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Book details
  • Genre:SELF-HELP
  • SubGenre:Substance Abuse & Addictions / Alcoholism
  • Language:English
  • Pages:240
  • eBook ISBN:9780615709161

To Hell & Back

How to Have Feelings & Stay Sober at the Same Time

by Jasmin Rogg

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Overview
To Hell & Back is a self-help book about alcoholism, addiction, and recovery. On the basis of her personal and professional experience and interviews with “Thirteen Alcoholics” the author offers understanding of the affliction and recovery as the way out. The subtitle summarizes the subject matter “How to Have Feelings & Stay Sober at the Same Time” which the alcoholic experiences as the core of his predicament. This is also the glitch for maintaining sobriety - emotional dys-regulation, which interferes with one’s ability to function, and can make continuous sobriety utterly unappealing. The author states that befriending reality, a positive attitude, and mood stabilization is of the essence for recovery. The book utilizes quotes from spiritual masters, as well as quotes form the DSM-IV to aid in identifying the disease and solution, but it also offers poems describing the emotional and mental condition an alcoholic experiences. This is substantiated with chapters on the addictive brain, touching on physiological peculiarities the alcoholic tries to self-medicate in ways that exacerbate the progressive nature of the disease. The heart of the book is the chapter “Tools for Your Recovery” which offers “Daily Mental Hygiene Tools” for emotion regulation – practical techniques, such as affirmations, breathing exercises etc, which can be implemented at the reader’s convenience. The chapter “Relationships” addresses aspects of co-dependence and other problematic relational approaches. The chapter “Understanding Recovery” explores problem behaviors versus a new beginning - the solution comes into focus through attention to thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The author uses an easy and humorous tone throughout, always offering hope – through mindfulness, acceptance of one’s inner truth, and self-soothing techniques for the emotional climate of the recovering addict.
Description
To Hell & Back is a self-help book about alcoholism, addiction, and recovery. On the basis of her personal and professional experience and interviews with “Thirteen Alcoholics” the author offers understanding of the affliction and recovery as the way out. The subtitle summarizes the subject matter “How to Have Feelings & Stay Sober at the Same Time” which the alcoholic experiences as the core of his predicament. This is also the glitch for maintaining sobriety - emotional dys-regulation, which interferes with one’s ability to function, and can make continuous sobriety utterly unappealing. The author states that befriending reality, a positive attitude, and mood stabilization is of the essence for recovery. The book utilizes quotes from spiritual masters, as well as quotes form the DSM-IV to aid in identifying the disease and solution, but it also offers poems describing the emotional and mental condition an alcoholic experiences. This is substantiated with chapters on the addictive brain, touching on physiological peculiarities the alcoholic tries to self-medicate in ways that exacerbate the progressive nature of the disease. The heart of the book is the chapter “Tools for Your Recovery” which offers “Daily Mental Hygiene Tools” for emotion regulation – practical techniques, such as affirmations, breathing exercises etc, which can be implemented at the reader’s convenience. The chapter “Relationships” addresses aspects of co-dependence and other problematic relational approaches. The chapter “Understanding Recovery” explores problem behaviors versus a new beginning - the solution comes into focus through attention to thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The author uses an easy and humorous tone throughout, always offering hope – through mindfulness, acceptance of one’s inner truth, and self-soothing techniques for the emotional climate of the recovering addict.
About the author
Jasmin Rogg is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. In addition to offering psychotherapy to recovering addicts and alcoholics in private practice in Beverly Hills, she is Clinical Director at Sovereign Health of California. Jasmin has been facilitating ongoing recovery groups at various chemical recovery treatment centers in Los Angeles – such as Casa de las Amigas, Della Martin Center (at Huntington Hospital), Promises, Chabad, Exodus (at Brotman’s Hospital), Pasadena Recovery Center, and also several sober living houses. Having spent many years in the field of addiction and recovery, on both a professional and personal level, she knows what it takes to leave behind destructive behavior patterns in favor of actions that promote prosperity and success, and has dedicated her life to using her extensive experience to benefit others. In her work she utilizes the “alchemy” of turning weakness into strength, passing on resources and tools for recovery from emotional pain, depression, anxiety, and addiction – for building a good life. In the seventies Jasmin moved to California from her native Germany in order to study psychology at UCLA and Loyola Marymount University. Her family background is Jewish-Romanian-Italian. She is bilingual in English and German, and also speaks some Romanian and French. After various migrations and detours she lives in Los Angeles, next door to her adult son in a big household with her extended chosen family, guests from all over the world, as well as cats and dogs (and cautiously visiting birds, squirrels, opossums, skunks, and raccoons).
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