The Happy Addict

How to be Happy in Recovery from Alcoholism or Drug Addiction

Non-Fiction - Self Help
184 Pages
Reviewed on 08/29/2015
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Author Biography

Beth Burgess is a Recovery Coach and a Therapist, as well as an alcoholic in recovery.

Beth lives in North London and runs Smyls, a solution-focused service she set up to empower people who have suffered setbacks in life to move on and find happiness.

As someone who has herself recovered from alcoholism, social anxiety disorder, bulimia, self-harm and Borderline Personality Disorder, Beth has an empathy and insight that allows her to reach people in the darkest of places.

Specialising in Addiction Recovery, Stress and Anxiety Disorders, Beth is often sought out to help people with other mental health issues and difficult life transitions. In addition to her work with individuals, she also offers consulting and runs stress workshops.

Beth is the author of 'The Recovery Formula: An Addict's Guide to Getting Clean & Sober Forever', 'The Happy Addict' and has also published a mini ebook, 'What is Self Esteem?'

Her therapeutic tools include Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Coaching, NLP and Hypnotherapy.

Beth has written articles for The Royal Society of the Arts, The Big Issue and various other publications. She writes her own 'Mind Mentor' blog as well as writing blogs for The Huffington Post and guest writing on other websites.

Beth regularly writes and speaks on social topics, such as addiction, criminal justice and mental health, as well as what it takes to live a healthy, happy life.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite

The Happy Addict: How to be Happy in Recovery from Alcoholism or Drug Addiction by Beth Burgess is for people who have put down the drink or drugs, but are still struggling to be happy and healthy. To overcome the hurdles that often face one in recovery, it is important that sobriety is understood as a new freedom in life rather than a restriction, so be prepared to do a few uncomfortable things to expand one's sober life. Challenge your old attitudes and ways of thinking; keep telling yourself you're a wonderful, happy, positive person and it will improve your ability to make that happen! The author also mentions the necessity to form good habits to replace bad habits as well as finding a purpose and a mission for one's life.

The Happy Addict: How to be Happy in Recovery from Alcoholism or Drug Addiction by Beth Burgess shows different ways of thinking and being to have positivity and peace of mind in one's journey to sobriety. This set of instructions is to help the recovering addicts see their unique qualities and skills and to buttress their own beliefs about themselves; in short, to remove the fear of seeking success. Beth’s book, by offering the keys to making the best of one's experiences, enables one in creating a better future by rearranging the past. Presented in a simple, easy and intuitive manner, this topics contained in this book can be adapted to one's recovery process.