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Emotional recovery after alcoholism or addiction: Mind Over Mood (BOOK REVIEW)

Q: Looking to feel happier, calmer, and more confident?

A: Change the way you feel by changing the way you think!

Here, we review how you can experience profound internal change through the practices of just one book! If you’re looking for emotional growth and recovery after addiction, this is the book for you. More here on what you’ll learn and how to get Mind Over Mood, with a section at the end for your questions or comments.

What is the idea behind Mind over Mood?

The idea in this book comes from the practice of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), one of today’s most effective forms of psychotherapy. “Cognitive” refers to what and how we think. A central idea in CBT is that our thoughts about an event or experience powerfully affects our emotional, behavioral, and physical responses to it.

Authors Dennis Greenberger and Christine Padesky have written this book specifically to teach readers new skills about transformation. Imagine that the irritants and problems in your life can become strengths. When you can evaluate your thoughts and manage your moods…how much better can you live a life of addiction recovery!

What can you apply to your addiction recovery from this manual?

Mind over Mood teaches you strategies, methods, and skills that have been shown to be helpful with mood problems common to recovering alcoholics and addicts such as:

  • anger
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • guilt
  • jealousy
  • panic
  • shame

It’s like the 12 steps … on steroids! In fact, we feel that the skills taught in this book can also help you address relationship problems, handle stress better, improve self-esteem, become less fearful, and grow more confident. These strategies also can help you if you are struggling with alcohol or drug use.

Why?

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Because the manual is FULL of exercises and practices.

Mind over Mood teaches you:

a) to identify and understand the connections among your thoughts, moods, behaviors, and physical reactions in everyday situations (such as reading a compelling online article), as well as during major events in your life.

b) to think about yourself and situations in more helpful ways; to change the thinking patterns and behaviors that keep you stuck in negative patterns.

c) how to make changes in your life when your thoughts alert you to problems that need to be solved.

In the end, these changes are exactly what addiction recovery is all about. In addition, the skills you learn using Mind Over Mood can help you create and enjoy more positive relationships.

Why do we recommend this book?

First of all, if you pick up this book and randomly open it to a page…BINGO! You’ll fall onto an insightful, practical tool. This book is MADE TO BE USED!

Mind over Mood doesn’t teach us to see positive thinking as a solution, but to consider the many different angles of a problem. Looking at a situation from all sides and considering a wide range of information – positive, negative, and neutral – can lead us to more helpful ways of understanding what is in front of us. And, this type of re-programming can help us identify new, unique solutions to difficulties we face.

In our estimation, Mind over Mood, in this easy to understand format, can help us transform the way we think, while making lasting changes in our lives. It’s an absolute essential to those looking to transform themselves in addiction recovery…especially those who are in long term recovery from addiction and need an extra “push” in self-development.

Wondering where you can find “Mind Over Mood, Second Edition: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think”? To buy, download and read the book, check this link http://www.amazon.com/Mind-Over-Mood-Second-Edition/dp/1462520421. Additionally, if you are left with any questions about this book, we ask you to post them in the section below. We also welcome your feedback if you’ve read the book, and would like to comment and share your opinion.


About the Authors: Dennis Greenberger, PhD, a clinical psychologist, is the founder and Director of the Anxiety and Depression Center in Newport Beach, California. He is a past president and Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and has practised cognitive-behavioral therapy for more than 30 years. His website is www.anxietyanddepressioncenter.com.
Christine A. Padesky, PhD, a clinical psychologist, is the cofounder of the Center for Cognitive Therapy in Huntington Beach, California, the coauthor of five books, and an internationally renowned speaker. She is a recipient of the Aaron T. Beck Award for significant and enduring contributions to the field of cognitive therapy from the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology Award from the California Psychological Association. Her website is www.mindovermood.com.

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