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  • Sobering

  • Lessons Learnt the Hard Way on Drinking, Thinking and Quitting
  • By: Melissa Rice
  • Narrated by: Melissa Rice
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Sobering

By: Melissa Rice
Narrated by: Melissa Rice
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Summary

‘I don’t know if I was born with it, caught it or bought it; I just know that, at some point in my life, a line was crossed: I needed a drink to get through life, to calm the nerves and quiet the head, and I became reliant on alcohol to change how I felt.’

Sobering is the story of an insecure teenager turned Liverpudlian party girl, schoolteacher turned alcoholic and now recovering alcoholic turned award-winning podcaster. Melissa’s story is as dramatic as her unique voice, but her message is universal: mental health issues often drive vulnerable people to addiction, and working on mental health and personal development can help recovery.

Written with the expert help of rehab and addiction specialists, and with insights from other recovering alcoholics and addicts, Sobering covers everything from denial, isolation and shame to getting help and rebuilding relationships. This is a personal story with a mission: to help anyone worried about their drinking to understand themselves and move forward with wisdom to make that hardest decision of all - to stay sober.

©2021 Melissa Rice (P)2021 W F Howes

Critic reviews

"Melissa’s unique combination of authenticity, personal experience and humour makes for an incredibly refreshing take on addiction and recovery. A much-needed book that will help individuals to find hope and society to rethink substance misuse." (Shahroo Izadi, author of The Kindness Method)

“Unique, honest, witty, occasionally shocking, you need this uplifting, amazing book in your life.” (Steve Bland, You, Me and the Big C)

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Up there with the best addiction/ recovery books.

I came across Melissa on the BBC hooked podcast & there was just something about her raw honesty, heart on her sleeve, no fucks given attitude, & absolute passion for addiction & recovery that I loved. When I saw she had a book out, I couldn’t wait to listen to it. What an amazing lady you really are. This book has had me in tears, howls of laughter & moments of total clarity. At last someone not afraid to say it as it is, the good & the bad. Melissa you’re an inspiration! I would recommend this book to anyone who thinks they’re a lost cause or feels it’s too late for them to get help.. It’s not too late. It’s really not. Recovery is possible. As Melissa says look for the similarities not the differences. Take what you need & leave the rest. Thank you Melissa, people like you help fight the stigma addiction unfortunately has.
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Honesty At It’s Best

Thank you Melissa for sharing your heartbreaking, but inspiring story. It’s a wonderful read, congratulations, love and best wishes for today and the future x

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Well done Melissa

Wow what a journey, I laughed, I cried, her poor mum, and of course Melissa. Made me think a lot….. Also highlights the fantastic work that charity’s do to help people in addition.

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Hopefull, honest and humorous

Melisa Rice tells her story from addiction to recovery wonderfully. Would definitely recommend 👌

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One of the best

Really enjoyed this book. What an honest story. One of the best sobriety books I've heard and one I'll listen to again. What a lovely, kind person she is. Hints and advice interwoven into Melissa's story of alcohol and beyond. Funny, emotional, interesting and uplifting. Highly recommend.

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A banging listen

This book is the absolute s**t

Melissa Rice you Northern legend

Proper spit your brew out funny

So inspiring a must listen

Im off to have my TEA (dinner)

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I’m a friend new to this world

Amazing audio book! I’d listened to all episodes of Hooked and was lucky to hit on this book. Exactly what I needed. As a friend of an alcoholic you can feel rejected and sidelined by the recovery process. I was told ‘no contact’ from the start. This gives a helpful insight into what the alcoholic is going through and the part on ‘boundaries’ gave me a better understanding of what is to come when my friend comes out of rehab. And Melissa is such a brilliant and lovely character. It’s not all serious and morose. Loved it. And Thank you!!

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inspirational quit lit

This book is the best I've read/listened to with regards to alcohol and the effect is has on your family and life.
Loved it, funny, emotional and truly able to relate to.