Devastating Effects of Alcoholism Revealed in New Self-Help Book

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Author Ruth Schilling shares a personal account of her life living with a loved one suffering from alcoholism and her journey to recovery in “Dare To Recover”.

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Alcoholism is rightly called a family disease. First-time author Ruth Schilling has painstakingly recorded the personal and family dynamics of living with and loving someone who has the disease of alcoholism, as well as the very challenging, unique, and simple but not easy method of recovery that is available to anyone seeking help. Now, she publishes a comprehensive account of her personal experiences as she recovered from its devastating effects in Dare to Recover.

“A dear friend of mine was so impressed with my knowledge and understanding of the disease of alcoholism and the process of recovery that she told me to write it in a book,” shares Schilling. “I want readers to take away from this book the knowledge that there is help and hope for a life beyond their wildest dreams whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not.”

Schilling’s autobiographical self-help book is a comprehensive description of how the cunning, baffling, and powerful disease of alcoholism of one person affects those non-alcoholics around him or her like no other disease. More importantly, it takes readers through the very simple yet extremely difficult process of recovery with an amazing sense of humor and common sense.

In today’s society the basic problems caused by alcoholism and the resulting solutions are common to anyone dealing with this deadly disease whether currently or in the past. Dare to Recover is different from other books on recovery because it is written using plain everyday experiences of a very common, ordinary person who has been there, done that.

Deeply personal yet truly universal, Dare to Recover recounts Schilling’s heroic journey through recovery that allowed her to remake her world and have a happy and joyous life, free to be the magnificent person she was born to be. Readers will not only recognize similar traits in themselves throughout the book, nor simply discover how to deal with alcoholism, but will also be empowered to make the experience positively life-changing.

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About the Author

Ruth Schilling received her B.A. degree in Elementary Education at the University of Northern Colorado, then known as Colorado State College, in 1968. She had two of her four children while attending college and had her other two children while teaching. Shortly after she divorced her husband, she married a man who became an alcoholic. They moved to Casper, Wyo. where she taught for 21 years, retiring in 1999. Three years into this marriage, it became clear that she needed help. She attended a few Al-Anon meetings but did not continue until five years later. Eventually, she divorced the alcoholic, lived on her own for three years and is now married to an alcoholic who has been sober for 22 years. Schilling has actively attended Al-Anon since 1986 and has sponsored many members during that time. She is currently sponsoring six people who are happily and gratefully growing in recovery from the affects of another person’s alcoholism.

Dare To Recover * by Ruth Schilling
Could be ''A Hero's Journey''
Publication Date: March 26, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 176 pages; 978-1-4836-1112-9
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 176 pages; 978-1-4836-1113-6
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4836-1114-3

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