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electridestiny reviewed Look What Dragged the Cat In: The rise of an opioid crisis

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 Must-Read, Especially If You Binge Drink! April 24, 2019

This book is very informative. If you or a significant other drink alcohol, I highly recommend reading this book. The most insightful thing about this book is how alcohol is one of the most dangerous, legal drugs currently. Despite it's thousands-of-years history, instead of creating a more informative culture, we have instead made a frankenstein's monster of a society, where marketing matters more than science. We'd prefer to hear how drinking wine is good for your heart, instead of explaining the exact benefits, which are none, and the cons of becoming an avid drinker. I find it interesting "winos" is considered a term for alcoholics, but wine is considered to be on the healthy spectrum of alcohol. It's almost overwhelming how much cognitive dissonance happens because of alcohol. Of course, I'm sure that's because of all of the advertisements for Miller Light, a plethora of different liquors, and mixed drinks for those that don't like the taste of poison.

At the point of book you think "My Body, My Rules," the author gives us a wake-up call of an exhaustive list of what alcohol does to your body. Our bodies were not meant to generate poison, it's the equivalent of drinking boat fuel (anyone seen It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia? If so, this book makes your heart hurt for Charlie.) As soon as you drink it, your organs go through a lot of measures to arm themselves from sitting in a poisonous liquid. Unfortunately, the things they do, like creating fat muscles, leaching calcium from bones, and processing alcohol to prevent death, can wreak havoc on your body. Anything from Cancer, to an unexpected heart attack, can be tied to binge drinking/alcoholism.

I highly recommend this book that needs a wake up call, especially if they're under 30. My fiance had avascular necrosis of his left hip, and had to get a full hip replacement at 27. His parents are alcoholics, and he began drinking at age 18. It's a rare disease, and alcohol is one of the biggest contributors. I wish I had read this book when I was 18, I would've pushed for my fiance to drink much less. Unfortunately it's embedded in our society "to have fun when you're young."Show Less


Ezela Salazar reviewed Look What Dragged the Cat In: The rise of an opioid crisis

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 Interesting, powerful book about drugs and alcohol impacting today's economy and health April 23, 2019

Look What Dragged the Cat In is a bit of an angry anthem against the opioid crisis, with an unexpected twist. The author lists alcoholism as the catalyst of the crisis. Or, better stated – Alcoholism is what Dragged the Opioid Cat in. The author lists loads of references and statistics, but the book is very casually and dramatically written.

But don’t misunderstand me – none of this is a criticism toward the book. This is just a statement of how I received the material. The casual nature of the written conversation, plus the passionate voice throughout the chapters would lead this book to be a helpful and engaging read for anyone who wants to know more about the opioid crisis and alcoholism. If you are looking for a reference on just opioid’s, this is not the book for you, because the author does weigh heavily on alcoholism for a while and that actually seems like the main focus of the book.

He goes on at length about reducing advertising to prevent teenage drinking, reducing public drinking, and raising the price of alcohol seem like reactive band aids to a situation. In fact, all three of these were implemented against tobacco. And although smoking has been reduced, people still smoke. People inherently do things that aren’t necessarily good for them, but perhaps that’s the root of the author’s frustration – give the public undeniable facts and they’ll still smoke and drink.Show Less


Anthony Samuel reviewed Look What Dragged the Cat In: The rise of an opioid crisis

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 Drugs don't make you feel better... just less bad April 14, 2019

A book what I thought was to be about the opioid crisis, quickly opened my eyes to the bigger problem of addiction in America. As a chemist, I appreciated the breakdown of each opioid substance and their chemical composition. This is important as each drug can be renamed, rebranded, and remarketed as something different in the fight against drug abuse. More importantly, it can confuse non-scientist about what we are fighting in society. The most surprising thing about this story was the exposure of how expensive drugs costs this country. We are paying for everyone’s drug addiction. The most important part of this book is the identification of the gateway drug, alcohol. I loved how Scott introduced the opioid crisis but dug deep into the core of how alcohol is a drug used to fuel the fire of other drug addictions.

