Books on alcoholism--alternatives to Alcoholics Anonymous


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Sober for Good : New Solutions for Drinking Problems -- Advice from Those Who Have Succeeded by Anne M. Fletcher

The author resolved her own alcohol problem without Alcoholics Anonymous. For this book she interviewed 222 people who had successfully overcome their alcohol problems to learn how they got and stayed sober. Many found sobriety through AA, but the majority used alternative solutions.


Alcohol: How to Give It Up and Be Glad You Did by Philip Tate, Ph.D.

The author describes himself as a "rational-emotive behavior therapist."

Paperback, Alcohol: How to Give It Up and Be Glad You Did, a Sensible Approach,
Kindle edition,

How to Quit Drinking Without AA: A Complete Self-Help Guide by Jerry Dorsman

"Quit drinking on your own terms," says Jerry Dorsman, addictions counselor and an alcoholic in recovery for over 16 years.


Addiction Is a Choice (Paperback) by Jeffrey A. Schaler

Argues that addiction is not a disease and that one does not need a higher power for recovery.

The Easy Way to Stop Drinking, by Allen Carr

Product Description

Carr offers a startling new view of why we drink and how we can escape the addiction. Step by step, with devastating clarity and simplicity, he applies the Easyway™ method, dispelling all the illusions that surround the subject of drinking and that can make it almost impossible to imagine a life without alcohol. Only when we step away from all these supposed pleasures and understand how we are being duped to believe we are receiving real benefits can we begin to live our lives free from any desire or need for drinking. The Easyway™ method centers on removing the psychological need to drink—while the drinker is still drinking. Following the Easyway™:

You will not need willpower
You will not feel deprived
You will lose your fear of withdrawal pangs
You will enjoy social occasions more
You will be better equipped to handle stress

The Easy Way to Stop Drinking is a landmark work that offers a simple and painless solution to anyone who wants to escape from dependency on alcohol without feeling deprived.

When AA Doesn't Work for You: Rational Steps to Quitting Alcohol by Albert Ellis and Emmett Velten


Turnabout: New Help for the Woman Alcoholic by Jean Kirkpatrick

Jean Kirkpatrick, founder of the pioneering international program Women for Sobriety, Inc., tells the story of her recovery from alcoholism. She has developed her own Thirteen Empowering Statements of Acceptance.


The Alcoholism & Addiction Cure: A Holistic Approach to Total Recovery by Chris Prentiss and Pax Prentiss

I am not sure that this book would be helpful. I suggest reading several of the reviews at before making a decision to buy.


Allen Carr's Easy Way to Control Alcohol

Kindle edition,

AA: Not the Only Way--Your One Stop Resource Guide to 12-Step Alternatives--Second Edition by Melanie Solomon


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Recovery Options: The Complete Guide by Joseph Volpicelli and , Maia Szalavitz


Paperback, Recovery Options: The Complete Guide,

Kindle edition,

Okay, I quit. Now what? / Becoming a Re-Invented Alcoholic by Mark Tuschel

"This thought provoking book will get you thinking and planning your new sober lifestyle. Personal responsibility and pride are the foundation of the principles.

"This is NOT a 12-step book or religious based. It is nontraditional and sometimes controversial. Adult language and situations are used in this book. NOT for the timid or bashful. It is written for those of us who want to control our destructive drinking and live a fully engaged, normal life."

Kindle edition,


Sober Is My New Drunk: 850 Days (and Counting) without Booze or AA. A Comedy in Twelve Steps by Paul Carr

Book description:

Paul Carr gave up booze with the same verve and originality that he brought to his life as a drunk.

For one thing, he didn't go to Alcoholics Anonymous, an organization that, he writes, "breeds an 'it's not my fault' mentality that refuses to accept that anyone can ever truly be cured of the 'disease' of alcoholism.":

Instead, Carr quit in the most non-anonymous way imaginable: He posted an open letter on his popular website. The letter was both a confession and an invitation for public scrutiny. "No matter where I was," he recalls, "there was always a chance that someone had read my post and was waiting to catch me with a drink in my hand." To help keep himself on the straight and narrow, Carr still has a counter at the top of his site, ticking off the number of days he's gone without a drink.

In this bracing (but zero-proof) tale of recovery, Carr delivers his own twelve steps to building a life without booze. His hard-earned advice, punctuated with anecdotes that are both cautionary and comic (a bender once took him to Iceland, where he drunkenly believed he'd get better Wi-Fi) is given with humility and goodwill. Along the way, Carr celebrates the simple yet overlooked pleasures of sobriety—weight loss, a renewed love life, the ability to buy a phone or laptop without promptly losing it in a bar. As he slowly discovers, a sober life actually CAN be fun. What's more, he'll remember it.

Kindle edition,


This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life, by Annie Grace


Kindle edition,






Recovery Options: The Complete Guide
Recovery Options: The Complete Guide,