From the back cover:
"And acceptance is the answer to all my problems ..."
You may already know of Dr. Paul's wisdom through the often-quoted passage
from page 449 of his story in the 3rd of edition of A.A.'s big book, Alcoholics
Dr. Paul continues sharing his astute insight and gentle
humor in "There's More To Quitting Drinking Than Quitting Drinking" with
discussions of the physical, mental, emotional, interpersonal and spiritual
aspects of sobriety.
"Acceptance," Dr. Paul writes, "has to be repeated over and
over and over again with every new situation and circumstance. It isn't a
destination; it's a continuous process, a journey, a philosophy, a way of
This book is for the person who has achieved his or her initial goal in
a Twelve Step program and now wants more -- more of everything the program
has to offer, more of everything they can get by expanding their thinking
and extending themselves.
Dr. Paul discusses thinking, feeling and communicating
as they relate to the physical, mental and emotional aspects of sobriety.
He gives us his interpretation and application of the "Serenity Prayer" and,
of course, he talks about acceptance.
"Not only has Dr. Paul targeted problems that face most
of us today, he offers invaluable resources and applicable solutions coupled
with a light touch and his enjoyable wit. He has a spiritual and humble nature
which is woven throughout this book. He incorporates answers for even those
questions we hadn't yet realized we need to ask." --Sue M., M.F.C.C.
Excerpts from There's
More to Quitting Drinking Than Quitting Drinking
by Dr. Paul 0.
My Alcoholic Brain
Thinking has always been a problem for me. If my only problem
had been drinking, I could have handled it easily. If drinking is a problem,
don't drink. I knew that. But my common sense and good intentions dissolved
when drinking and thinking joined forces against me.
My brain and my body have always been in conflict. My mind has
always wanted things my body can't provide. They never agreed on whether
or not we could drink. My body told my brain, "Alcohol gives us high blood
pressure, diabetes, a peptic ulcer and colitis. It sickens our liver and
unpredictably switches our mind off and on for variable periods of time.
It causes mental confusion amounting to a toxic psychosis. We almost always
walk and talk funny when we drink. We simply do not handle alcohol well.
After a moment or two of thoughtful consideration, my brain responded
with, "Oh, well what the hell! One little drink never hurt anybody."
My Mind vs My Computer
My mind has a defective toggle switch. It indiscriminately turns
itself off and on, thinks when it should be resting, rests when it should
be thinking, and thinks about things it should ignore.
If I had my way, my mind, in addition to an On/Off switch, would
have Erase, Delete and Rewind capabilities. When I type "CLS" on my computer,
the screen clears itself of whatever we've been working on, and we start over
fresh. In fact, when totally confused and not sure what to do next, my computer
stops. It refuses to move in any direction. To get it to start over with
not a single memory of the confusion, I press Conrol+Alt+Delete. The screen
goes blank. The machine discards all the clutter. In a few seconds it lights
up and, in effect, says, "I'm ready now. Let's start over."
I learned how to get my computer to do this by reading the owner's
manual. Not only can my mind not clear itself of confusion in such an efficient
manner, it came with no operating instructions and no manufacturer's guarantee.
I'm completely own my own in trying to figure out how to use it.
Never, after turning of my computer before going to bed, have
I known it to turn itself on in the middle of the night and resume working
on a problem we struggled with earlier in the evening. My mind, having a
mind of it's own, does this all the time.
Copyright (c) 1995 by Dr. Paul O.
Published by Capizon Publishing