I can probably count on both hands how many times I’ve had alcohol. This book has pushed me to not touch it even at a social level. I’ve always felt it was toxic but I never felt convinced with all of the conflicting statistics and articles I’ve read or heard on the news. Exposing how results can be swayed for donors explains a lot. I think every parent should read this book because you never know what you child will walk into. You can’t supervise them 24/7. This book gives research and reasoning on why even just a little bit can be dangerous in the present and in the future. I really enjoyed being educated and discovering the deeper problem behind drugs in America. I’m not sure if it’ll be acted on because alcohol is a huge part of the worlds culture but, at least we can educate ourselves to change generations to come. After all, drugs don’t make us feel better. They just make us feel less worse.Show Less


tyler b. reviewed Look What Dragged the Cat In: The rise of an opioid crisis

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 Facts! April 3, 2019

This is such a powerful book that EVERYONE who’s interested in opiate issues or alcohol needs to read. A interesting mix of thoughts went into this informative book that really shines light on this topic of opiates that has captivated many. I like how the author went in straight away pointing out hypocrisy and uneducated people’s points that went towards this epidemic. Speaking out about this controversial topic I believe is brave and I admire the authors strong beliefs about alcohol and opiates. Talking about the government in such a way that made it sensible and easy to understand I found myself agreeing. The author backed up opinions and witty remarks with in depth research and facts that are solid. Remarkable research went into this book and I loved it very much. This information was very easy to understand and the sources were credible. I love reading about topics like this because it seems that everyone has a different take on them and it can be insightful to solving the issue. I like how the book not only talked of issues but also tells of a plan to fix the issues and help people avoid issues all together all said in conventional points of steps.Please read if your interested in learning about an important topic in America and in a different light or should I say perspective. Overall a thoughtful well written book on a topic that is often overlooked and not well displayed.Show Less


Tessa reviewed Look What Dragged the Cat In: The rise of an opioid crisis

1 of 1 people found the following helpful

 An amazing book that delves into the crisis our country is facing with opioids! March 29, 2019

“Look what the cat dragged in: The rise of an opioid crisis” by Scott Stevens. First off just let me say wow! You did a fantastic job on this book!

When reading in the first few chapters how the invention of the opioids came about, I was a bit surprised. I had no idea heroine was originally derived from boiling down morphine, or that Bayer had once mass produced it!

Let me just congratulate you on numerous points throughout this book! First, I’m glad that you’re not blaming just the Dr.’s or the manufacturers. I enjoyed your description of pain medicine and how one patient may not experience pain in the same manners as the next. Your statement in chapter VIII that our culture glorifies the high, the escape, getting smashed….absolutely awesome and 100% true!!!!

I loved reading the chapters about the big alcohol companies funding and being a part of their own research and study groups. I totally agree with your chapter regarding the same thing with tobacco companies, if the tobacco companies were to do the same, the country would have slaughtered them!

I was very surprised to learn that alcohol is a top cancer cause! You hear all the time about cigarettes causing mouth and esophageal cancer, but I had no idea alcohol was a top contender in that. Your chapter on the cost to healthcare alone and the hospitals being overloaded with patients that have a direct relation to alcohol stunned me!

Your chapters were well written and easy to understand! I had to stop while reading it a couple of times to tend to the other half, but I easily picked right back up where I was. This was a true pleasure to read and I give it a high five star mark! If I could give it a ten I would!

Thank you Scott for saying what so many people are afraid to say!Show Less


Jennifer Morse reviewed Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud : Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety

 I really wanted to like this book January 19, 2018

I really wanted to like this book. After reading several chapters I began skimming. Stopping at Table II and comparing myself/symptoms between an Alcoholic and an Abuser I was done with the book. I fell somewhere 50/50 in the middle. My one year at AA also found a black/white, one size fits all, and either/or hierarchy. That was 37 years ago. I was stopping booze, tobacco, marijuana, and cocaine all at the same time. Alchohol morning, noon and night was my favorite past time. Everything else, frosting.

