Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud by Scott Stevens

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Scott Stevens has given us his vision on addiction and sobriety.

I’ve taken this quote from an interview the author had with Indie Author Land

“Indie Author Land: Who needs to read this book?
Stevens: Eight percent of the population is alcoholic — some practicing, some in recovery. Beyond those men and women are, on average, 8-10 people directly impacted by the alcoholic’s drinking and/or relapse. The book is targeted toward those around the alcoholic, to give them answers, as well as the alcoholic who wonders what is behind relapse.”

And this is what the author says about the book:

Nine out of ten people who quit drinking relapse at least once. “Every
Silver Lining Has a Cloud” shows why it’s not just once… without
pithy slogans or trademarked solutions. From the author of “What
the Early Worm Gets,” a startling book defi ning Alcoholism, here’s a
book explaining how and why relapse happens, how to hold it at bay
and why every American should care. Sobriety is a state of illness and
its symptoms, left untreated, lead directly to lapse. Addressing the
Symptoms of Sobriety is essential.
Why would any sober Alcoholic return to the misery?
What are the Symptoms of Sobriety and how do Alcoholics and non-Alcoholics guard against them?
What four overlooked stressors trip up recovery?
Can you hit bottom sober?
The narrative dashes along peaks of anger, joy, desperation, relief and
hope interspersed with solid data on the disease and guidance for
avoiding relapse traps.
It’s not enough to just stop drinking.

If you struggle with an addiction, and it doesn’t have to be alcohol, why not read this book and give his advice a try?

It is available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback

 

Featured Author – Scott Stevens

scottI asked Scott if he wanted to feature on my blog, he happily agreed and here we are.

Alas, communication has failed us and now the planned interview has to be postponed. Instead I would like to introduce him to you by presenting his bio.

The man has some very sensible things to say on addiction and sobriety.

Stevens is a journalist, posting regularly on health and alcohol issues for online news services. Many popular alcohologists on air and on bookshelves have stellar credentials, but few have had to eat their own cooking. Stevens blends his stunning personal 86-proof-two-liters-a-day story with thorough research into alcoholism, sobriety, relapse and recovery.

A former mutual fund industry executive, Stevens blends wit, journalistic objectivity, blunt personal dialogue and no-nonsense business perspective in his two books, 2010’s What the Early Worm Gets and 2013’s Indie Book Awards finalist, Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud. He regularly addresses conferences around the country on the latest trends in the field of alcohol use disorders.

Among his life experiences, Stevens has met seven Presidents of the United States, flown with the Navy’s Blue Angels, piloted a Los Angeles Class nuclear submarine and driven a NASCAR at 140mph on a one-mile oval. The football fan and avid golfer holds a Master’s in Public Affairs Journalism from the University of Illinois – Springfield and lives in the Midwest with his children.

If you want to know more about the topic, or the author why not go to his site?

How To Avoid the Pitfalls of Addiction

Why is it that us authors are more prone to addiction than others. We all have one or the other ‘tick’, craving or thing we need to be able to write. Even if it’s as innocent and not unhealthy as making list upon list, upon list.

tell me

What is your addiction? Mine is coffee and chocolate and I know it. Okay, I’ll admit it, I do like a glass of wine on occasion, or a nice G&T.

Is it greed and the never ending search after satisfaction? How can it be us authors do not seem to recognise how our human nature is a mindless beast whose only aim is to feed itself regardless of the cost? Incinerating all it encounters, not even reason stands a chance against the blazing fire of the red hot passion that burns in us when we are in the write zone. We must write that one scene and need that coffee/drink/chocolate, all disappears from the brain but this consuming need.

coffee time

It can bring on an unexpected outcome. It can bring bliss beyond our wildest dreams when everything comes together and despite the addiction our work is the best we have ever wrote, or crippling despair when the editor puts us straight and tells us there are plot holes, head hopping, tense shifts, we use our tags wrong, the pacing is off, etc.

Taking comfort in your addiction sounds like a great way to deal, but is it? Wouldn’t it be better if we could find that balance between the addiction and reason?

yeah wine

Lucy laughs as she reaches for her coffee on the table just beyond her grasp. Leaning a little further, steadying herself with one hand while balancing. “If one can manage to reach just a little further one needs not go higher. Higher, further, lower, closer. All words to express how one wants what one does not have. Covet, want, desire and we’re full circle back to lust. Isn’t human nature prone to it? To lust after what one does not have, or lust after more of that one thing which makes us feel good? Doesn’t that make for the overreaching, the flight into highs one cannot sustain? To go where no one has gone before. To be the only one, the first one, the special one …”

Earth to the highflyer! Wake-up call! recoverymonthad1

AmyO Ask Amy Oathout how kicking the habit is way better than living the dream, or rather nightmare when one looks at it with a sober eye.

Do you have an addiction, or habit? And how do you deal with it?