Going to the AA International Convention? Come meet Dr. Al Mooney (and get a free book!)

Al J. Mooney, MD, will be speaking and signing copies of The Recovery Book at Sobriety Celebrations and TravelSober.com events and other locations at the 2015 International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous in Atlanta, July 2-5. Come say hello and get your book signed! We’ll be giving away a limited number of books and recovery bands as well. (Giving away, as in FREE!)

Thursday, July 2:

— 9-10:30 am: Dr. Al will be talking about the Recovery Zone System. Balzer Theater. 84 Luckie Street Northwest, Atlanta. 

— 10:30 am: Book giveaway and signing in the lobby of the Balzer Theater, 84 Luckie Street Northwest, Atlanta

— 11 am: Dr. Al will be participating in the Doctors Forum. Balzer Theater. 84 Luckie Street Northwest, Atlanta

— 2-3 pm: Book giveaway and signing at the Hampton Inn, 161 Spring St. NW., at the TravelSober.com hospitality rooms. Look for signs in the lobby. Come get a book and learn all about traveling with sober friends! (The TravelSober.com hospitality room is open from 11 am – 5:30 pm.)


Friday, July 3:

— 1-2 pm: Book giveaway and signing at the Hampton Inn, 161 Spring St. NW., at the TravelSober.com hospitality rooms. Look for signs in the lobby. Come get a book and learn all about traveling with sober friends! (The TravelSober.com hospitality room is open from 1 pm – 5:30 pm.)


Sunday, July 5:

— 9 am: Global Forum: Dr. Mooney and Friends. Rialto Center for the Arts. 80 Forsythe St. Northwest, Atlanta.


More information on Dr. Al’s Sobriety Celebrations events.

More events posted asap!

Please also follow us on Twitter and Facebook to hear about last minute events! We are hoping to have some informal “Ask Dr. Al tweetups”  as well as more book giveaways and signings.

We’re tweeting using the event hashtag #AA80. We’re also compiling a list of Tweeting attendees, at twitter.com/TheRecoveryBook/lists/aa80-attendees-friends.  We’d love to add you to the list, so message us on Twitter, leave a comment on Facebook, or email us at TheRecoveryBook@gmail.com. Then follow the list for updates!


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“Since My Divorce” Interviews Dr. Al

Divorce coach Mandy Walker, who blogs at Since My Divorce, interviewed Dr. Al Mooney recently about how addiction, alcoholism and recovery can play havoc with a marriage and other relationships.  The Recovery Book

Check out her series of posts on addiction and divorce:

When Does Drinking Become a Problem in a Marriage?

Does Your Spouse’s Drinking Problem Mean Divorce?

How Do You Protect Your Kids From an Alcoholic Spouse?

How To Survive With Your Alcoholic Spouse in Recovery


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Recovery Zone System Wristbands

If you were at the Willingway Homecoming this weekend, you might have picked up a set of Recovery Zone System wristbands.

The Recovery Zone System, featured in The Recovery Book, guides you through your recovery journey, and helps you to know what issues you should focus on at any one time. The wristbands serve as a handy reminder of where you are. Here’s a post on how to use them.  (We’ll have them available for sale soon.)

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Outstanding Book Award for The Recovery Book!

We are thrilled to announce that The Recovery Book just won an Outstanding Book Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors!

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The Recovery Book   Co-authors of The Recovery Book, Catherine Dold, Al J. Mooney, MD, and Howard Eisenberg, at Workman Publishing in NYC.
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#RecoveryTalk Twitter Chat on Relapse Prevention – The Best Tweets

Did you miss the #RecoveryTalk Twitter chat with Dr. Al Mooney? Twitter_logo_blue

Never fear, we have a Storify roundup of the best tweets. Learn all about relapse and relapse prevention:  #RecoveryTalk Chat with Al J. Mooney, MD


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How to Talk With Your Doctor About A Medical or Dental Procedure When You’re in Recovery

If you have a medical or dental procedure planned, you’ll need to be extra vigilant about your recovery. Taking any mood-altering medications before, during or after your procedure can put you at high risk for a relapse.stethoscope-heart

In The Recovery Book, we suggest you return to the Red Zone and ramp up your recovery program at such times. (Read more about the Recovery Zone System in our Quick Start Guide post.)

You should also talk with your doctor or dentist about medications before the day of your procedure. The “Dear Doctor” letter below can help you to broach the topic. Print it out and take it with you to an appointment; use the information to start a conversation. Be honest with your health care provider, and enlist their help in your efforts to avoid relapse.

The Dear Doctor letter below was originally written by staff at Willingway Hospital; it was recently updated by Al J. Mooney, MD. 


Dear Doctor,

I understand that you have scheduled my medical procedure as quickly as possible. Although I have faith in you and your skills, I am not looking forward to this experience. However, I know you have my best interest in mind.

We have talked about my experiences as a recovering alcoholic/addict and how I have a special sensitivity to any mood-altering substances, including medications that could be given before, during or after the procedure. I have learned during my recovery that about 10% of the general population have an addiction to alcohol or drugs and that this addiction takes the form of a kind of allergic response to chemicals which change brain activity and reward systems.

My brain’s response to these chemicals can be immediate, such as cravings for similar drugs; or it can be more gradual, where my thinking and perception become altered in such a way that my motivation for sobriety decreases and I return to old patterns of behavior closely linked to my substance abuse. Continue Reading →

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