LEVEL 13 - Develop Your Defense Progressions - 512

The Stages of Alcoholism and Sobriety - 514

  • Early, Middle, and Late Alcoholism - 515
  • Early Sobriety - 518
  • “Tuning” Sobriety - 519
  • Ongoing Sobriety - 520
  • What Do You Do If You Relapse? - 521

The Concept of Progressions - 522
Develop Your Defense Progressions - 523
​Examples of Defense Progressions - 536

​Conclusion - 555

​Appendices
Appendix A - Learning to Sleep in Early Sobriety - 557
Appendix B - The Conquer Program Checklists - 575

Web Resources - 602

EndNotes - 608

About The Author - 640


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As you might expect with a "How To" program, the chapters are organized by Level of defense chronologically - e.g. in the order that you should do them - but with much more attention to building on the previous Levels and preparing for the next one than most programs. These Levels are organized into three sequential phases.

Phase 1 focuses on laying the foundation for sobriety - admitting the addiction, understanding what causes you to drink, what it is doing to your body, and in general preparing you for the core defense-building activities in Phase 2 and (if necessary) Phase 3.

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Phase 2 focuses on building successive Levels of defense to repel the wide variety of attacks that alcohol can throw at you. It takes the best of "traditional" approaches to getting sober, enhances them, and integrates them into successive Levels of defense on top of that rock-solid foundation. At the end of Phase 2 you hopefully have progressed far enough that you are truly on the road to sobriety.

Phase 3 is for those where Phases 1 and 2 were just not quite enough. It details some unorthodox methods for helping you get sober, such as twists on Aversion Therapy and Detoxification. It also explores how spirituality can be beneficial to your quest - even if you are not a spiritual-type person. ALL Levels in Phases 1, 2, and 3 take the multiple Levels of defense approach, so if one type of defense fails at some point, you have the others to fall back on and keep you from relapsing.

In the end it is this practical, useable Levels of defense approach that is different from other programs. If one part of a defense layer is not up to snuff on a particularly bad day, cycling through the others will get you the support you need - BEFORE you are seriously tempted to drink again.
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LEVEL 4 - Engage Friends and Family - 339

You Can't Do It Alone - 340
Who and How To Ask For Help - 340
Using Friends and Family as an Alcohol Defense - 344

LEVEL 5 - Detox: What To Expect - 347

Intro to Detoxification - 347
The Possible Side Effects of Detox - 351
Types of Medically Supervised Detox - 354
What to Expect Step-By-Step - 357

  • Selecting the Treatment Facility - 357
  • Making Arrangements - 358
  • Preparation and Check-In - 359
  • After Check-In - 360
  • Day One, Two - 360
  • Day Two+ - 361
  • Checkout and the Next Few Days - 363
​LEVEL 6 - Rehab and Therapy - 364

​Rehabilitation Treatment Programs - 365

  • In-Patient  Rehab - 366​
  • Out-Patient Treatment Programs -369​
  • How Do I Select a Facility and Program? - 37

​​Types of Therapy - 382

  • ​Behavior Couples Therapy - 384
  • ​Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy - 386
  • ​Motivational Enhancement Therapy - 387
  • ​Step Facilitation Therapy 387
  • ​Time Perspective Therapy - 387
  • ​How Do I Select a Therapist? - 390

​Alternative/Unconventional Treatment Programs - 391

  • Acupuncture- 392
  • Aversion Therapy - 393
  • Hypnosis - 396
  • Meditation - 397        
  • Salvation Army Rehab - 405
  • Relatives, 223
  • ​Reminders, 226
  • ​Sex, 230
  • ​Smell, 235
  • ​Social Situations, 237
  • ​Stress (Physical), 240
  • ​Taste, 245
  • ​Times of Day, 247
  • ​Tired, 251
  • ​Unfun/Uninteresting, 253
  • ​Victim (Incl. Child/Sexual Abuse), 257
  • ​Weather (incl. Seasons), 264
  • ​(e)X, 267
  • ​Yelling (incl. Conflict), 273
  • Zeal (incl. Excitement, High Energy), 276
LEVEL 10 - Consider Spirituality - 468

Organized Religion and Alcoholism - 469
The Concept of a "Higher Power" - 471
Ways to "Get Spiritual" - 473

  • Religious Literature, Teaching, and Testimonials - 475
  • Spiritual “Event” or Epiphany (includes rock bottom) - 478
  • Preponderance of the Evidence - 481
​LEVEL 11 - Make Yourself Sick of Alcohol (Optional) - 484

