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Michael Pond and Mareen Palmer Co-Authors of 

The Couch of Willingness: An Alcoholic Therapist Battles the Bottle and a Broken Recovery System.

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In his breakout memoir, psychotherapist Michael Pond recounts a riveting battle with alcoholism. He loses his practice, his home, and his family and ends up destitute in a down-and-out recovery home populated by a cast of characters straight out of Dickens. The Couch of Willingness is a real couch in that recovery home, where Pond is forced to sleep until he admits he is powerless over alcohol. And so begins a harrowing two-year journey to sobriety with stops in abandoned sheds, dumpsters, ditches, emergency wards, intensive care and prison. ​ 

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Dr. Glassman's vision is attaining optimal health beyond diagnosis and medical treatment, so people can have more control over their lives than they ever thought possible with mind, body and spirit working as one unit. 
An Addict Within: You Can Break My heart But You 
​Can't Break My Life!


​This is not another story about an addict. It is the "Other Side of the Story"; that of the family. The mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers of the addict and the damage caused, the chaos caused, and the broken relationships that happen within the family, because of the love and simultaneous hate for the addict.
Bill Piper, Director of National Affairs, Drug Policy Alliance. Drugs & drug war politics. Less people behind bars. 

Sophia Andrade,

Founder of Reclaim our Dignity

Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, NCAC II, CCDC II, SAP, is the Executive Director of NAADAC, the Association of Addiction Professionals.   She has recently served as the Executive Director of Danya Institute and the Central East Addiction Technology Transfer Center. Prior to this she was the Program Director for Volunteers of America Western Washington, serving homeless populations and dealing with the co-occurrence of poverty and substance abuse issues. In addition, she has been the administrator of multi-county, publicly funded alcohol/drug prevention/ intervention/ treatment centers with services ranging from prenatal care to the serving the elderly for over 20 years.

Cynthia Moreno Tuohy

Sophia Andrade was arrested for domestic violence.  It didn't matter that she was innocent. She went to jail and the infamous mugshot was picked up by those extortionists websites. She says, "Don't Pay!"  She took on the mugshot.com industry and was one of those responsible for the State Senate overwhelmingly passed HB150 by a vote of 53 to 0. Sponsored by Rep. Roger Bruce (D-Atlanta), the bill would force those mug shot websites to take down photos of those who've been cleared without charging them for it. 

"Extortion" is what Bruce calls the common practice of mug shot websites to charge people hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, to remove the embarrassing photos.

Don't Pay Those Extortionists

Mug Shot Websites!

In an easily understood, beautifully illustrated style, "Mommy's Disease" helps families navigate the difficult waters of alcoholism. Mila doesn't know why her mom doesn't show up for dinners, or soccer games or why she acts funny sometimes. Mila thinks it's because her mom doesn't want to be with her, that she hasn't been the best girl she can be, that she should try harder. But, Daddy tells Mila that Mommy has a disease called "alcoholism." She helps Mila, and her faithful dog Annie, understand what this disease is and how it affects Mommy, and the whole family. He teaches Mila that she is not responsible for Mommy's behavior and that gives Mila the peace she needs to foster a healthy childhood.


"Daddy's Disease". A wonderful book for children who have a parent who has alcoholism. With gentle insight and poignant stories, she introduces us to 7-year-old Tommy whose father is an active alcoholic. Like most children of alcoholics, he is confused, angry and feels it's his fault. This is where Carolyn takes over the voice of Tommy's mother and holds his hand and heart while she guides them through these difficult waters. This is a children's book that everyone living with alcohol should read. 

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or e book!

The author has graciously offered to give away a limited number of autographed books and ebook versions.  If interested, send an email to theaddictionshow@gmail.com Put Mommy's Disease or Daddy's Disease in the subject line.

Carolyn Hannan Bell, M.S., L.P.C.

While the earthquake may have

rattled us in Northern California, our recovery is solid!

NAADAC Executive Director

Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, NCAC II, CCDC III, SAP

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