Answers to all your questions about addiction and alcoholism
and finding health and happiness in sobriety.
By Al J. Mooney, M.D., Catherine Dold, and Howard Eisenberg
“Many people are now finally recognizing that addiction to alcohol and other drugs is a terrible disease. Heroin and prescription painkillers are destroying many families. More people now die of overdoses than in traffic accidents. Overcoming this epidemic requires decisive solutions. THE RECOVERY BOOK offers a clear path to a lifetime of sobriety, as well as advice for rebuilding a life so it has meaning and purpose.” — Al J. Mooney, M.D.
Long considered the bible of addiction recovery, THE RECOVERY BOOK by Al J. Mooney, M.D., and medical health journalists Catherine Dold and Howard Eisenberg, provides hope, support, and real advice to the more than 23 million Americans who suffer from addiction to drugs and alcohol. Publishing for the 25th anniversary of National Recovery Month, THE RECOVERY BOOK is completely revised and updated to feature all the latest in addiction science and recovery techniques, to include Dr. Mooney’s new Recovery Zone System, and address the increase in abuse of prescription drugs and heroin.
Written in a question-and-answer format that breaks down the daunting process, THE RECOVERY BOOK delivers a direct, clear, and attainable road map to every step in the process, from the momentous decision to quit to the emotional, physical, and spiritual issues that arise during recovery. Its comprehensive and effective advice speaks to addicts, their loved ones, and addiction professionals who need a proven, trusted resource and a supportive voice. Questions range from “Are you an alcoholic or an addict?” to “What is withdrawal?” to “What do I tell everyone?” to “How much should we help our child?”
Readers will also benefit from the revolutionary Recovery Zone System, which divides the recovery process into three distinct zones:
The Red Zone
STOP. Activate your recovery and save your life. Focus entirely on survival and your recovery.
The Yellow Zone
Proceed with caution. Rebuild your life. Maintain the foundation of sobriety and strong recovery.
The Green Zone
Go. Celebrate your life. Live a long and sober life and help others find recovery.
In 26 chapters and over 600 pages, THE RECOVERY BOOK tackles issues such as:
Dr. Al Mooney has been helping alcoholics and addicts get their lives back for more than thirty years, using both his professional and personal experiences at his family’s treatment center, Willingway, and most recently through his work as medical director for The Healing Place of Wake County (Raleigh, NC), a homeless shelter that features a peer-driven residential recovery program. THE RECOVERY BOOK will help millions gain control of their mind, their body, their life, and their happiness.
The Inspiring Story of Dr. John and Dot Mooney, and the Georgia family’s legacy of fighting addiction in the Southeast and beyond.
Some love stories do last forever.
When Two Loves Collide, by William G. Borchert (Tasora Books, April 30, 2013) tells the compelling story of a heroic Army surgeon and his wife who rose from the ashes of addiction to save thousands of others like themselves and inspire a legacy of fighting addiction that their children continue to wage today.
Captain John Mooney, Jr., M.D. of Statesboro, Georgia, returns from World War II—highly decorated for his courage under fire—after saving thousands of lives in battles across Europe despite being wounded himself. But in addition to his battle scars, he comes home as many brave soldiers do with another war-induced malady. He’s addicted to the alcohol and drugs he took to kill his own pain.
He marries a beautiful Georgia country girl named Dorothy Carolyn Riggs, a young nurse known as “Dot” to her friends who loves to drink and party. At first, success, John’s fame as a hero, money and excitement fill their lives. But then their passionate love for each other begins to collide with their passionate love for their addictions. Chaos follows. For their home. For their family and friends. For his lucrative medical practice. For their three young sons.
One desperate night in a cheap, dirty motel room, John and Dot almost die from convulsions trying to detox each other from their uncontrollable compulsions. An ambulance gets them to a hospital in time. The physician begins signing himself in and out of hospitals and mental institutions while his wife become addicted to electric shock therapy from the high she gets being injected with of Sodium Pentothal. Their loud, drunken brawls become more frightening.
On the verge of losing his surgical skills, his entire medical practice, and his wife and children, Dr. Mooney is suddenly arrested, convicted and incarcerated in a Federal prison on felony drug charges. It is there behind bars that he finds the miracle of recovery and redemption…the solution for himself, his wife and thousands of others he would go on to help.
Now free from prison and his addictions, John and Dot believe that the best way to stay clean and sober is to help others. They begin bringing men and women seriously ill from alcoholism and drug addiction into their home on Lee Street in Statesboro, Georgia to care for them and help them find recovery. At times there are 30 or more alcoholics and drug addicts living at the house which some people begin to refer to as “the crazy house on Lee Street.”
Then another major event happens. Several businessmen in town who admire the great work the Mooneys are doing, decide they need more help to help more people. Together, they raise enough money to build the couple the first hospital in the country dedicated solely to the treatment of alcoholism and drug addiction. They call it “Willingway.”
Over the years—under the guidance of Dr. John and Dot Mooney—Willingway has saved thousands of lives and restored untold families. And it continues to do so, now under the direction of their three sons and daughter who continue to carry on the legacy of their parents.
Their love story continues.
Watch an interview with author William Borchert: