basics.
I hope others in recovery, or those who need to be in recovery, will read the book. Keep up the good work. And get started on the next one.”  A therapist’s note

 

I am telling everyone about your book! It has been so helpful to me. I thank you so much. I am wiser to my monkey brain than I was before!!! Dang, I have been amazingly bamboozled so many times! Today I am a better person because of your book! MLN

 

Two thumbs up!  Kate from Houston