Breaking Through Denial: New Hope For Alcoholics
Historically, the sick, suffering alcoholic had to 'hit bottom,' become physically,
spiritually and emotionally bankrupt--and probably financially broke as well--before recovery
became a possibility. Most professionals in the counseling and treatment world still believe
the cry for help must come from the practicing alcoholic himself, who, some way, has to break
through his own wall of denial, one of the major conditions of alcoholism.
Unless the alcoholic is somehow able to overcome this denial, there is little hope that the
problem drinker will get into recovery before he or she wastes years of living, destroys
lifetime careers, devastates families, and even dies, never getting sober; nine out of ten
alcoholics, still, today, die of their disease. Tom Chace's new book, Am I? Am I Not?
An Alcoholic, offers a new solution to breaking through this wall of denial. Chace
designed Am I? Am I Not? for the therapist, doctor, or family member to give to the
person who is questioning his or her behavior around alcohol. The book is is relatively short
and talks to the drinker in a friendly, conversational tone. Even a person who is actively
drinking can read this book. Am I? Am I Not? is also available to counselors, treatment
centers, and recovery houses at a special discount so they can give the book to their clients.
Through a series of simple, foolproof, self-administered tests and a handful of reasonable
definitions, the courageous and challenging Am I? Am I Not? is designed to
unequivocally demonstrate to the questioning alcoholic that their problem with alcohol is real.
Or they may find out that they don't have a problem with their drinking. The answer becomes
apparent, one way or the other absolutely and positively. There is no hedging or quibbling.
Chace is convinced that the answer will be an unqualified yes or no. In addition to the
definitions and tests, Chace gives his readers an unthreatening introduction to Alcoholics
Anonymous; a dozen exploded myths ("12 Denials"); and an extensive directory of phone numbers
and addresses to many Twelve Step Programs in this country and throughout the world.