Hello, Recovery Friends and Visitors!
“I wanted to share some exciting news with everyone. I have been invited to be a regular article writer for a great Free Recovery publication called, Keys To Recovery Newspaper! Why?”
They have a new featured column that just started this August 2016 titled; Quit to Win about Gambling Addiction. So needless to say I jumped on this opportunity to share my experiences, strength, and HOPE with others on this new platform. It is refreshing to see that more sites are becoming increasingly aware of and about problem gambling and addicted gambling as another REAL addiction. My feelings are we just beginning to see the tide turn when it comes to this addiction.
I hear more and more of people sharing that even though their addiction maybe drugs or alcohol, they also started having gambling problems as way to try and make quick money by gambling to then go buy drugs or alcohol ….. My first article is now printed in the newspaper and hope you will go give it a read. YES, really it is free! So when you visit the site you can either download or open the most current issue FREE! They have so many awesome articles and information in each issue.
AND? They also read and review addiction and recovery books. Now many of you know my “day job” is Book Promotions. So I was thrilled to see that THREE of my authors I promote for books were chosen to be read and here are the Book Reviews! I want to Thank, Beth Dewey for choosing some of my fine authors and friends in recovery. Here we go!
RECLAIMING YOUR ADDICTED BRAIN – A Recovery GPS: How to find your path to Recovery and not get lost along the way.
Written by Irwin Morse and Roger Stark, Published
by Silver Star Publishing.
This is a book that clearly and concisely helps anyone, who is having difficulty following through consistently with their advancement in recovery from addiction. The information within this book enlightens each of us to see the manipulative power that our brains have to further the destructive personal conduct, which keeps us enslaved to our compulsive behaviors. Our minds try to refute the innate uniqueness which is in essence, us.
This inspiring book teaches the readers that they can ultimately put their minds under subjection by forming pristine neural pathways, from implementing a set of skills that help ensure that it will be accomplished. These skills are; Awareness, Accountability, and Acceptance, these three in combination when truly utilized, are a force to be reckoned with. The authors explains how we can acquire the capability to not take things personally, we need to learn how to see life with a mental position “it is what it is”, and to be totally alright with that.
This is a must read for those who what to regain control over the negative impulses that governs our behaviors and attitudes.
Available at Amazon Online . . . . .
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Monkey Traps, Why Everyone Tries To Control Everything and How We Can Stop:
Written by Steve Hauptman. Published by Lioncrest Publishing.
I loved this book before I even opened it. The Title said it all, and it tells me that Steve has not just written about the “problem” he is offering a “solution”.
Written on that back cover ~ “This book is about a problem disguised as a solution, an idea that shapes and drives us all: Control.” Again the problem is clearly identified.
The books begin’s explaining “The Monkey Trap,” then each chapter clearly explains the different types of control we think we have. Then he gives us solutions, plans, and steps to overcome the traps we live in. I like that towards the end of the book the chapters are titled, Acceptance, Trust, Faith, Practicing Surrender and so. Words I relate to. Each chapter is simple and easy to read and understand, and yet so deep it could change your life from the first moment you open the book and open your heart to a solution.
Easy to follow and easy to practice instructions. I give a heartfelt “5 Stars” for this book and I will be passing it on. Steve Hauptman is a Gestalt-trained, Buddhist-flavored therapist who has practiced on Long Island for twenty years. A leader of Interactive Therapy groups, he is also a cartoonist and creator of the blogs Monkeytraps: A blog about control, Monkey House (a forum for discussing control issues).
Also Available at Amazon Online . . . ..
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In the Sunlight of the Spirit: Spirituality Training Manual.
Written by Rev., Dr. Kevin T. Coughlin Ph.D. Published by
KTC Publishing Phase IIC Coaching, LLC.
Rev., Dr. Kevin sent me a few different books for review, but what’s going on in my world right now I thought this would be the PERFECT book for me and after I finished it my intuition was right. The way Rev., Dr. Kevin approaches the topic of spirituality is quite simple and easy to read. As addicts we tend to complicate matters even with long term sobriety you still struggle with faith, but after reading this book and doing the work I walk away with a deeper connection to my higher power.
I love how he states “People who are spiritually fit tend to have better coping skills, stronger self-esteem, and more solid relationships.” That has totally been my experience in my journey of recovery. I totally recommend this workbook for anyone who wants to strengthen their relationship with their higher power and have a better understanding of the application of spirituality in their lives. A MUST READ! Thank you, Rev., Dr. Kevin for keeping it simple. Available at Amazon Online . . . .
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Now if you enjoy poetry? Let me show you the “softer side” of Author, Rev., Dr. Kevin T. Coughlin, a Best-Selling Poet as has just released two new Poetry Ebooks.
Both are now available on Amazon Kindle so just click the books! Here is a little of what’s inside!
Poetry Collection – Book One:
We Can a Collection of Poetry; A Journey Through Addiction and Recovery is the author’s fifth book. This work is the author’s second collection of poetry; his first was Tumbleweeds published by Feather Books in the United Kingdom in 2002. The author’s poetry reflects the struggles of life in addiction, recovery, and his experiences and in the lives of others that he witnessed over the last four decades. His hopes are that his poetry books and other addiction recovery books and manuals will help individuals and family members to get a deeper understanding of the disease of addiction, the solution to the problem, and the program of action that promotes change in the addicts.
