Getting Sober

Getting Sober: A Practical Guide to Making it Through the First 30 Days is a clear and accessible handbook through every step of the early weeks of sobriety, brimming with expert guidance designed to smooth the rough edges. Learn how to prepare for sobriety, find professional treatment, and manage cravings. A special focus on handling unexpected emotions, and avoiding situations that may trigger a desire to drink, are lifesavers to the person at the beginning stages of recovery. New concepts are introduced that can be put to work immediately to increase the chances of success, including Banned from Your Hand, and Triggerlocks.

All of the common concerns of those in early sobriety are thoroughly and respectfully addressed, from demystifying A.A., to unwinding without a drink. Discover how to use the Internet as a recovery tool, and how to differentiate between true support and drinking buddies. Find out why nothing seems fun when you quit drinking, and what to do about it. Learn how to restore your spirit, and how to begin to heal the damage that your drinking has done to your personal relationships. Finally, get an honest picture of what the future might look like.

Kelly’s decades of working closely with people as they get sober are reflected in the solid practicality of her many suggestions. Getting Sober: A Practical Guide to Making it Through the First 30 Days does not ramble on about whether alcoholism is a disease or what causes it; instead it says if you want to quit drinking, do these things. Her tone is unfailingly respectful, kind and direct. Whether doing this at home, or with the help of treatment services, these are the simple techniques that work, spelled out in detail. This book is what every person suffering from a drinking problem needs at that moment when they become ready for help.

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Get Help Now

This web site cannot be a substitute for medical advice. If you need help now, contact your physician. Or open your phone book to Alcoholics Anonymous, call the number, and ask the person on the other end of the phone for help.

If you are experiencing withdrawal symptoms, go directly to the closest hospital emergency room. Withdrawal from alcohol is not only uncomfortable,   it can cause deadly seizures. Medicine can help you through it, so seek medical help if you are experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as shakes, sweatiness, sleeplessness, or nausea.

Do you want to find a treatment center? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) provides a toll-free, 24-hour treatment referral service to help you locate treatment options near you. For a referral to a treatment center or support group in your area, call: 1-800-662-4357

Support is also available online. Try these web sites:

Online Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous
Alcoholics Anonymous
Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator