Tag Archives: addiction advice

How To Deal With Unexpected Addictive Urges

30 Mar

I had got to a point in my sobriety where I knew I was never going to drink again. I had no thoughts about drinking, no urges, no cravings and no temptations. My old triggers and reasons to drink had been completely extinguished. I loved my sober life.Unexpected_craving

And then suddenly *pop* – a craving!

Not even a fleeting thought, but a real strong urge to buy a bottle and down it in one. I was completely blindsided. Where had this come from? I had been sober for a number of years and not experienced a craving for ages.

So, I developed a tool to deal with it – working out where it had come from and what I could do about it. I share my special tools in a brand new video.

So if you have been sober, for however long, and suddenly get a craving that you don’t understand, don’t feel bad about it. Watch this video, so you can get to the root of the unexpected urge and avoid relapse.

What Are The Best Addiction Recovery Books?

20 Aug

Although 1:1 work and support are the ideal ways to beat addiction, books on addiction recovery have their place, too. If you are confused about where to start with recovery, need some identification, or just need a few helpful reminders about how to make your recovery even stronger, addiction books can fulfil that need.

One of my books,The Recovery Formula: An Addict’s Guide to getting Clean and Sober Forever has just been awarded five stars out of five by Reader’s Favorite, so other people obviously agree that books on addiction recovery can be very valuable.

I know that on my own journey, one particular book sparked so much hope, identification, and some real practical lessons on how to start recovering, that I really credit it for motivating me to make the decision to reach out for help when I was really struggling to stay sober on my own. That book was No Room to Live: A Journey from Addiction to Recovery by My favourite addiction recovery bookWynford Ellis Owen, which I know hardly anyone has heard of.

But that book personally inspired me so much that I actually typed out an email to thank the author for writing it when I was in the middle of alcohol withdrawal (Yes, my keyboard was covered in sweat and and the email had many typos!). And when I had recovered and decided to write my first book, The Recovery Formula, I sent my book to him to see what he thought. Luckily, he loved it, and even gave me a review for the back cover.

This shows just how powerful connecting with others’ experiences and wisdom can be in recovery, and the place of books in enabling us to give and gain hope, motivation, and sometimes even help save someone’s life.

I also love that there are books which are really specific to certain addictions. For example, if you suffer from a gambling addiction, Addicted to Dimes (Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat) could offer you a lot of identification and motivation, while In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction is a great read for those with less ‘classic addictions’ who find themselves identifying with addicts nonetheless.

What are your top books on addiction recovery, and why?

Video

“How to kick Depression, Addiction and Anxiety” – NEW Radio Interview

28 Sep

Hi all,

Please do listen to my latest interview with fellow addiction worker Micheal Hilton and I on the following link. It really is chocka-block full with amazing information and insight.

https://player.cinchcast.com/?assettype=single&show_id=6955049&version=2.0&version=2.0&platformId=1

Enjoy! And drop me a line at http://www.smyls.co.uk if you think I might be able to help you.

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Interviews about Addiction on Health Professional Radio

27 Jan

Learn About Addiction with me on Health Professional Radio.

I was fortunate enough to be interviewed by an Australian Radio Station about the two books I have written on addiction, what they are about and how they can help people overcome their own addictions. I did two interviews for Health Professional Radio, which you can access from the radio station’s website.

Listen to the interview about The Recovery Formula: An Addict’s Guide to Staying Sober Forever and the interview about The Happy Addict: How to Happy in Recovery from Alcoholism or Drug Addiction by checking out the link above.

If you find the interviews helpful and want to buy the books, they are available on Amazon in the US and in the UK. You can also get my books on Kindle throughout the world.