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  1. 5.6 hrs • 9/13/2016 • Unabridged

    From the moment she uttered the brave and honest words, “I am an alcoholic,” to interview George Stephanopoulos, Elizabeth Vargas began writing her story, as her experiences were still raw. Now, in Between Breaths, Vargas discusses her accounts of growing up with anxiety—which began suddenly at the age of six when her father served in Vietnam—and how she dealt with this anxiety as she came of age, to her eventually turning to alcohol for relief. She tells of how she found herself living in denial, about the extent of her addiction and keeping her dependency a secret for so long. She addresses her time in rehab, her first year of sobriety, and the guilt she felt as a working mother who had never found the right balance. Honest and hopeful, Between Breaths is an inspiring listen.

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    5.6 hrs • 9/13/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 5.3 hrs • 6/29/2016 • Unabridged

    Millions of hardworking, successful individuals around the world have also fallen into the trap of alcoholism. It has slowly become their go-to panacea for the stress and strain of life. However, there is a problem with this: it makes us miserable, steals our precious time, and ultimately wants to kills us. Yet, despite all this we can’t imagine a life without it! When you lose control of alcohol there are very few options open to you. Your GP will most likely agree you are drinking too much and advise you to cut down, not very helpful. You could try AA but perhaps you don’t want to stand up and label yourself a broken alcoholic or spend the rest of your life with an itch you are not allowed to scratch. My name is Craig Beck and I am a former problem drinker who found a way to quickly and easily remove alcohol from my life. This intelligent approach involved no willpower, no cravings, no medication, no embarrassing group therapy, and no expensive rehab. The Happy Sober Solution is not just a way to break the cycle of alcohol addiction but a complete life overhaul. The end result being a return to the old happy version of you. A ‘you’ with more energy, better health, amazing relationships, and starting everyday with vitality and excitement.

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    13.6 hrs • 3/8/2016 • Unabridged

    An odyssey of family, heartbreak, violence, punk rock, brokenness, broke-ness, sex, love, loss, drinking, drinking, drinking, and an unlikely savior: distance running. A misfit kid at the best of times, Mishka Shubaly had his world shattered when, in a twenty-four-hour span in 1992, he survived a mass shooting on his school’s campus, then learned that his parents were getting divorced. His father, a prominent rocket scientist, abandoned the family and their home was lost to foreclosure. Shubaly swore to avenge the wrongs against his mother, but instead plunged into a magnificently toxic love affair with alcohol. Almost two decades later, Shubaly’s life changed again when a fateful five-mile run after a bar fight inspired him to clean up his life. And when he finally reconnected with his estranged father, he discovered the story of his childhood was radically different from what he thought he knew. In this fiercely honest, emotional, and self-laceratingly witty book, Shubaly relives his mistakes, misfortunes, and infrequent good decisions: the disastrous events that fractured his life; his incendiary romances; his hot-and-cold career as a rock musician; meeting his newborn nephew while out of his gourd on cough syrup. I Swear I’ll Make It Up to You is an apology for choices Shubaly never thought he’d live long enough to regret, a journey so far down the low road that it took him years of running to claw his way back.

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    I Swear I’ll Make It Up to You by Mishka Shubaly

    I Swear I’ll Make It Up to You

    13.6 hrs • 3/8/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 8.1 hrs • 1/12/2016 • Unabridged

    Sharply funny and compulsively readable, The Gilded Razor is a dazzling and harrowing memoir from debut author Sam Lansky. The Gilded Razor is the true story of a double life. By the age of seventeen, Sam Lansky was an all-star student with Ivy League aspirations in his final year at an elite New York City prep school. But a nasty addiction to prescription pills spiraled rapidly out of control, compounded by a string of reckless affairs with older men, leaving his bright future in jeopardy. After a terrifying overdose, he tried to straighten out. Yet as he journeyed from the glittering streets of Manhattan, to a wilderness boot camp in Utah, to a psych ward in New Orleans, he only found more opportunities to create chaos—until finally, he began to face himself. In the vein of Elizabeth Wurtzel and Augusten Burroughs, Lansky scrapes away at his own life as a young addict and exposes profoundly universal anxieties. Told with remarkable sensitivity, biting humor, and unrelenting self-awareness, The Gilded Razor is a coming-of-age story of searing honesty and lyricism that introduces a powerful new voice to the confessional genre.