However, don't get me wrong...whatever works stick with it. Sobriety is both work and a blessing.

Bill. Jennifer's husband.Show Less


Addicted Minds reviewed I Can't See the Forest With All These Damn Trees In the Way - The Health Consequences of...

 I tend to be a scanner when I read or ... November 26, 2017

I tend to be a scanner when I read or run through website pages, books, articles, etc. However, whenever, I read Scott’s books, life seems to get a little calmer and my mind tends to focus in on each paragraph, sentence and string of words being used. I suppose it because when I read Scott’s books, I can tell, this is a man who has the personal and professional experience and this is a book full of information I need to learn!


Addicted Minds reviewed Adding Fire to the Fuel: Challenging shame and the stigma of alcoholism

 Scott is a excellent writer. I have a couple books he has ... November 26, 2017

Scott is a excellent writer. I have a couple books he has written as well. I always find them informative and easy to read. His wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field of addiction / alcoholism is clearly seen throughout each page!


J S K reviewed I Can't See the Forest With All These Damn Trees In the Way - The Health Consequences of...

 It's short and to the point which is good for my clients January 29, 2017

It's an eye opener to have all these alcohol and health studies in one place, side by side. It's short and to the point which is good for my clients. I didn't believe that he mentioned in breast cancer and another on dementia, so I looked them up and they are legit. Great informative reading.


Kidkel69 reviewed Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud: Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety

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 "Just one Beer!" How many times I have said that- Review "Every Silver Lining , Has a Cloud May 16, 2016

Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud: Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety Being of sound body and mind, is very challenging as a chronic relapser-. "Just one Beer!" How many times I have said that , to the point of almost giving up on sobriety all together.
Author, Scott Stevens, gives us relapsers hope , in a disease of the mind. You will totally find yourself relating to the unusual, yet sometimes normal ways , us alcoholics can continually fall in the relapse mode. If you want out of the relapse trap, and mindset- this is a must read book- I also recommend it for any and all alcohol and substance abuse professionals and to make this book a choice in your seminars. A true journey for the reader- an enlightening one at that. I was lucky enough to receive a signed copy that I treasure.


AWR reviewed Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud : Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety

1 of 1 people found the following helpful

 A brutally good expose on recovery April 4, 2016

This book is for those who would like to delve deep into the nuances of getting better and leaving booze behind for good. I will definitely re-read my highlights from this recovery chart work every few months, just to keep so many of the intelligent perspectives fresh in my mind.

Two of my favorite takeaways: 1) "Drinking often or in excess or both is like you've stepped out into the highway - the truck just hasn't hit you yet." 2) "My past is my corpse."Show Less

Morgan McConnell reviewed Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud : Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety

1 of 1 people found the following helpful

 Helpful February 6, 2016

Gave me very helpful insights into the struggles loved one go through in early sobriety.

Elizabeth Willman MS, LPC, NCC, CSAC, SAP reviewed Adding Fire to the Fuel: Challenging shame and the stigma of alcoholism

1 of 1 people found the following helpful

 A Must Read for Clinicians February 2, 2016

Scott does an excellent job providing a historical account of the history of alcohol use and discusses the stigma that it continues to carry. His knowledge and his own personal experiences are invaluable to individuals in recovery and to clinicians who need to understand.