Reverend Dr. Coughlin hopes to provide clarity, understanding, education, prevention, and awareness about addiction and recovery. This is the Author’s First book of poetry reflecting the struggles of addiction and the miracle of change in recovery. Rev. Dr. Coughlin has published hundreds of his poems in different publications in the United States and other countries, his poetry has been read on the radio in the United Kingdom, and he has received several poetry awards.
Poetry Collection – Book Two:
We Can 2; A Collection of Poetry, A Journey Through Addiction and Recovery by Best-Selling Author, Rev. Dr. Kevin T. Coughlin Ph.D. is the second book in the We Can Poetry Series. Book One went to number seven on Amazon.com’s Top 100 Best-Seller list on the first day of release! This is the author’s sixth published book and third book of poetry. This new release reflects all different feelings, emotions, and life situations on the journey through addiction and recovery. There are some very emotional and deep poems about life, death, prison, Sept. 11th, war, love, friendship, addiction, and so much more.
About The Author & Poet:
Reverend Coughlin is a Founder and the Director of New Beginning Ministry, a grassroots evidence-based, twelve-step residential addiction recovery program for adults. Rev. Coughlin has helped thousands of people to change their lives over the past nineteen plus years. He is a two-time World Champion and nine-time National Champion and State and National Record holder power lifter, he has championed many in his career. Most call him RevKev, they enjoy his lectures on addiction, recovery, and life. RevKev has been very successful with pastoral counseling and recovery coaching with both those addicted and their families.
Reverend Coughlin has trained many recovery professionals that have interned at the ministry. RevKev is considered an expert on addiction and recovery. Many have utilized him as a consultant. Rev.. Coughlin is a member in good standing of the A.A.C.C., The American Association of Christian Counselors, The Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling, and The National Council on Problem Gambling, NAADAC, USAPL, and IAM Minister’s Fellowship, and The Christian Coach’s Network. RevKev is also an internationally published poet and writer, mostly on Addiction and Christian subjects. To date, he has had over five hundred poems published. RevKev is also the founder, CEO and President of Phase II Christian Coaching, LLC, the company operates structured assisted living homes for clients in recovery. RevKev is also a Nationally Certified Recovery Coach and Anger Management Specialist, a Nationally Certified Family Recovery Coach, a Nationally Certified Christian Recovery Coach and Family Recovery Coach, and a Nationally Certified Gambling Addiction Coach, Nationally Certified Case Manager, Life Coach, an International Master Addictions Coach, Sexual Addiction Coach, Life Recovery Coach and Trainer.
Rev. Coughlin is also a Nationally Certified and PA credentialed Interventionist. RevKev also works with The Addictions Academy in Miami, Florida designing recovery coaching courses and manuals and is an instructor for the Academy. RevKev volunteers his services with several organizations. RevKev continues to further his education with The Light University, NAADAC and the Christian Coach’s Network taking several courses and webinars, he is also in the process of becoming a Board certified Christian Family Counselor. The Reverend has a Doctorate in Christian Counseling and a Doctorate in Divinity (Honorary) and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology. He also has a BS and an MS in Christian Counseling. He is Board Certified with DIT Seminary in Christian Counseling with specializations in Grief, Substance Abuse, Alcohol Abuse, Family, and Developmental. He is a licensed Domestic Violence Christian Advocate, a licensed clinical Christian counselor, an AACT-DCU Associate Professor. He is a best-selling author, you can find his books on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.
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An Amazon Review Book One: Be Ready To Be Inspired!, August 14, 2016
Author, Poet, Reverend, and Recovery Coach Kevin T Coughlin has put together a unique set of addiction/recovery poems for those who live life in recovery. Through his words, shared recovery experiences, and experiences shared with coaching many in recovery, he has poems in this book of genuine inspiration and in-depth creative emotions of what it is like to be an addict, and what it is like to have freedom in recovery.
Each one of his poems describes the pain and suffering one goes through and feels, the raw pain felt in his written words. But you find much HOPE within these his words to let recovery readers know you CAN make it out the other side. Kevin shares that no matter how far down we are, we can grab hold of that last shimmer, that last sliver of LIGHT, and pull ourselves out of the darkness into a new way of living in recovery.
That is just some of what you will read in these beautiful poems. What were my favorites? Many to choose from, but, “The Lost Children Die Alone” and “The Beach” are a few. All the poems in this collection are exceptional and shows many of us, including Author, Kevin Coughlin are creative, talented, and Can Recover! A Highly Suggested Read!
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Yes, RevKev has quite the Bio Right? I can tell you that he has helped many from addicts from many addictions. I can also tell you that I was “blessed” the day he walked into my life! I don’t have many “close” guy friends, but Kevin is always there and the first to be willing to help anyone. He has a big heart and a faith that can not be shaken.
And his poems are heartfelt and shares the good and the bad about our journey in recovery through “The Gift & Magic of Words.” So go give a read to his Poem Book One and be inspired in recovery!
Author & Columnist, Catherine Townsend-Lyon