The Couch of Willingness: An Alcoholic Therapist Battles the Bottle and a Broken Recovery System.
As I rebuilt my practice I gradually revealed the story of my battle with alcoholism to colleagues and clients and new friends. Their reaction was the same: “Oh my God, you must write a book.”
The Couch of Willingness: An Alcoholic Therapist Battles the Bottle and Broken Recovery System is that book. I wrote it with my partner, documentary filmmaker Maureen Palmer.
The “Couch of Willingness” is an a actual couch in a rundown recovery home here on the Lower Mainland. That’s what everyone in the house calls it. Every newcomer must detox and sleep there until he “surrenders” and admits he’s powerless over alcohol. That’s where I landed when I lost everything.
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