DYING FOR A DRINK
“Dying for a Drink” by Dr. Anderson Spickard is the best book on alcoholism from a Christian and medical perspective. An accompanying CD is also a great resource where Steve Wood interviews Dr. Spickard on key topics that he covers in his book including:
- Why do people become alcoholics?
- Is addiction a disease or a sin?
- How do you tell if someone is simply drinking too much or is genuinely addicted?
- What can family members and friends do to help stop the downward spiral of an alcoholic?
- What positive role can the church play?
- Is it ever necessary to seek professional intervention?
- Does Alcoholics Anonymous really help?
This letter to children and grandchildren of alcoholics by Dr. Anderson Spickard, founding medical director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Treatment of Addiction, is worth its weight in gold. Read it carefully and heed it. Note: Letter is used with permission of Dr. Spickard
Contact a local chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous and regularly attend meetings. Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
SLAKE A THIRST
A good Catholic book on alcoholism is To Slake a Thirst: The Matt Talbot Way to Sobriety, by Philip Maynard. This book is about Matt Talbot, the Irishman who is a hero to many reformed Catholic alcoholics and is now a candidate for sainthood. Click here to read a good book review and summary.
Alcoholism is often the cause of underlying problems that may be contributing to the alcoholism. Seeking a good counselor or psychologist could greatly help anyone struggling with alcoholism, as well as friends or family members of alcoholics. Click here for advice on choosing a good counselor.