Elizabeth Willman MS, LPC, NCC, CSAC, SAP reviewed Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud: Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety

1 of 1 people found the following helpful

 New Addition to My Clinical Favorites February 2, 2016

Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud is now an addition to my clinical favorites. There are some awesome morsels of humor within these pages that had me laughing at a time when I should have been crying. Scott shares from his heart and openly discusses and discloses his personal struggles. He has put to words what many have difficulty discussing the "symptoms" individual's who suffer with addiction are left with long after they put down the bottle. For anyone who has ever struggled with alcohol addiction, relapse and the disease of the mind this is a must read!Show Less

kmurph31 reviewed Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud : Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety

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 Every Cloud has a Silver Lining November 21, 2015

Every Silver Lining has a Cloud is a book that constantly drives home the point that alcoholism leads to death. It compares the traits of alcoholism vs. alcohol abusers and overstates the point that alcohol abuse does not lead to death. But makes the point that alcohol abusers find themselves in trouble with the law and are mandated by courts to seek the same treatment such as groups or AA. The author's opinion is that alcohol abusers that participate in the same treatment plans as alcoholics, can sabotage alcoholic's sobriety. The book was interesting when it talked abour /
guilt and shame and how these emotions interfere with sobriery.
This book cites roo mant sources which interrupts the narrative flow. This book was nor rhe book rhat I was looking for. Perhaps I picked this instead of a book rhat could help explain addiction. I'm looking for a book that explains prescription pill addiction and what would drive someone to accidentally overdosing that resulted in my sisters death.. Otherwise I would highly recommend Every Cloud Has a Sulver Lining to those afflicted with dealing with alcoholism or alcohol abuse because according to the author there is a big difference. I think it (book) pertains to anyone who struggles or knows someone who struggles with alcohol.Show Less

Sarah-Pink reviewed Adding Fire to the Fuel: Challenging shame and the stigma of alcoholism

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 and facts are awesome and very useful August 29, 2015

Scott Stevens has again written a very powerful and necessary book. The stigma attached with being alcoholic or recovering alcoholic is overwhelming and Scott explains and goes far to share what needs to be done to erase that stigma.
Scott's statistics, research, and facts are awesome and very useful...especially for people like me who work with people and families who are dealing with alcoholism. There is no room for blame or shame and certainly no labeling when it comes to people who are in recovery. I have never seen those things work for anyone. Many people do want to get sober or clean but, the fear of being "found out," keeps them from taking the first step into recovery. I truly wish I could get this book into the hands of every teacher, doctor, rehab in the world. It is an eye-opener and it left me
feeling hopeful. Thank you again for writing this Scott.Show Less

Wilma Lettings reviewed Adding Fire to the Fuel: Challenging Shame and the Stigma of Alcoholism

2 of 2 people found the following helpful

 So useful, everyone should read this August 26, 2015

This is a powerful and invaluable book about an issue related to alcoholism. It has ‘in-valuable lessons for everyone, including non-alcoholics.
Using literary and philosophical quotes as headings the chapters all hit home with a few very well-put truths about alcoholism, society and human behaviour.
Blame has never helped anyone. The stigma attached to alcoholism, the stereotypes, prejudices and misinformation contribute largely to the problem because they stop people from seeking help.
Stevens is an award-winning journalist with great analytical capabilities, a sharp dissecting mind and first-hand knowledge of the subject – and all of this shines through every chapter.
Stevens has done a lot of research and adds well-presented statistics and data to bust a few myths and support his many so truthful statements and thought-provoking questions.
“Has every Kenyan won a marathon? Is every alcoholic a train wreck?”
The book is full of knowledge, clarifications and pointers and the world would be a more compassionate and better place if everyone read and took a leaf out of this book.
To quote one of the great chapter headings / quote from Johannes Kepler: “I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses.”
As society we have a lot to learn. How we treat our weakest and vulnerable and how we help them – active and passive- says a lot about us. Information and the right attitude are still not widely spread. The book is a useful tool to help us with this. A must read for anyone.Show Less

Tim reviewed Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud : Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety

 I liked all the technical information August 17, 2015

Very well written, I liked all the technical information.

Sarah-Pink reviewed What the Early Worm Gets

2 of 2 people found the following helpful

 This book is for those who are willing to read ... August 2, 2015

This book is for those who are willing to read the truth about Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse. Yes there is a difference. It is also about how society and the law looks and treats those with this disease. It is filled with the facts, the hards truths about alcohol. Read this book and you will see that the truth will set you free.

