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Living Sober

4.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  652 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Living Sober is an extremely informative book which does not offer a plan for getting sober but does offer us sound advice about how to stay sober. Basic, essential information from Alcoholics Anonymous. As the book states, "Anyone can get sober. . .the trick is to live sober."
Paperback, 87 pages
Published February 10th 2002 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services (first published October 28th 1981)
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Feb 18, 2011 Lynndb added it
This was one of my first building blocks in my foundation of sobriety. i have since read most AA literature and my life is AMAZING today! One Day At A Time, I have not found it necessary to have a drink since 12-24-99. Something is definitely working!
Jan 26, 2012 Saira rated it liked it
to continue my trend of reading about drunks and junkies, this book was recommended to me. short, simple, and quite refreshing for everyone methinks, not just the addict. not a how-to per se, but a reminder that living well takes dedication. I'm constantly struck by how many principles and writings for addicts strike a chord across humanity -- everyone gets sad, not all drink. everyone gets angry, not all use. everyone gets bored, but some find interesting ways to fill their time.
Jul 29, 2011 Mark rated it it was amazing
This little book SAVED my LIFE!!!! What more can I say, just feel free to ask me for the DETAILS. I'll be happy to share more about my comment.
Paula Kirman
Nov 15, 2009 Paula Kirman rated it it was amazing
I have several friends with addiction issues and have wanted to know more about AA and the support it offers.
Any Length
Jul 29, 2015 Any Length rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I think there is some merit in this book which is giving alcoholics some tips on how to stay sober in everyday life. However, there is way too much reliance on these "tips" and not enough pointing toward the fact that if the newcomer is not going to work the 12 steps his/her recovery will be precarious to say the least and relapse will be inevitable. You cannot stay sober on tips like "keep hold of your glass of ginger ale at a party so you won't accidentally pick up someone else's glass of alco ...more
Heather Key
Aug 03, 2014 Heather Key rated it did not like it
For me I found this book very simple and just not worth the read. It had very general info that could be taken from just common sense. Most of the suggestions were things AA members, therapist, and mentors had already told me face to face. Nothing much to learn from here.
Nov 07, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it
Shelves: recovery
This is the first book you read in AA. Practical suggestions on how to remain sober, and an introduction to the program. It is more recent than some of the older books, and it's short.
Feb 08, 2009 Jared rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, 2009
So I don't drink. I have never been a drinker. I can count the times I have had alcohol on one finger. I read this book because it was on a bookshelf at a home I was at. One overwhelming thing I took from this book was that lots of A.A. stuff is based on "this has worked for a lot of people" Nothing super scientific about that. Does why even really matter? I know I get hung up on why's a lot instead of just doing what ought be done...not with drinking but with many an other thing. So maybe that' ...more
Jun 26, 2014 Holly rated it really liked it
Great addition to any recovery program. Sobriety is more than...not drinking.
Patricia Atkinson
Aug 26, 2014 Patricia Atkinson rated it it was amazing
this book is good for people who want to or are quitting drinking.
Yvonne Hall
Dec 17, 2015 Yvonne Hall marked it as to-read
it a great book
Nov 29, 2007 Eddie rated it it was amazing
I learned a bunch of great tips on how to stay sober.

One thing I enjoy about this book is that it gives additional methods than just the steps and going to meetings to stay sober.

Also I enjoy that it is written in much a much plainer style than the big book.

Please note that it was written a bit after the big book and the twelve and twelve as a "here is our experience, now learn from it" kinda thing.
Jan 25, 2013 Foxtower rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychobabble
Gee, if only drinking was my problem! It's makes me envious of those people who can make a significant improvement in their life by rising to the challeneg and geting past a terible addiction. I know that this book, as just a small part of the A.A. movement, really means a lot to many people and the guidance it provides applies to all of us. A lot of wisdom in an easy to read format.
Nov 13, 2008 Jim rated it really liked it
A simplistic, possibly too much so, quick & easy read on living sober. It gives a lot of good advice, is broken up logically & often. Probably a good book for many to start with & it really isn't limited to alcoholics. I think anyone who has an addiction or even issues in their life could get a lot out of it.
Shannon S
i have been sober 18 months longest for 25 years. i am now a sponsor as of yesterday. i used this book through the last 18 months and am grateful for what is says about being a sponsor,
Mar 07, 2014 Randy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recovery, 5star
A quick, easy and simple book. This is a helpful book for those in recovery, particularly in early recovery.
Jun 12, 2012 Shannon rated it really liked it
Shelves: recovery
Great tips for those new to recovery. Recommended reading for anyone in a treatment facility.
Oct 20, 2012 Gregj rated it really liked it
Lots of good solid advice for recovery. A must read for everyone starting down this road.
May 13, 2014 Joe rated it liked it
practical and tried and true methods for the toughest thing about recovery--staying stopped.
Dec 21, 2013 Carrie rated it liked it
The title of this book should have been "living with common sense"
Sep 29, 2011 Christian rated it liked it
this book this motivate you to get started in your recover... and read THE BIG BOOK
Dec 31, 2011 Megan rated it liked it
Good if you're new.

Not too useful when you have some time!
Ted Guglielmo
Aug 05, 2012 Ted Guglielmo rated it it was amazing
A book for me that I can turn to for the answer when my mind races.
Dec 01, 2012 Phyllis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

Helped me live in my early sobriety.
Lerd Lorensen
Jul 31, 2010 Lerd Lorensen rated it really liked it
a sobriety cookbook if you will yess yesss.
Feb 18, 2009 Stephen rated it it was amazing
essential reading for me...loved it...
Dr. Barrett  Dylan Brown, Phd
Apr 10, 2012 Dr. Barrett Dylan Brown, Phd rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-reread, reference
*sniff* I'm not alone.
Apr 03, 2008 Likethesky7 rated it it was amazing
how to live sober and happy
Aug 24, 2009 Patti rated it really liked it
A wonderful book.
Colin marked it as to-read
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