Andrew Sullivan, Author of the book A Year Without Substance

Andrew Sullivan, Author of the book A Year Without Substance

Hi, and thank you for visiting A Journey without Substance.

If you are reading this, then the likelihood is that either you are connected, directly or indirectly, in some way to this terrible disease, that the world knows as addiction. Whether you are the one suffering, or you are searching to find information that will help you, help a loved one, the chaos, desperation, hopelessness and pain that you are feeling is very hard to explain. I have been in recovery for some time now, and the growth, knowledge, wisdom and courage that I have gained, has come directly from the lips and writings of fellow sufferers who understand where I have been and, perhaps more importantly, who know a way out.

‘A Year without Substance’ could be the bridge that helps you connect to the other side. The first 12 months of recovery is, arguably, the hardest. It’s chaos!! And you are going to need every bit of help that you can get. So much change occurs in those early days and months, and it’s scary. I know because I have lived through them, and this book is a real-time view of that time, written through my understanding of what I was learning along the way (or not as the case often was!)

Learning to connect to that pain is an essential part of containing your addiction, suffering isn’t. If you are fully committed to silencing those demons that stalk your mind, then A Year without Substance will be a great ally to add to your team.

The book contains insight and experience to the issues that came up during my first full year. They include:

  • Removing the mask of the addict, both in active addiction & recovery
  • Dealing with expectations in recovery
  • How to move through recovery without being 100% sure about a Higher Power
  • Insight into the 12-step program, and it’s relevance to you
  • Dealing with the primal feelings – fear, anger, sadness and joy – whilst sober
  • How to avoid complacency
  • Learn ways to participate in the process, and surrender the ouctome
  • How to protect yourself from relapse by being aware of the signs
  • Why do we have relapse dreams and what are they?
  • How to identify and deal with avoidance behaviours in recovery
  • How to identify and deal with triggers in recovery
  • How to deal with the changes you will face in recovery
  • How to identify and deal with denial in recovery
  • How to come to terms with your depression in recovery
  • How to put recovery first, without compromising on what needs to be done in your life
  • Simple daily rituals of surrender and acceptance to help you through the day
  • Insight into the benefits of remaining patient on your recovery path
  • For friends and family – how to best support your loved one in recovery, without enabling them
  • When and how to ask for help, and who you should ask

And so much more…