Julie P. reviewed Adding Fire to the Fuel: Challenging shame and the stigma of alcoholism

5 of 5 people found the following helpful

 Another well written and informative book on Scott Stevens' experiences ... July 8, 2015

Another well written and informative book on Scott Stevens' experiences with alcoholism and recovery. The stigma of alcoholism is covered extensively in this book and insight is provided into understanding the stigma that many recovering alcoholics face in their new world without alcohol. Scott Stevens is an expert on the subject of alcoholism and recovery. He brings his perspective and draws people in with his clever and engaging writing style. I am looking forward to his next writing endeavor.Show Less

Julie P. reviewed Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud : Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety

3 of 3 people found the following helpful

 An excellent book written in an extremely reader friendly style July 8, 2015

An excellent book written in an extremely reader friendly style. Scott Stevens holds nothing back with regard to his own experiences with alcoholism and recovery. A very important book for anyone to read - not just those struggling with the disease.

Bill McCabe reviewed Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud: Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety

7 of 7 people found the following helpful

 More relevant than the Big Book! May 17, 2015

The most important thing I've read since mine journey into recovery! Perhaps more relevant than the Big Book! I only wish I could get my family to read it to gain a better understanding of the disease. From the disease model, to coping mechanisms, to advice about therapy - awesome! I read it slowly, highlighted often, and will reread it no doubt many times.

delaney6 reviewed Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud : Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety

1 of 1 people found the following helpful

 Five Stars March 19, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. So well written.

Ink Blot reviewed Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud : Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety

7 of 8 people found the following helpful

 Important Steps February 19, 2015

This book was certainly eye-opening, and an important work for anyone struggling with alcoholism. Stevens' book tells it like it is, no if's and's or but's, and clearly explains the symptoms and dangers of relapse. His extensive research and wise words from personal experience are a wealth of knowledge and taught me a lot about alcohol, the industry, and the disease. For those looking for help and the next step to recovery, I highly recommend this book. Five stars.Show Less

Kindle Customer49 reviewed Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud : Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety

4 of 4 people found the following helpful

 A Great Book for Everyone!! December 23, 2014

Scott Steven’s extremely readable “Every Silver Lining Has A Cloud” is SUCH an important work! Powerful, clearly written, enormously informative, this book taught me not only about the emotional rollercoaster an alcoholic takes, but also about the chemical science of alcoholism, which basically stacks the genetic biochemical deck against him or her.

Scott also goes into Al-Anon, the legal system, and the futility of incarceration programs as well as how dysfunctional families play such a large role in alcoholism. Peppered throughout the book are well-versed truisms and great chapter opening quotes, which I personally thought added an extra punch to it all. And lest you think this book is like so many other self-help books, filled with one unprovable case study after another, here, every eye-opening statement or life example is backed up by worthy sources. A true find for everyone! HIGHLY recommended!Show Less

Susan Ephgrave reviewed Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud: Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety

1 of 1 people found the following helpful

 Five Stars September 11, 2014


Lori reviewed Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud : Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety

15 of 15 people found the following helpful

 Should be required reading July 4, 2014

At first I thought the words seemed discouraging to a reader who may be just starting out in abstinence, but Scott has great respect for the disease. He is very frank, which is obviously what people need if they are to hear the message. The book is well-researched with a good amount of personal experience. We need more people from the author's demographic (working professionals) to tell their story in order to let the country know that there is another way to live. People are dying from alcohol. I like the way he compares it to smoking and the national movement to promote health by quitting.

The money involved in the alcohol industry is certainly a driver in the whole equation, and as he presents this aspect of alcohol people should be infuriated. It is amazing that we have found a substance so utterly powerful over all of society, including the industry, profit, advertisement, DUI and drunk driving deaths, violence, broken ralationships, incarceration, health issues, etcetera and that it remains loved, idolized and included in daily life planning of everything from parties, dining, and even taking a flight to weddings and celebrations, "Do we need alcohol? How much will it cost? How much do we need?" It has become an expectation.

