Who's Your Higher Power?
Finding a God of Your Own Understanding
by Dawn Obrecht M.D.
This book shines the spotlight on all those struggles, concerns, fears and anger around finding a Higher Power. As you or someone you love may know well, finding a "God of Your Understanding" is a life-and-death issue. Alcoholics and addicts who steadfastly refuse to open their minds to this basic tenet of recovery are unable to take advantage of all that recovery and, indeed, life has to offer.
In her third book, Dr. Dawn Obrecht focuses attention on a question of profound importance that has been surprisingly neglected in the addictions literature-how does one fully embrace the first three steps to recovery when views of a Higher Power have been distorted by life? In WHO'S YOUR HIGHER POWER, Dr. Dawn shares insightful and touching narratives about "finding a God of your own understanding" from thirty courageous associates who she compassionately calls "alcoholics and addicts I have known and loved." Recovery from addiction, from depression, trauma or any other discomfort, painful feeling, habit or dysfunction, is not about simply refraining from some substance or process or merely taking a medication to alter how you feel. Yes, there are neurological disturbances that respond to medication. Many people find antidepressants, mood stabilizers and other medication to be a useful or even necessary part of recovery. They also find that they need to do more than just take a prescription medication; they need to participate in their own growth. Recovery is about change, about striving for and embracing a physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy and vibrant life. It is about filling the void that you have carried in your unfulfilled hunger for purpose and meaning, a void you tried to fill with alcohol or drugs. It is about walking a new path, one that you may not have dreamed possible.
Dawn Obrecht grew up with two alcoholic parents, rode her own addiction to the edge of suicide, and then became an MD Addictionist and professor.
Who's Your Higher Power has won an 2014 EVVY award in the Spiritual and Religious category.
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What they are saying about Who's Your Higher Power?
"I cannot imagine a person more suited to write this important book. Dawn Obrecht has experienced growing up with two alcoholic parents, rode her own addiction to the edge of suicide, and then became an MD Addictionist and professor. In her third book, Who's Your Higher Power?, Dr. Obrecht focuses attention on a question of profound importance that has has surprisingly neglected in the addictions literature — how does one fully embrace the first three steps to recovery when views of a Higher Power have been distorted by life? This book makes rich use of personal narrative to help those who need it most to find a Higher Power who can be trusted as friend and mentor."
Gary W. Moon, M.Div., Ph.D. Executive director, Renovaré Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation, Author, Apprenticeship with Jesus
"...the stories in Dawn's book bring hope and inspiration to those who are frustrated, angry, and resentful about the idea of having to find a Power greater than themselves in order to find peace, fulfillment and contentment that recovery can bring to their life. I would encourage everyone, whether in recovery or not, to read this book and it's hopeful and inspiring stories"
Andrew R. McIntyre, Recovering Person Currently Working in the Treatment Industry