Moderation, Relapses, and The Conquer Program - 484
Proximity, Smell and Taste—The Axis of Evil -485
What’s the Buzz? What It Is and Why We Want It - 487
How and Why Alcohol Affects Your Brain and Body - 492
Drugs To “Treat” Alcoholism - 495
Aversion Therapy—What It Is and How It Might Help - 498

  • The Importance of Pavlov’s Dog - 499
  • Proximity Trigger Aversion Therapy - 500
  • Smell and Taste Aversion Therapy - 501
​LEVEL 12 - The LAST Detox (Optional) - 506

The Trick: Do It While You’re Sick - 507
Other Tricks to Help Detox - 509

PHASE 3 - COMPLETE YOUR FORTIFICATIONS

Introduction-Why You Should Read This Book-1
The Conquer Program Overview - 6
​For Those Under 25 Years Old - 17
Women and Alcohol: Extra Problems for You - 23

PHASE 1: LAY THE FOUNDATION FOR SOBRIETY

LEVEL 1 - Admit an Addiction to Alcohol- 31

Evolution from "Normal" to a Problem Drinker - 33
Could You Be A "Functional" Alcoholic? - 37
Are You an Alcoholic? - 39
Interventions: A Good Idea? - 50

  • What Is An Intervention and How Is It Done?-51
  • Planning An Intervention - 58
  • Family and an Intervention - 65

The Conquer Quiz (25 Questions)- 68

LEVEL  2 - Know Your Triggers - 82

Why Your Triggers are so Critical to Being Sober - 85
Trigger Inter-relationships - A Missing Link in Alcoholism Treatment? - 88
​How to Build Your Trigger Defenses - 89

Drinking Triggers from A to Z

  • ​Anger, 94
  • ​Anxiety, 100
  • Boredom, 107​
  • Change, 113​
  • Depression, 117​
  • Disorder, 120​
  • Escape, 124​
  • Envy, 127​
  • Extreme Emotions (incl. Grief), 130​
  • Frustration, 133
  • ​Fun, 136
  • ​Guilt (incl. Embarrassment), 142
  • ​Health (Pain), 148
  • ​Holidays (incl. Special Occasions), 151
  • ​Hungry (incl. Eating Disorders), 153​
LEVEL 3 - Listen To Your Body! - 283

Alcohol-Related Health Problems from A to Z - 285
The Joint Progression of Disease and Alcoholism - Age Doesn't Matter! - 288
The Role of Genetics in Alcoholism - 303
How Alcohol Can Destroy Your Body - A Sampling - 305
Suicide and Painful Death by Alcohol - 320
The Conquer Program Health Assessment Guide - 327

How to Conquer Your Alcoholism - Book Overview

PHASE 2: BUILD YOUR NEW DEFENSES​

LEVEL 7 - Join an (Alcoholic) Community- 408

​What to Look For in a Community - 410

  • Relatability" -410
  • Demographics - 411
  • Convenience - 411
  • Variety - 411

​Community Examples - 412

  • ​Alcoholics Anonymous (includes detailed analysis and critique) - 413
  • ​Rational Recovery - 426
  • ​Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS) - 429
  • ​SMART Recovery - 430
  • ​Women For Sobriety (WFS) - 432

​Online Communities, 434

LEVEL 8 - Break Bad Habits - 436

Alcohol-Related Bad Habits - 437
Ideas for Breaking Alcohol-Related Post-Sobriety - 438
Tea - A Substitute for Alcohol? - 443

LEVEL 9 - Develop New Hobbies - 447

Why Developing New Hobbies is So Important - 447
Potential Hobbies from A to Z - 448
"Extra-Special" Hobbies -451

  • Exercise - 451
  • Pets - 453
  • Volunteer Work - 455

​Potential for Addiction to New Hobbies - 457

  • Insomnia, 158
  • ​Job, 162
  • ​Kids (Children), 169
  • ​Loneliness, 174
  • ​Media, 181
  • ​Mid-Life Crisis (incl. Senior drinking), 186
  • ​Money, 191
  • ​Music, 194
  • Noise, 196
  • ​Overconfidence (incl. Ego, "Pink Cloud"), 198
  • ​Peer Pressure ("Friends"), 202
  • ​Powerlessness (incl. being Controlled), 206
  • ​Proximity, 208
  • ​Quitting (Fear of), 213
  • ​Relationships, 217​

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