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    The Gilded Razor

    8.1 hrs • 1/12/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 3.7 hrs • 8/21/2015 • Unabridged

    Thomas De Quincey’s highly charged and hauntingly accurate account of laudanum addiction is considered the root of all drug novels—from Baudelaire to Burroughs, Confessions of an English Opium Eater paved the way for later generations of writers. Initially prescribed as pain relief for a chronic condition, De Quincey soon found himself compelled by the opium experience, with his dreams recounted here in every hallucinatory detail; threatening Roman armies, sunken cities, and German mountaintops, De Quincey’s vivid memories will evoke wonder and curiosity in the listener.

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  6. 7.7 hrs • 8/1/2015 • Unabridged

    Through the vivid, true stories of five people who journeyed into and out of addiction, a renowned neuroscientist explains why the “disease model” of addiction is wrong, and illuminates the path to recovery. The psychiatric establishment and rehab industry in the Western world have branded addiction as a brain disease, based on evidence that brains change with drug use. But in The Biology of Desire, cognitive neuroscientist and former addict Marc Lewis makes a convincing case that addiction is not a disease, and shows why the disease model has become an obstacle to healing. Lewis reveals addiction as an unintended consequence of the brain doing what it’s supposed to do: seek pleasure and relief in a world that’s not cooperating. Brains are designed to restructure themselves with normal learning and development, but this process is accelerated in addiction when highly attractive rewards are pursued repeatedly. Lewis shows why treatment based on the disease model so often fails, and how treatment can be retooled to achieve lasting recovery, given the realities of brain plasticity. Combining intimate human stories with clearly rendered scientific explanation, The Biology of Desire is enlightening and optimistic reading for anyone who has wrestled with addiction either personally or professionally.

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    The Biology of Desire by Marc Lewis, PhD

    The Biology of Desire

    7.7 hrs • 8/1/15 • Unabridged
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  7. 7.6 hrs • 6/23/2015 • Unabridged

    “It’s such a savage thing to lose your memory, but the crazy thing is, it doesn’t hurt one bit. A blackout doesn’t sting, or stab, or leave a scar when it robs you. Close your eyes and open them again. That’s what a blackout feels like.” For Sarah Hepola, alcohol was “the gasoline of all adventure.” She spent her evenings at cocktail parties and dark bars where she proudly stayed till last call. Drinking felt like freedom, part of her birthright as a strong, enlightened twenty-first-century woman. But there was a price. She often blacked out, waking up with a blank space where four hours should be. Mornings became detective work on her own life. What did I say last night? How did I meet that guy? She apologized for things she couldn’t remember doing, as though she were cleaning up after an evil twin. Publicly, she covered her shame with self-deprecating jokes, and her career flourished, but as the blackouts accumulated, she could no longer avoid a sinking truth. The fuel she thought she needed was draining her spirit instead. A memoir of unblinking honesty and poignant, laugh-out-loud humor, Blackout is the story of a woman stumbling into a new kind of adventure—the sober life she never wanted. Shining a light into her blackouts, she discovers the person she buried, as well as the confidence, intimacy, and creativity she once believed came only from a bottle. Her tale will resonate with anyone who has been forced to reinvent or struggled in the face of necessary change. It’s about giving up the thing you cherish most—but getting yourself back in return.

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    Blackout

    7.6 hrs • 6/23/15 • Unabridged
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  8. 0.9 hrs • 5/1/2015

    Dr. Lee Pulos is a leader in the field of mind, body, and spirit. Let him show you how visualization, a mental technique that uses the imagination, can lead to success and make your dreams and goals come true. Benefit from his short hypnosis, self-talk, and subliminal programs to achieve results quickly in any area. Regardless of the addiction, the suggestions on two different hypnotic programs deal with the triggers, urges, and difficulties in releasing and overcoming the roots of habits that are not serving your health and well-being.

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  9. 0.8 hrs • 5/1/2015

    Dr. Lee Pulos is a leader in the field of mind/ body/ spirit. Let him show you how Visualization, a mental technique that uses the imagination, can lead to success and make your dreams and goals come true. Benefit from his short Hypnosis, Self-Talk and Subliminal programs to achieve results quickly in any area. Hypnosis is the treatment of choice in overcoming this addiction. Post-hypnotic suggestions will be provided to increase desire, confidence and determination to stop this habit and maintain yourself as a healthy non-smoker.