Great book and very easy to read!Show Less

I.L. Shuman,Jr MD reviewed Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud : Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety

14 of 14 people found the following helpful

 Good to know what gets in the head for a person to relapse. Lots of good information for families dealing with chronic relapses April 13, 2014

Very good read for families or loved ones dealing with chronic relapses. I would recommend this book. Lots of information from one that is an alcoholic

Christopher Ohn reviewed Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud : Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety

14 of 14 people found the following helpful

 Best One I've Read on this Subject March 24, 2014

This book was just amazing. Without being preachy, without judgment, without demands, the author tells his story and analyzes what is happening through an exploration of scientific fact, theory, and anecdotes from others in similar situations. This book was captivating from beginning to end, and I recommend it to EVERYONE. My only complaint? The italicized text throughout was a little distracting, but you get over it.

dale reviewed Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud : Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety

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While I don't suffer from alcohol addiction I do suffer from meth addiction..Scott has put forth a tremendous amount of research and time into this book to reach out to others struggling in there addictions...he's not just some nutty professor taking stuff from a book..he has lived through his own addiction to alcohol and now is paying it forward..God Bless and continue to carry the message bro.

Moore Ronson reviewed Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud : Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety

3 of 3 people found the following helpful

 In depth, very informative January 22, 2014

I read ‘Every Silver Lining has a Cloud’ to find out ways to recover from alcoholism, not for me, but for my family member. As somebody who is close to an alcoholic, I know exactly what harm alcohol could do to the alcoholic as well as his family members.

This book has a mix of stories and facts. The author shares with readers his personal experiences of struggling with alcoholism. In plain language he explained what alcoholism is, with reference to scientific researches and theories (presented in a way that layman could understand). He explained how to stay sober, there are detailed analysis of various cures such as group therapy and counseling. The advices are indeed actionable.

What I particularly liked about this book is how it corrected most people’s misconceptions about alcoholism and relapse. After reading this book, I started to re­think whether it is an alcoholic to blame or there are factors out of his control, such as chemical imbalance?

Overall, this is a great reading I highly recommend.Show Less

Debbie Wilson reviewed Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud : Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety

16 of 16 people found the following helpful

 Very informative read October 19, 2013

"This is a very informative look at alcoholism, and the symptoms of relapse. I learned a lot of valuable new information that I was not aware of. Researchers have now discovered that high levels of cortisol determine a true alcoholic. Cortisol is related to adrenalin, and explains why alcoholics are more sensitive to everything. Imagine your most stressful day, this is the baseline for alcoholics. Relapse often occurs due to added stress which produces more cortisol. This book takes a look at how to keep stressors down, and also delves into court appointed rehabs, how to choose the best professional help and more. A great short read for anyone interested in alcoholism."Show Less

Grammy reviewed Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud: Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety

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 Recovery October 17, 2013

I truly enjoyed and learned from the book Every Silver Lining Has A Cloud. The author, being an alcoholic can relate to us who are afflicted. Even if you are not afflicted but a family member is you can learn from his experiences. We are never cured from our disease. It is an insidious disease and His experience with a relapse proves how powerful Alcohol is.. I encourage you to read this excellent book and it doesn't matter if you have 30 days or 30 years the information given is for all…..Show Less

tassy reviewed Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud : Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety

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 Every Silver Lining September 27, 2013

Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud: Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety by Scott Stevens is a must read for every alcoholic and those living with those suffering with the disease. The author never plunges the reader into why me whining but brings sound knowledge and insights from many sources. Scott also explains the discovery of cortisol which inhibits the sufferer and makes it so more difficult to stay off the booze. Every page brings a fresh slap in the face to wake us up to the real effects of alcohol. This is a book that should be available reading in every library and needs to be made aware to all governments, medical practitioners and psychiatrists worldwide. I must admit, my blinkers have been removed and I will for ever see alcoholism in a different light, not tainted by prejudice and ignorance.
I give this book FIVE STARS for its bold approach and brutal truthfulness. Well done Scott Stevens.Show Less

