Bob Reese, PhD talks about ‘The 13th Step’ to Alcoholism Recovery

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Book challenges recovering alcoholics, addicts to thrive in life

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Bob Reese, PhD wanted to share his personal story to better understand how recovering alcoholics and addicts not only maintain recovery but go on to thrive in life. It prompted him to write “The 13th Step: Thriving in Recovery” (published by AuthorHouse). The term “13th Step” is inspired by his continued psychospiritual development after joining the 12-Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

The book tells Reese’s story in three parts: The Drinking Years; The Beginnings of a Sober Life; and Thriving in Recovery. It is in large part autobiographical, and includes stories from his 25 years in the NFL. The life experiences that he shares are for the purpose of showing the insidious nature of alcoholism; the challenges faced by those seeking sobriety; the changes and difficulties needed to stay in recovery; and the eventual ability to thrive in recovery.

In the epilogue, Reese describes some of his research with the Addiction Recovery Research Center (ARRC) and International Quit & Recovery Registry (IQRR), which is dedicated to learning from success in addiction recovery. It is his hope that information and understanding obtained from this registry can help more of the “sick and suffering” to recover so that they not only maintain recovery, but they also learn to thrive.

“I want readers who are in recovery to understand that they can do more than survive - they can thrive,” Reese says. “I want those readers who are not in recovery to better understand the courage it takes to maintain recovery and that they can also use some of the same techniques to improve their lives.”

“The 13th Step: Thriving in Recovery”
By Bob Reese, PhD
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 446 pages | ISBN 9781524697693
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 446 pages | ISBN 9781524697716
E-Book | 446 pages | ISBN 9781524697709
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Bob Reese, PhD, is a professor of psychology who spent 25 years as an athletic trainer in the NFL. He has been in recovery for alcoholism since 1991. He prides himself on his teaching ability and his innate curiosity feeds his research interests, which are framed in both positive and performance psychology and are focused primarily in Magis thinking for enhanced performance and well-being. He is currently engaged in research projects on the recovery processes at the Addiction Recovery Research Institute (ARRC) housed at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI). As part of Dr. Warren Bickel’s research team, he has been instrumental in helping to create and launch the International Quit & Recovery Registry, a novel approach that employs crowd-sourcing technology to establish, maintain and grow an unprecedented database on the process of recovery. He has authored one previous book: “Develop the Winner's Mentality.” For more, visit:

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse celebrated 15 years of service to authors in Sept. 2011.For more information or to publish a book visit or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.

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