’A book about how to manage the addiction and the life style of alcoholism’
Title: The Mindful way, Alcohol Recovery
Author: Catherine G Lucas
Publisher: Sheldon Press
Reviewer: Paul Watson, college nurse, Peterborough Regional College
What was it like?
A book about how to manage the addiction and the life style of alcoholism. This is done by looking at a term that Lucas refers to as “Mindfulness”, a way or looking at and thinking about things to better improve outcomes. The book is in several chapters designed to give answers as required to the reader, with additional resources and references at the back.
What were the highlights?
This is a good looking book that is laid out in an easy to access format, a nice size with a nice tactile cover. The contents of the book are split down into short concise chapters with some additional change in type face keeping the reader on their toes.
Strengths & weaknesses
Throughout the book I found that there was lots of talk of mindfulness but I was never really sure what it was referring to. If my interpretation is correct it is about reflection and analysis, and as such I found the term “mindfulness” rather patronising and frustrating as I felt that this was an unnecessary dumbing down of useful terms. The NHS state that it can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much. Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental wellbeing. Some people call this awareness ”mindfulness” (www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/pages/mindfulness.asp). I am afraid that I just feel that it is “paying attention to what is going on around you!”
I found the constant changing of type face difficult to cope with as this kept causing me to lose focus, not to mention the continued over use of “mindful” something or other! I also found that the US spellings throughout was distracting.
However, I am aware that I sound as though I think that this is a bad book. This is not the case. I feel that the content and the sentiment and work demonstrated within it is sound and well worthwhile. It is my pedantic issues that have caused me to find this a difficult book to read not the content, that I feel is sound and worth a read if you are more able to demonstrate flexibility than me.
Who should read it?
While this book is about alcohol recovery the techniques demonstrated throughout could be used in many different situations. It is therefore possible that anyone with the need for “Mindfulness” could benefit from it so that they can learn to “Pay attention” to the things around them.