Addiction Recovery Lifeboat: A Workbook to Develop Practical Skills to Navigate Your New Life With Ease (Addiction Recovery Lifeboat Supplies) (Author Interview)

Andrew, congratulations on the release of your book "Addiction Recovery Lifeboat Workbook." What inspired you to write this comprehensive guide?

Thank you so much! Writing the "Addiction Recovery Lifeboat Workbook" was inspired by my own personal journey of overcoming addiction and finding lasting sobriety. I wanted to create a comprehensive guide that could serve as a roadmap for others who are on their own recovery journey, offering them practical tools and insights to help them succeed.

The description mentions that you're a "seasoned survivor" of addiction. Could you share a bit about your personal journey and how it led you to write this book?

My personal journey with addiction spanned two decades, during which I battled alcohol addiction. It was a challenging and often painful experience, but it eventually led me to a place of sobriety that I've maintained for over the last 20 years. This journey of transformation and my dedication to helping others in their recovery are what led me to write this book. I wanted to share the wisdom and lessons I've gained through my own struggles to inspire and support others in their recovery efforts.

The first chapter of your book, "Setting Sail," aims to dispel common myths about addiction. Can you discuss one or two of those myths and why it's important to address them?

In the first chapter, "Setting Sail," I aim to dispel common myths about addiction, such as the misconception that addiction is a moral failing or a lack of willpower. It's crucial to address these myths because they can perpetuate stigma and prevent individuals from seeking help. By debunking these myths, we create a more compassionate and understanding environment for those in recovery.

"Charting Your Course" talks about setting SMART recovery goals. How do these differ from the generic goals people often set when they decide to quit an addictive behavior?

SMART recovery goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. They differ from generic goals in that they provide a clear and structured framework for individuals to set objectives that are realistic and attainable. This approach helps people in recovery to have a clear plan and direction, making their journey more manageable and successful.

In Chapter 3, "Assembling Your Crew," you emphasize the importance of building a support network. What are some common mistakes people make when choosing their support circle?

Choosing the right support circle is vital in recovery. One common mistake is relying solely on family and friends who may not have the knowledge or experience to provide effective support. Another mistake is not seeking professional help when needed. It's important to have a diverse support network that includes both peers and professionals who can offer different perspectives and expertise.

Mindfulness and meditation are discussed in Chapter 4, "The Life Preserver." How have these practices personally helped you in your recovery, and why do you think they are critical components in the process?

Mindfulness and meditation have played a crucial role in my own recovery by helping me stay present, manage stress, and build emotional resilience. These practices can provide individuals in recovery with the tools to cope with cravings, reduce anxiety, and cultivate a sense of inner peace. They are critical components because they promote self-awareness and emotional regulation.

In "Repairing Your Lifeboat," you talk about rebuilding self-worth. Could you provide an example of an activity or exercise that you find particularly effective?

The truth is: rebuilding self-esteem is sometimes a long process but an effective activity for rebuilding self-worth is journaling. Writing down positive affirmations, accomplishments, and moments of gratitude can gradually boost self-esteem. It's a simple but powerful practice that can help individuals shift their focus from self-doubt to self-affirmation. Continuously reminding yourself of positive events from your own life, praising yourself internally, and reinforcing that good, positive feeling can be beneficial.

Your chapter on "Fueling Your Journey" gives diet and exercise tips. How closely linked do you think physical health is to the recovery process?

Physical health is closely linked to the recovery process. Exercise and a balanced diet contribute to overall well-being and can help individuals in recovery feel better both physically and mentally. A healthy body supports a healthy mind, making it easier to stay committed to sobriety.

"Weathering the Storm" is a chapter dedicated to managing cravings and urges. Can you share a strategy or tip that has been invaluable for you?

One valuable strategy for managing cravings and urges is to have a plan in place before they occur. This plan can include calling a support person, engaging in a distracting activity, or practicing relaxation techniques. Having a predetermined response helps individuals resist the urge and maintain their sobriety.

Chapter 9, "Communication Channels," addresses improving communication skills. How does better communication contribute to a more successful recovery journey?

Better communication skills are essential in recovery because they enable individuals to express their feelings, needs, and boundaries effectively. Improved communication can lead to healthier relationships and a stronger support network, which are vital for long-term recovery.

The final chapter, "Anchoring Your New Life," deals with fostering personal growth and celebrating milestones. How important is it to acknowledge and celebrate successes, no matter how small?

Celebrating successes, no matter how small, is incredibly important. It reinforces positive behavior and motivates individuals to continue on their recovery journey. Recognizing milestones, even minor ones, provides a sense of accomplishment and encouragement to keep moving forward.

What is the most important message you want readers to take away from "Addiction Recovery Lifeboat Workbook"?

The most important message I want readers to take away from the "Addiction Recovery Lifeboat Workbook" is that recovery is possible and achievable for anyone. With the right mindset, support, and practical tools, individuals can navigate the challenging waters of addiction and emerge victorious.

Can you share an anecdote or real-life example that encapsulates the essence of your book and its approach to recovery?

One real-life example that encapsulates the essence of the book is a reader who shared their experience of using the workbook to set SMART goals, build a strong support network, and practice mindfulness. They successfully maintained their sobriety and saw improvements in their overall well-being, demonstrating that the workbook's approach can lead to positive outcomes.

How does your workbook differ from other addiction recovery books available on the market?

What sets my workbook apart is its holistic approach, drawing from my personal experience as a survivor and therapist. It combines practical exercises, expert advice, and a structured roadmap for recovery, making it a comprehensive and accessible resource for those seeking to overcome addiction.

Finally, what’s next for you? Do you have plans to expand on this book, perhaps with follow-up volumes or other resources?

I am considering expanding on the book's content in the future, possibly with follow-up volumes or additional resources to further support individuals in their recovery journeys. I'm committed to helping as many people as possible achieve lasting sobriety.

Where can readers get a copy of "Addiction Recovery Lifeboat Workbook" and how can they best reach you for further support or questions?

Currently, the book is available on However, I am in the process of creating my own website where it will also be available for purchase. I am just beginning to make my support in overcoming addiction accessible online.

If you could offer one piece of advice to someone who is at the beginning of their recovery journey, what would it be?

To someone at the beginning of their recovery journey, I would say, "Believe in yourself, and don't be afraid to seek help and support. You have the strength to overcome addiction, and there are resources available to guide you. Take it one step at a time, celebrate your progress, and never give up."

Are there any supplementary materials or programs that you recommend along with your book?

Along with the workbook, I recommend exploring local support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or SMART Recovery meetings. These groups provide valuable peer support and a sense of community. Additionally, individual therapy or counseling can be highly beneficial for personalized guidance.

Do you think this workbook is beneficial only for those who are in recovery, or could it also serve as a preventative measure or educational tool?

While the workbook is primarily designed for those in recovery, it can also serve as an educational tool for anyone interested in understanding addiction and the recovery process. It offers valuable insights into the challenges individuals face and the strategies that can lead to lasting change.

How did writing this book impact your own recovery journey, and what do you hope it accomplishes for others?

Writing this book has been a deeply personal and fulfilling journey for me. It allowed me to reflect on my own recovery and share my knowledge with others. My hope is that the book empowers individuals in their recovery journey, providing them with the tools they need to transform their lives and find lasting sobriety.

Thank you for taking the time to discuss your book and share your invaluable insights into the journey towards recovery. We're looking forward to hearing more about how "Addiction Recovery Lifeboat Workbook" is empowering people to live healthier, happier lives.