Monica reviewed Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud: Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety

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 Essential look at sobriety September 24, 2013

Every silver lining has a cloud is a very straight forward account on relapse and the road to recovery from alcohol. It also talks a lot about how psychological mechanisms relate to alcoholism. In this book, we not only get a very personal account of one man's story, we also get to hear from experts, psychologists, and doctors. This book was written by a reporter so you get a real glimpse into his struggles and a hard look at the recovery process. This book is truly unique because it gives you so much comprehensive information from both personal and professional sources. It is very useful in helping you gain insight into the hardships of sobriety and the danger of relapse. This is a very well written book and I recommend it to everyone.Show Less

Harry reviewed Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud : Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety

1 of 1 people found the following helpful

 A Must read for anyone facing Alcoholism September 3, 2013

Most people's lives have been touched by alcoholism, my own included, so when I came across this book I felt compelled to give it a try,
The first thing I liked about this book is the authors writing style, you can tell it's written by someone who has been through it, offering his methods and advice on such things as self-control or what may bring on a relapse, it's not always pretty but it's always honest and a must read for anyone facing alcoholism in their lives.
Summing up there are very few self-help books I recommend, but this one is high on the list. Get it or give it but change a life today.Show Less

R. Jane Anderson reviewed Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud: Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety

2 of 2 people found the following helpful

 He talks the talk...and has walked the walk... August 25, 2013

Mr. Stevens personal experience as an alcoholic who relapses and the scientific reference sprinkled through a very conversational style was a great read for me. I have purchased five copies of the book and given them to other recovering friends.

One of the best books I've read written by a fellow relapser. I wish I'd only had one relapse. Stevens book will hopefully help me prevent another.

Diane Conlinn reviewed Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud : Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety

1 of 2 people found the following helpful

 Okay August 22, 2013

But I am a chronic relapser so what else can I say. I will keep it up until I succeed.

kimberly grace reviewed Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud: Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety

1 of 1 people found the following helpful

 Informative and personal July 12, 2013

I felt the book has relevent, current information as far as problems with alcohol are concerned. The author has used his experience as well as scientific information to share his story.

Ariel Sanders reviewed Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud : Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety

6 of 6 people found the following helpful

 An empowering and life changing book! May 26, 2013

Mr. Scott Stevens is an authority on the subject of alcoholism, and this book is an indispensable tool for anyone struggling with alcoholism or fear of not being able to retain sobriety. Co-dependents will also find it useful as it can contribute to a better understanding of their own psychology and enabling tendencies. The book offers shrewd observations on human behavior, insights difficult to find in most psychology books! Anyone who seeks a better understanding and compassion for human nature will profit from this read, as a lot of the behaviors described are universal. The book gains much of its power from the author's personal experiences and wisdom derived while going through his struggle with alcoholism. It is an honest expression of feelings, witty analogies, personal struggles, and shining victories.

The author's research explains in simple language the nature of this disease, and dissolves some of its myths. Although the author says that "Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud" isn't a crusade to cure people, this book can be life changing. Just being aware of people, places or things that trigger relapse is not enough. One has to be aware also of the inner stressors that contribute to the secretion of excess cortisol, the major factor in relapse. Several ideas and solutions are mentioned as a way to ease or prevent the symptoms brought out by stressors like guilt, shame, forgiveness, and grief. These thoughts and ideas - the author's way of dealing with problems common to himself and others - are extremely psychologically sound and empowering! (Chapters 4-7).

The author goes through the secrets to succeeding in sobriety. Chapter 8 provides valuable suggestions for anyone who struggles with communication skills or assertiveness. A lot can go wrong in group self-help, group therapy, counseling, therapy programs, or AA and Chapters 9-10 provide information on what works and what doesn't. Chapter 10, in particular, focuses on the success characteristics of group therapy and group self-help. Some of the stories included there would be hilarious if they were fiction, but are disturbing when they demonstrate the obscurity and stupidity of social programs that ignore these characteristics for success. That is why it is cleverer for one to shop around for help before one is forced into something that is not working. The book shows what to look for.

