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

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…

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