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    Stop Smoking

    0.8 hrs • 5/1/15
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  10. 5.6 hrs • 4/14/2015 • Unabridged

    In this inspiring book, master knitter, teacher, and widely published knitwear designer Lee Gant shares real-life stories about the power of knitting. As an employee of three different yarn stores, a teacher of countless knitting classes, and a volunteer with at-risk youth, Lee has had the opportunity to gather diverse stories. The stories she shares about herself and fellow knitters from around the world illustrate how each stitch and purl can comfort and calm, heal and renew. A suicidal teenager crochets through pregnancy. A dying woman finds comfort in the company of knitters. A woman finds the courage to face her estranged parents. A woman going blind realizes she can still knit—and experience life. And Lee’s life, riddled with more than just anxiety, has at last become stable and productive. This book includes stories of women, men, and teens who have experienced profound change and enlightenment through knitting and crochet.

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    Love in Every Stitch by Lee Gant

    Love in Every Stitch

    Read by Dawn Harvey
    5.6 hrs • 4/14/15 • Unabridged
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  11. 15.8 hrs • 1/21/2015 • Unabridged

    Based on Gabor Maté’s two decades of experience as a medical doctor and his groundbreaking work with the severely addicted on Vancouver’s skid row, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts radically re-envisions this much misunderstood field by taking a holistic approach.  Dr. Maté presents addiction not as a discrete phenomenon confined to an unfortunate or weak-willed few, but as a continuum that runs throughout (and perhaps underpins) our society; not a medical “condition” distinct from the lives it affects, rather the result of a complex interplay among personal history, emotional, and neurological development, brain chemistry, and the drugs (and behaviors) of addiction. Simplifying a wide array of brain and addiction research findings from around the globe, the book avoids glib self-help remedies, instead promoting a thorough and compassionate self-understanding as the first key to healing and wellness. In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts argues persuasively against contemporary health, social, and criminal justice policies toward addiction and those impacted by it. The mix of personal stories—including the author’s candid discussion of his own “high-status” addictive tendencies—and science with positive solutions makes the book equally useful for lay readers and professionals.

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    In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

    15.8 hrs • 1/21/15 • Unabridged
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  12. 8.0 hrs • 1/20/2015 • Unabridged

    Are you chained to your addiction to smoking? Drinking? Sugar? Drugs? Food? Prescription painkillers? Caffeine? Internet porn? Gambling? Sex? When you are chained by an addiction, it can ruin your life, devastate your family, destroy your relationships, derail your career, lower your grades, and make you physically ill. Do you want to break free from your addictions? If so, you need to optimize your brain. The brain plays a central role in your vulnerability to addiction and your ability to recover. Brain dysfunction is the number one reason people fall victim to addiction, why they can’t break the chains of addiction, and why they relapse. Unchain Your Brain: 10 Steps to Breaking the Addictions That Steal Your Life is a practical, easy-to-follow step-by-step program that shows you how to boost your brain so you can kick your bad habits. In this book, you will discover how addictions get stuck in your brain, how to get them unstuck, and how to find lasting motivation to change; why brain imaging changes everything, even if you never get a scan; how to get the right evaluation to ensure that you can heal from your addictions; the six different types of addiction based on brain types, why all addicts are not the same, and how to find the best treatment solutions for you based on your brain type; strategies to boost your brain to get control; ways to lock up the craving monster that steals your life; tips to eat right so you can think right and heal from your addiction; how to kill the addiction ANTs that infest your brain and keep you in chains; ways to prevent relapse by following H-A-L-T plus brain science; and how hypnosis and meditation can help you unchain your brain, including a twelve-minute meditation and a real hypnosis session done by Dr. Amen. When you have a healthy brain, it makes it so much easier to stick with a program designed to help you quit smoking, drinking, gambling, doing drugs, overeating, or whatever your addiction may be.

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    Unchain Your Brain by Daniel G. Amen, MD, David E. Smith, MD

    Unchain Your Brain

    Directed by Claire Bloom
    8.0 hrs • 1/20/15 • Unabridged
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    8.3 hrs • 11/11/2014 • Unabridged

    A bestseller in its native Canada, Drunk Mom is a gripping, brutally honest memoir of motherhood in the shadow of alcoholism. Three years after giving up drinking, Jowita Bydlowska found herself throwing back a glass of champagne like it was ginger ale. It was a special occasion: a party celebrating the birth of her first child. It also marked Bydlowska’s immediate, full-blown return to crippling alcoholism. In the gritty and sometimes grimly comic tradition of the bestselling memoirs Lit by Mary Karr and Smashed by Koren Zailckas, Drunk Mom is Bydlowska’s account of the ways substance abuse took control of her life—the binges and blackouts, the humiliations, the extraordinary risk-taking—as well as her fight toward recovery as a young mother. This courageous memoir brilliantly shines a light on the twisted logic of an addicted mind and the powerful, transformative love of one’s child. Ultimately, it gives hope, especially to those struggling in the same way.

