Description : When Ragini Krishnan becomes pregnant for the second time, she thinks shes finally going to give her husband the son they both desperately want. But she gives birth to yet another unwanted female child, who she names Uma. I should have strangled you when you were born, she later tells her daughter. Raised by a governess and Irish Catholic nuns in a private boarding school, Uma despises her privileged education, and shes a dismal failure at relationships. When Uma places an advertisement for a job, shes offered a position by Nicholas Alexander, a divorced American writer. She goes to Bombay and meets him for a curry date. Three years later, the rebellious Uma succumbs to her attraction to the dashing American and marries him. She bears him a son, but settling down doesnt fix her problemsand she starts drinking secretly. One day she takes her son and leaves, destroying everything she has so diligently worked for and successfully built. She becomes homeless and her son confronts her about her drinking problem. Set against the backdrop of Indias national movement for independence, this is an unforgettable, inspirational story that shows love can conquer all.
Description : This title says it all: When You Love a Functional Alcoholic, what is one to do? With good grace, a basis in the twelve-step program, and years of experience, Dr. William F. Kraft guides the reader through this most parlous journey---and back to wholeness and holiness and happiness The book comprises thirty-three bite-size chapters---since it presumes readers are spending much of their time caring for (or bailing out) the alcoholic they love. Specific cases are described in particular, such as parents who live with teenaged alcoholics; children who have to care for elderly alcoholics; and what to do with that sometimes dry/sometimes even sober alcoholic who always seems to ultimately fall off the wagon Making the book unique are the many stories of former patients, clients, and members of AA in their own words (anonymously, of course). These testimonies, which do not always end in a pot of gold, make not only for compelling (and sometimes heart-rending) reading, but also add a patina of authenticity to the book: if these people can learn to help the alcoholic they love, then perhaps you can too Ultimately this is a book of acceptance, forgiveness, and love---all of which must begin with oneself. A bibliography completes the work
Description : Winner of the Mystery Novel Award...Davis O'Kane thought his fall from grace had reached its lowest point, with an impending divorce and a custody battle for his twin daughters, but then he finds a dead body in his restaurant, and his world sinks as deep as a Uranium pit in the high desert of Nightingale, Nevada. Nightingale is a place where high stakes gamblers and rednecks belly up to the bar with high-priced hookers and federal agents. High Steaks propels the reader into the realm of crooked horse racing, cheating the roulette wheel, and murder as hot as a Nevada summer, set against a backdrop of the town's first contested mayoral race in decades. Follow Davis as he unravels the murder and pulls himself up from the brink of despair.
Description : Do you know who you am? Most books regarding addiction focus on the importance of quitting. Few books, however, address maintaining recovery, much less thriving in recovery. The 13th Step integrates Bobs personal storyincluding his twenty-five years in the NFLwith research in the psychology of addiction recovery. Bob posits that you cant thrive in recovery from addiction unless you know who you am! To know who you am, you need to recognize the insidious nature of addiction and the role dysfunctional relationships play in encouraging and enabling addiction, and the way these dysfunctional relationships can undermine and sabotage recovery. These realizations inform choices and healthy changes required for maintaining recovery. Bobs curiosity, experiences, education, and research into performance and positive psychology have enabled him to apply scientifically supported interventions and techniques to encourage the positive changes necessary to take the thirteenth step to thrive in recovery.
Description : Everyone thinks Nancy Lewiston Cooper has it all: beauty, intelligence, a loving family, a great husband, and gorgeous children. But reality is seldom as it appears In the days before she met her future husband, Vince Cooper, Nancy finished her college degree and had a bright future ahead of her. But then she met and fell in love with Vince, and her plans changed. Unfortunately, it wasn't until her honeymoon that Nancy discovered Vince's true nature-cruel and abusive one minute, sweet as can be the next. A dual personality. In the months that follow, Nancy falls into a vicious cycle. To avoid the horrible, abusive confrontations with her husband, she agrees to his lifestyle-drugs, sex, alcohol, and her complete submissiveness. Nancy believes the only way her husband will change is to have a baby, and her wish comes true a few months later. But things do not change, even when Nancy becomes pregnant with their second child. Feeling isolated, depressed, and fragile, Nancy struggles to hang onto her sanity. When she is arrested on drug charges, she must go through a two-week counseling session, and she finally understands the control Vince has over her life. But will she be able to break the cycle of abuse before it's too late?
Description : In writings that are both objective and personal, recovering alcoholic, Dale Mitchel, paints an insightful picture of alcoholism, the recovery process, and life filled with meaning and purpose after recovery.
Description : Denied Emotions and addictions go hand and hand Jack lost his family due to his addictions. He did not know how to get in touch with his emotions, to bring them out so that he could deal with them. His son Tommy had to grow up without a father and suffered many hardships before he learned to get in touch with his emotions so that he could move on in life. Jacks wife Sarah had to learn to raise her son by herself and she could not understand why her husband had made the wrong choices by leaving them all alone in life to fend for themselves. After ten years Sarah decided to take the wall down and try to trust again. Jack went through many struggles with alcohol, cocaine and prescription morphine. Due to alcohol a tragedy at work landed him in the hospital with broken bones and Jack still could not learn. He had to go through more pain and grief before he woke up and realized that he was causing his own problems. Only when he was almost arrested and thrown into jail for the possession of a narcotic with the intent to distribute did he start to think of his new daughter Shyanna, what would happen to her without him in her life. He already had one child that had to grow up without a father and Jack was determined to turn this around, get in touch with his emotions and be there for her. *Many addicts who cannot get in touch with their emotions will never have that burning desire to heal and move on. To lose the love of your family because you choose to make the wrong choices in life is the most painful part of life that I had ever suffered. Three years ago I finally made the right choices in life so that I too could move on.*
Description : Alan's true story picks up after his parole from Trenton State Prison where he served 27 months of a 3 to 5 year sentence for possession and sale of drugs. He thought he had his drug addiction problems beaten. He felt that alcohol without drugs would provide him the relief that he needed from his anxiety and depression. He started becoming more and more reliant on alcohol as the days passed. His social anxiety was so great that he could not participate in conversations in a group context. His alcoholic life was a whirlwind of brief sexual encounters and drinking at bars in Greenwich Village. His sexual identity was non-existent. He had no sexual preference of a female over a male or vice-versa. Alan was just getting started on his academic career as a free man. He had taken his first 4 college courses in prison and was determined to earn at least a bachelor's degree. In no time at all he was consuming alcohol before every social gathering whether it was at home, at work or on the university campus. Alan appeared aloof to many acquaintances, but his quiet nature was due to his intense anxiety levels and sporadic depression. The years advance and Alan chronicles the huge impact alcoholism has on his life and his urgent attempts to work towards solutions to his inner turmoil. As his alcoholism progresses, he gets closer and closer to losing everything he's worked and strived for. His personal relationships are falling apart. His work on the job is suffering and his relationships with co-workers are becoming stressed. He needs a solution and he needs it now.