Second Edition of Empowering Your Sober Self

Second edition coverThe second edition of my book, Empowering Your Sober Self: The LifeRing Approach to Addiction Recovery, is now off the press and on sale via

The text of this second edition corrects several typographical errors. The worst of these was the inexcusable misspelling of the last name of Jean Kirkpatrick, founder of Women for Sobriety. Neither I nor the publisher’s otherwise eagle-eyed copy editor caught the mistake in time. It is rectified here, with apologies.

A new 15-page Supplement for this edition touches on several recent publications that deal with the addiction rehab industry. The new works underline and reinforce the message of Chapter 6 that addiction rehab is ripe for thoroughgoing reform.

A major section of the new Supplement reviews the progress of genetics research in the five years since the first edition went to press. This is the topic of Chapter 7. Already in 2009, decades of belief in the existence of an “alcoholism gene” had given way to guarded generalities about multiple genes and gene-environment interactions. Since then, a series of genome-wide association studies have all but pulverized the “alcoholism gene” theory. Scientists can now say with confidence that there is no significant difference between the DNA of alcoholics and non-alcoholics. The Supplement provides details and references.

I want to express my deep appreciation to Lesley Iura of Jossey-Bass, the publisher who put out the first edition, and to Jennifer Peters of its parent company John Wiley & Sons, for their gracious reversion of the rights after the publisher’s print run was exhausted. It seems highly appropriate to me that this book, which is dedicated to the LifeRing network, should from now on be published by LifeRing Press.

This new edition also updates references to the LifeRing web site; it is now There are also some changes in layout and typography; notably, a larger type face for easier readability.

A gratifying number of people have told me that the first edition has been a force for good in their lives. There is no greater reward for an author than this.

A Kindle version of the second edition is also now available on  The audiobook version will be available in a week or two; watch this space for the link.

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