How do we heal from diseases, traumas, accidents, and painful childhood experiences? Many memoirs and autobiographies provide us clues and inspiration. Professional guidebooks often engage us with personal accounts that help us see ourselves and gaze into a more healthy and satisfying future we desire.
From the Edge of the Cliff: Understanding the Two Phases of Recovery And Becoming the Person You’re Meant To Be by Dawn V. Obrecht, M.D., beautifully combines both the professional guidance and intimate feel of the person who has been there…and come out the other side. I had the privilege of assisting Doc Dawn with this new book and I’m excited to witness its launching. This is a comprehensive guide for anyone at any stage of the addiction recovery spectrum: those suffering through active addiction to alcohol and/or other drugs and desperate to claim recovery; those struggling through the fragile initial months or years of Phase I Recovery; and those who have sustained recovery but who yearn for something more in a life beyond alcohol and drugs: a Phase II Recovery. It’s also a vital resource for loved ones of addicts, and it’s an especially valuable aid for healthcare professionals who too often fail to understand the lives and needs of millions of women and men that come to them as a last resort.
Doc Dawn is an addiction specialist. She thoroughly knows the terrain. Some 30 years ago she was so desperate to escape her life of booze and drugs that she devised a plan to drive off a cliff in the Colorado mountains – with her two young children with her. Instead, she turned to recovery. The many stages she has successfully navigated offer tools and encouragement for those seeking to find their way.
The book is built around 60 practical, to-the-point lessons for alcoholics and addicts. If your own life is clouded by addiction, or you know someone who has battled this pervasive disease, From the Edge of the Cliff may serve as one of the most important and valuable allies they will find. You can learn more about Doc and the book at her website: www.docdawn.com
– Kevin Quirk, co-author of the inspirational book Brace for Impact: Miracle on the Hudson Survivors Share Their Stories of Near Death and Hope for New Life.