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    Drunk Mom by Jowita Bydlowska

    Drunk Mom

    8.3 hrs • 11/11/14 • Unabridged
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  14. 6.7 hrs • 10/1/2014 • Unabridged

    Paul Williams is an alcoholic. Tracey Jackson is not. But together, these two close friends have written Gratitude and Trust, a book designed to apply the principles of the recovery movement to the countless people who are not addicts but nevertheless need effective help with their difficulties and pain. Williams, the award-winning songwriter, actor, and performer, has embraced a traditional alcoholism recovery plan for more than two decades of sobriety. Jackson, a well-known TV and film writer—and veteran of many years of traditional therapy—has never been a drunk or a drug abuser, but she realized that many of the tenets of Williams’s program could apply to her. In Gratitude and Trust, Williams and Jackson ask: What happens to those who struggle with vexing problems yet are not full-blown addicts? Are there any lessons to be learned from the foundational and time-tested principles of the recovery movement? Whether you’re tethered to your phone or you turn to food for comfort; whether you’re a perfectionist and can’t let things go or are too afraid to fail to even try; whether you can find intimacy only on the Internet or you’ve been involved in a string of nasty relationships—the first step toward feeling better about yourself and your life is the realization that you are what’s standing in your way. Williams and Jackson have designed a new, positive program, based on a half-dozen new affirmations, that can help conquer your vices, address personal dysfunction, and start to brighten the darkest moods. Gratitude and Trust is an essential, inspirational, and uplifting guide to identifying and changing maladaptive behaviors in order to uncover your most productive, healthiest self.

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    Gratitude and Trust

    6.7 hrs • 10/1/14 • Unabridged
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  15. 11.2 hrs • 9/9/2014 • Unabridged

    The highly acclaimed comprehensive guide to getting your child through the formative preteen, teen, and college years drug-free—now completely revised and updated. Nearly every child will be offered drugs or alcohol before graduating high school, and excessive drinking is common at most colleges. But the good news is that a child who gets to age twenty-one without smoking, using illegal drugs, or abusing alcohol or prescription drugs is virtually certain never to do so. Drawing on more than two decades of research at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASAColumbia), founder Joseph A. Califano Jr. presents a clear, common-sense guide to helping kids stay drug-free. All parents dream of a healthy, productive, and fulfilling future for their children; Califano shows which specific actions work and what parents can do to teach, protect, and empower their children to have the greatest chance of making that future come true. Teenagers who learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are twice as likely never to try them, and this book provides the tools parents need to prepare their children for those crucial decision-making moments. In this revised and updated edition, Califano tackles some of the newest obstacles standing between our kids and a drug-free life—from social media sites and cell phone apps to the explosion in prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse and the increased dangers and addictive power of marijuana. He reveals what teens can’t or won’t tell their parents about their thoughts on drugs and alcohol, and combines the latest research with his discussions with thousands of parents and teens about the challenges that widespread access to drugs and alcohol present, and how parents can instill in their teens the will and skills to choose not to use. Califano’s insightful and lively guide is as readable as it is informative.

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    How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid

    11.2 hrs • 9/9/14 • Unabridged
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  16. 11.8 hrs • 9/4/2014 • Unabridged

    A seventy-fifth anniversary volume of the most important and practical self-help book ever written, Alcoholics Anonymous Here is a special deluxe edition of a book that has changed millions of lives and launched the modern recovery movement: Alcoholics Anonymous. This edition not only reproduces the original 1939 text of Alcoholics Anonymous, but as a special bonus features the complete 1941 Saturday Evening Post article “Alcoholics Anonymous” by journalist Jack Alexander, which, at the time, did as much as the book itself to introduce millions of seekers to AA’s program. Alcoholics Anonymous has touched and transformed myriad lives, and finally appears in a volume that honors its posterity and impact.

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    Alcoholics Anonymous, Deluxe Edition

    11.8 hrs • 9/4/14 • Unabridged
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