Relapse is not a deliberate, willful decision. Inner stressors, alcoholism and cortisol are all knitted together. The understanding gained from reading this book has the ability to restore bruised self-esteem, dignity, and confidence, which the system and uninformed people can strip from a fellow human being born into some biochemical imbalance. How can a system be so harsh over an alcoholic's "choice", when like "Sophie's Choice", it may not be a choice at all? Such clouds can lead a relapsed alcoholic into an (unnecessarily) miserable life, much as they led Sophie. The naïve judgments and stigma attached are unfair and counterproductive.

Alcoholism, the author explains, is not a moral shortcoming due to lack of self control. More than anything, it is due to chemical imbalance. The chemical imbalance contributing to alcoholism is different from the one contributing to relapse. However, life does not have to return to chaos. When one recognizes the sobriety symptoms and does not react by drinking, life becomes better! It would be interesting to also read "What the Early Worm Gets", because an imbalance of neurochemicals like serotonin and dopamine can be responsible not only for alcoholism but also for the unhappy lives that a lot of us live in silent desperation, but we do not even know it!

The author has superb writing skills I envy. He has lived up to his journalistic background. Anyone in search of valuable statistics pertinent to alcoholism will find the final chapter a valuable resource. As a reporter, the author also clarified terms that many are inclined by mistake to use interchangeably; for example, shame vs. guilt, sobriety vs. recovery vs. abstinence, alcoholism vs. alcohol abuse. The book "Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud" is the product of obvious intelligence and understanding. Highly recommended.Show Less

Meghan reviewed Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud : Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety

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 Read this book, or give this away as a life-changing gift April 29, 2013

This is quite an interesting take on the massive problem of alcoholism. But instead of the usual sweeping generalizations or a presentation of cold, hard facts, `Every Silver Lining has a Cloud' is author Scott Stevens' deeply personal story of struggling with alcoholism and in staying sober--and it brims with wisdom and life-changing lessons that anyone--whether alcoholic or not--can benefit from. But more than that--it is also full of actionable, helpful information that can help anyone--from alcoholics to those who know someone who suffers from it.

Scott Stevens has that rare talent to use his writing in "stabbing you in the heart"--you feel the truth, the honesty, and intensity of what he says, and you will immediately feel it right in the first few pages. This is a writer who knows what he writes about not only from an intellectual source, but he has the assurance, confidence, and knowledge of someone who has been in the trenches.

What's more, as alcoholism is a multifaceted problem, it also helps if you can understand the underlying mechanism of the condition. In this sense, the book hits a home-run, as Stevens has the knack for explaining complicated concepts and neuro-scientific facts in a way that can be immediately absorbed by the everyman.

And as Stevens says, (echoing the tone of the book's title) "failure is a better teacher." `Every Silver Lining has a cloud' is like witnessing a train wreck--a trainwreck that is highly articulate, erudite even, and one that eventually ends up not as a pile of rubble, but a shining example of triumph. For being deeply inspiring alone, this book deserves all of five stars.Show Less

justice reviewed Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud: Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety

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 Marked this up with notes - it's so good April 27, 2013

I am in recovery and have read books re: the disease of alcoholism. Been in recovery for 23 years and this is the best book I've read. He tells it like it is and he is right on about relapse. Everyone with a personal interest or dealing with alcoholism should read this. Loved it. Marked it all up.

Carol Edeker reviewed Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud : Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety

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 Must Read January 9, 2013

This is a Must Read for everyone holding on to Sobriety, successful or not so successful. The author describes biochemical processes that can be applied to rough times .. Also Scott Stevens clearly describes the physiological process as well. An easy read with a fast pace and good reference material for one's future.

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