When Alcoholism Is Not The Problem &Recovery Is Not The Solution
“Alcoholism has become a powerful belief system. When you take on the identity of an alcoholic, not only do you have to address your physical habit to drink, but you’ve also got to navigate who you’re supposed to be, how you should think, and what your behavior will be.
Our culture makes a one-size-fits-all assumption in which, if you mention a struggle with alcohol, no matter how much of a struggle it is, you’re labeled alcoholic and start moving along the recovery conveyor belt. Teresa Rodden is out to change that!
The Primed Drinker explores the often overlooked middle ground between social and alcoholic drinking. Through Rodden’s personal experience, case studies, and exploration of science that disrupts the common understanding of alcoholism (addiction), she raises powerful questions about how to change your relationship with alcohol and offers promising solutions.”
***Praise for The Primed Drinker***
“Rodden’s message is revolutionary: the time has come for women to start rethinking their drinking so they can start loving their lives. Exploring the continuum of choices from abstinence to mindful moderation to misuse, she gives readers a step-by-step approach to carve a new path in life, free of struggles with alcohol.”
Laura Crawshaw, Ph.D., BCC,
Founder of The Executive Insight Development Group, Inc.
& The Boss Whispering Institute
Exciting Alternative Approach to Addiction Recovery
“The Primed Drinker drives home how sobriety is much more than simply not drinking or participating in addictive behavior. Through Teresa’s artfully shared examples of her own journey to contentment through “not wanting to miss another second of life,” she speaks to the true essence of sobriety. She has identified what often drives problem drinking in women: when we feel powerless and trapped in our obligations and multiple roles. Teresa provides an exciting alternative approach to addiction recovery, through fully and mindfully embracing our core life force from Spirit and our power to choose. By focusing on creating our passion-filled lives, we no longer have the need to numb out.”
Mimi Cogswell, LPC, PC
Mental Health Therapist
The Primed Drinker Offers The Reader A Map
Blind spots are called blind spots for a reason. If we only observe our life from our personal experience and perspective – we can miss a great deal. This is especially true when it comes to women and alcohol. Teresa opens the door and offers women a gentle invitation, full of grace and understanding, to explore their relationship with alcohol. Diving into the challenges and questions that women have when they are in-between social drinking and being entirely controlled by alcohol, Teresa dives deep into proven processes that are empowering. There isn’t a cookie cutter, one size fits all for looking at your life and habits with a clear head while determining if your life is running you or if you are running it. The Primed Drinker offers the reader a map and lets the reader control the navigation. Vive la Sober Revolution!
Author & Recovery Advocate
A Refreshing Look at Alternatives to 12 Step and Rehab
The Primed Drinker is a refreshing look at what it means to drink to excess. Shattering the long-held tradition that AA is the only solution to problem drinking, aka alcoholism, author Teresa Rodden, takes a bold stand against what some believe to be the only solution for someone to stop drinking. From a look inside her own drinking, to stories of family members, friends, clients and casual acquaintances, Teresa’s writing style is as engaging as it is informative. Giving readers an alternative to 12 step and rehab programs, Teresa is a pioneer in an area that is long overdue for choices other than what most have been led to believe. As someone who has been sober for over 35 years, I can highly recommend The Primed Drinker for anyone questioning your choices around alcohol and how to live a sober, fulfilled life.
A couple decades ago I was diagnosed with clinical depression and walked the path toward recovery like so many people … take pills, attend therapy, pretend everything is fine. For a decade, I lived in a fog of prescriptions that kept me in my depression mindset.
One day a psychologist said to me, “You are NOT your diagnosis!” And it changed everything.
Teresa’s perspective is the same, “Just because you drink doesn’t make you an alcoholic.” And, her perspective that the typical sober pathway, is almost as numbing as the alcohol itself; take away all of that and we have a fresh new perspective on alcohol and how we can “reframe” our thinking about it.
The Primed Drinker offers a new, fresh, and uplifting pathway to healing, to recovery, to living Wholly Sober.
Aaron C. Yeagle
Digital Marketing Consultant
A Significant Contribution
The Primed Drinker has absolutely nailed the complex neuroscience and contemporary research in a most compelling and accessible way. Anyone who reads this book cannot fail to leave it without an engaged mind and re think of their own vocabulary around alcohol. What a significant contribution.