There is no doubt that the most popular self help book for people with alcohol problems is this one by Allen Carr.
He achieved his deserved reputation with his initial book about stopping smoking, and such was its success that he’s now written two books dedicated to drinking. This one is for those who want to regain control, but don’t want to stop completely.
If you don’t want to buy the book, but are interested in the cognitive approach that it uses, try having a read through our articles and worksheets on relapse prevention.
While this one is written specifically for those of you who have decided you want to totally stop drinking. Again, like his other book, it concentrates on the cognitive aspects of your alcohol problems – what you are telling yourself internally about alcohol.
This is the best account I’ve ever read of an alcoholic going through rehab and struggling with his subsequent recovery. It’s honest, compelling and darkly humorous.
It’s not for the faint hearted though – he graphically details his most debauched binges, his most horrific withdrawals and embarrassing bed-wetting episodes. But he balances this with some wonderfully insightful thoughts about the recovery process, about Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and of course, about his time in a detox and rehab centre.
Augusten Burroughs is a very clever writer, and he engages you from the first page, by the end you feel like you know him inside out. If you’re struggling with alcohol, or you’re thinking about going through rehab, you seriously should read this first.
If you fancy a copy for yourself, here’s the page on Amazon.com where you can get it.