Mastering Recovery: Find New Freedom and New Happiness Through Long-term Sobriety by Barry A. Lehman
Are you afraid you are not doing recovery right, even with more than two years of sobriety?
Has complacency set in and you have no idea what’s next on your sober journey?
Is there no joy and excitement possible in recovery?
In reality, recovery has only just begun.
In this book, Barry Lehman explores a part of recovery that has not often been discussed- how to keep the movement of sobriety alive and vital for the long-term. An experienced alcohol and drug abuse counselor for nearly thirty years, he outlines a path that builds on the major treatment models. With insight, questions, and suggestions, he develops an understanding of what can make the difference in building recovery beyond the first two years.
The result will be a new freedom and a new happiness that can grow through the deliberate practice of long-term sobriety well beyond two years. Embracing the challenges AND joys of life in recovery, you can find balance and hope that leads to new skills for change and progress.
There are ways that can help strengthen your daily living as a person in long-term recovery. When recovery becomes both a mindset and a lifestyle, it is not a chore. It is who we are.
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Barry Lehman is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor with nearly thirty years’ experience. He has worked as a school-based chemical health worker with students in middle and high school and in outpatient settings in Wisconsin and Minnesota. He was involved in developing the extended aftercare program and the outlining of the educational curriculum used in a residential program.
As an author and speaker, he has been a regular presenter at the annual conference of the Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health and has served on the organization’s ethics committee for many years. He has also led continuing education sessions at a number of Minnesota treatment centers. His own journey of recovery began in October 1988. His latest book, Mastering Recovery, is based on his years of experience both as a counselor and a person in recovery.
He has a Doctor of Ministry degree in counseling from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, a Master of Divinity from Moravian Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts from Lehigh University. He is a retired pastor, having served Moravian congregations in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.