Hola Sober OCTOBER


Peggi Cooney's raw account is told in This Side of Alcohol is a loosely diarized memoir of the stages of grief the author, Peggi Cooney, went through during the first two years after she finally broke off her relationship with alcohol. It is about what she did to get and stay sober, transforming her shame, guilt and anger into self-compassion, self- discovery and forgiveness - of herself and others. It's about the slow rebuilding of intimacy with her family. Most of all, This Side of Alcohol is a story of living sobriety out loud, of telling the truth and of being at peace. "Peggi's book is raw and courageously written. We get to live in her skin through one of the toughest times in her life as she comes to grip with her overuse of alcohol to control her emotions and deal with the stresses of life. You will see yourself on the pages as she shares her deepest emotions and thoughts about what she experienced and her family as well as she embarks her journey of recovery." Peggi Cooneys book can be ordered on her website for delivery later this month. She is an active and wonderful member of Hola Sober and I am proud to include her book in our recommendations this month! Go Peggi! You rock!! ABOUT DOPAMINE NATION INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES and LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER “Brilliant… riveting, scary, cogent, and cleverly argued.”—Beth Macy, author of Dopesick As heard on Fresh Air This book is about pleasure. It’s also about pain. Most important, it’s about how to find the delicate balance between the two, and why now more than ever finding balance is essential. We’re living in a time of unprecedented access to high-reward, high-dopamine stimuli: drugs, food, news, gambling, shopping, gaming, texting, sexting, Facebooking, Instagramming, YouTubing, tweeting… The increased numbers, variety, and potency is staggering. The smartphone is the modern-day hypodermic needle, delivering digital dopamine 24/7 for a wired generation. As such we’ve all become vulnerable to compulsive overconsumption. In Dopamine Nation, Dr. Anna Lembke, psychiatrist and author, explores the exciting new scientific discoveries that explain why the relentless pursuit of pleasure leads to pain…and what to do about it. Condensing complex neuroscience into easy-to-understand metaphors, Lembke illustrates how finding contentment and connectedness means keeping dopamine in check. The lived experiences of her patients are the gripping fabric of her narrative. Their riveting stories of suffering and redemption give us all hope for managing our consumption and transforming our lives. In essence, Dopamine Nation shows that the secret to finding balance is combining the science of desire with the wisdom of recovery.

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