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Thursday, November 29, 2012 1:30 PM

November is a month about gratitude. There are so many things I’m grateful for. One thing I am grateful for each and every day is my sobriety. Quitting drinking a little over a year ago is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’d like to share a book that’s helped me. It’s called “Living Sober Sucks (but living drunk sucks more)” and it’s written by Mark Tuschel.

I was browsing Amazon when I discovered this, and the title immediately drew me in. I am rather sarcastic by nature, and the name of this book just sounded like something that would very well accommodate my sardonic nature. I was right.

Mark Tuschel doesn’t have a PhD and he’s not claiming to be a Dr. Phil or Dr. Drew. He is simply sharing his experience of becoming sober, and sharing some strategies that have worked for him. His writing voice is extremely accessible, and I love his sense of humor. Overcoming alcoholism is no easy feat, but I’ve found that, like with anything else in life, it helps to accomplish something big by lightening the mood and being able to have a sense of humor about it.

Mark Tuschel doesn’t hold back when it comes to…anything. If you’re turned off by profanity, then this might not be for you. If you’ve made the decision to quit drinking and want an incredibly caring, yet wisecracking friend to help you along the way, then this might be for you. Tuschel talks about the emotional roller coaster one embarks upon when sobering up, he talks about how friends might/will most likely change, he tells of when he hit rock bottom. He is honest. He is hilarious. He is smart. And, above all, he’s devoted his life to helping others sober up and stay that way.
I have read a few other books on this topic, and their tone was so somber that I couldn’t take it. I kinda wanted to drink after reading them. This book, though, has been like the diamond in the rough for me. He has also written several other books, like his follow-up to this one, Okay, I quit.

Now what? and I plan on reading those, too.

So obviously this book might not appeal to everyone, like those who have no intention of quitting drinking — and that’s fine. I think it could be a breath of fresh air for those who attend AA meetings — and those who don’t, but who are interested in becoming sober on their own. I know it’s helped me tremendously.

Sara Berelsman lives in Fort Jennings with her husband and their two daughters.  She leads the book club discussions at the Delphos Public Library.


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