“Bill W. delves into the biological processes of addiction and the universal characteristics of users, applying knowledge he has acquired as both a biologist and former alcoholic. In this section in particular, the author makes complex concepts incredibly clear by using tangible examples and metaphors. For example, he compares addiction to a furnace with a broken thermostat that will continue to heat up until there are disastrous consequences. The second half of the manual is focused solely on Bill W.’s plan, with steps broken down into “The First 90 Days Sober” (Steps 1 to3), “Reconstruction” (Steps 4 to 9), and “Long-Term Sobriety” (Steps 10 to 12). Having traversed the 12-step program himself, the author often uses the pronoun “we” with a tone free of judgment. His sharing of powerful firsthand experiences further personalizes and legitimizes his writing.”
“The guide contains a wealth of information and inspiration from beginning to end.”
“An excellent resource for understanding and overcoming addiction written with both authority and humility.” — Kirkus Review
“A lifeline for those in desperate need of help, but not from a higher power.”
“An accessible recovery guide of the AA 12-step practice toward sobriety for agnostics.”
~ 5/5 STARS, CBR AWARD WINNER – Chanticleer Book Reviews
“In summary, I find this book brief, concise, easy to read and understand, and likely to be valuable to anyone thinking about recovery, or in the early stages . . . I seriously think that had I had access to this on my first abortive try at AA, it might have saved me many years of harm” – AA Agnostica’s Review by Chris G.