UNLIMITED BOOK ¹ The Couch of Willingness: An Alcoholic Therapist Battles the Bottle and a Broken Recovery System - by Michael Pond Maureen Palmer #2020


  • Title: The Couch of Willingness: An Alcoholic Therapist Battles the Bottle and a Broken Recovery System
  • Author: Michael Pond Maureen Palmer
  • ISBN: 9780993714702
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Paperback

  • The Couch of Willingness: An Alcoholic Therapist Battles the Bottle and a Broken Recovery System By Michael Pond Maureen Palmer After two decades of helping clients battle addictions, Michael Pond, a successful therapist, succumbs to one himself He loses his practice, his home and his family to alcoholism, ending up destitute in a rundown recovery home populated by a cast of characters straight out of Dickens.The Couch of Willingness is a real couch in that home, a couch where Pond is forced to slAfter two decades of helping clients battle addictions, Michael Pond, a successful therapist, succumbs to one himself He loses his practice, his home and his family to alcoholism, ending up destitute in a rundown recovery home populated by a cast of characters straight out of Dickens.The Couch of Willingness is a real couch in that home, a couch where Pond is forced to sleep until he surrenders and admits he s powerless over alcohol But just when Pond gains any measure of sobriety, in sashays his other powerful addiction, Dana, a can of Red Bull in hand and a 26er of vodka in her purse.Pond s harrowing two year journey to sobriety takes stops in abandoned sheds, dumpsters, ditches, emergency wards, intensive care, and finally, prison His riveting account crackles with raw energy and black humour as he plunges readers into a world few will ever have the misfortune to experience.Along the way, Michael the drunk finds himself shamed and stigmatized by the very system in which Michael the therapist thrived The dissonance rankles for Pond and, by the end of the story, for the reader too.
    Michael Pond Maureen Palmer
    Michael Pond is a psychotherapist practicing in West Vancouver who specializes in mental health and addictions and is now four and a half years sober He offers individual, family, and group therapy and has become an expert in residential school abuse healing and addiction recovery He writes the biweekly Professional Advice column in the Vancouver Sun.

    The Couch of Willingness: An Alcoholic Therapist Battles the Bottle and a Broken Recovery System By Michael Pond Maureen Palmer

    Commentaires:

    Cea Person
    This is the best book I ve read this year and I didn t even think I would like an addiction memoir But this story is so powerful, moving and well written that it it s impossible to put down Triumph, downfall, comraderie and survival are all themes that weave together in a way that had me rooting for Michael all the way through A truly remarkable and unforgettable book.

    Magdelanye
    How does a therapist with a thriving practice and an adored family become an alcoholic Answer one drink at a time.It is never easy to admit to any addiction, and working in the field, focused on the problems of others and certain he has a handle on his drinking, it took MP rather longer to recognize that he was not immune to the trap He tells his agonizing story with hard earned humility and stark detail I really wished I could like him , but he is ruthless in exposing himself as a complete dork [...]

    Melissa Lee-Tammeus
    A student in the Addictions class I teach at a Canadian college suggested this as part of the reading list for the term and I am so glad he did This is a memoir of a psychiatric nurse and counselor in private practice for addicts who becomes an addict himself This is hard to read at times, as he not only falls many times, but the falls are hard he loses his job, his practice, his family, his life At one point a long point he is homeless and moves in and out of shelters, ransacking dumpsters for [...]

    Jordan
    A brutally honest account of the most misunderstood disease in the world Living in Vancouver, I loved the local references and followed this journey in all its ups and downs Still, there s a humour and joy peeking through the cracks.

    Erin Thomson-leach
    Yes This book is an essential read for anyone who has, or who has a loved one who has, battled addiction of any kind hint that is everyone Though I know how addiction works and that it is a disease and that it s not easy to quit I didn t really ever understand and found myself frustrated with the alcoholics I know who just couldn t seem to stop drinking After reading Mike Pond s story I think I get it Compelling, in the truest sense of the word as I felt compelled to keep reading until the end i [...]

    Vontel
    Excellent book with first person insights into alcoholism and it s arcs and ravages, written by a successful therapist who lost it all Michael Pond almost died from the later stages of alcoholism but managed to recover and a create another rare, and satisfying, life as a therapist in private practice, with or almost in spite of the help of many, including some of the alcoholics with whom he ended up in recovery houses It takes place mostly in British Columbia, and much of it in the area in which [...]

    Reena Samra
    The journey of an alcoholic takes him from the depths of hell to a brand new start at life Micheal Pond describes his battle with the bottle, and how everything from his wife, his sons and his career all were given up due to his alcoholism He describes how bad it was when he was with his family, how it led to him being separated from his family and ending up in the Lower Mainland, specifically the Downtown East side.Michael s journey leads him to the couch of willingness at a recovery house wher [...]

    Ruby
    Wow What a story What an amazing trajectory from successful, professional functional alcoholic, to destitute, homeless, psychotic lost cause And back to successful, professional, recovered alcoholic I admire his courage, writing so honestly about all the awful things he did while on benders, the damage he caused There is not an ounce of self pity, and yet he really shows how easy it is for someone to fall through the cracks And how difficult it is to get back up again Big respect, this is one of [...]

    Laura
    I ordered this book because I work in the addictions field and I enjoy reading peoples stories of addiction and recovery This book far exceeded my expectations.The story is riveting and very well written I couldn t put the book down and finished it in one day.I have nothing negative to say about it I have already passed the book along to my coworker and she is as enthralled with it as I was.A highly recommended read.

    Dave
    this is a straight forward excellent read i know the territory he sobered up in and his criticisms of current recovery houses are fair but not unkind his story seems real and should encourage anyone struggling with addiction in themselves or others hopefully his book will help hasten money being thrown at this problem.

    Brenda Farrell
    A true story that begs knowing I had no clue as to the depth of problems alcohol abuse can cause But I do now This book is well written and keeps the reader fully engaged from start to end To the point that I actually found myself urging him to stay on the wagon We all know somebody with a drinking problem Buy them a copy of the book once they ve admitted they have an addiction.

    Victor T. Switski
    Better than mostThis memoir is one of the better accounts of alcoholism and recovery I ve read The detailed descriptions of his behavior under the influence and afterwards are thought provoking The book definitely broadens my understanding of alcoholism.

    Kelley Nagle
    If you know someone that has an addiction problem this book will give you motivation to get help and move ahead in life.

    Sandra Hovey
    An honest account of a harrowing decent and recovery Intensely raw and impossible to put down.

    Jenny
    Compelling memoir, neat to read something so local and recent Great insights and such a raw story.

    Heather
    hard to put down but a quick read.

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