The Recovery Formula

An Addict's Guide to Getting Clean and Sober Forever

Non-Fiction - Health - Medical
97 Pages
Reviewed on 08/15/2015
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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 Recovery Formula: An Addict’s Guide to Getting Clean and Sober Forever by Beth Burgess is a guide for anyone addicted to alcohol or drugs who is ready to do something about it. Beth proposes a four-point approach. She tells people they must: 1) Get Honest, which is getting real about your problem, stopping the justifications and excuses. 2) Get Held, getting used to remaining sober and without Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome. 3) Get Committed, one has to be willing, always and every time and 4) Get Replacements, getting rid of anything that identifies you as someone who drinks too much or takes drugs. Above all, each of those who are interested in de-addiction will have to work out how they can apply the Recovery Formula to their own life to make it work for them.

The Recovery Formula: An Addict’s Guide to Getting Clean and Sober Forever by Beth Burgess is written with those people in mind, who have a strong desire to give up using drugs, or to stop drinking, but have no idea how to go about it. It is possible that they had tried to stop using or drinking on numerous occasions, but they kept relapsing. Beth talks about the essential elements underlying recovery in a beautiful and simple style. The path of recovery suggested here has her personal experience behind it. The advice has the potential to be easy for people who want to recover from a substance abuse problem. An excellent book indeed.