The Couch of Willingness: An Alcoholic Therapist Battles the Bottle and a Broken Recovery System by Michael PondThe Couch of Willingness: An Alcoholic Therapist Battles the Bottle and a Broken Recovery System by Michael Pond

The Couch of Willingness: An Alcoholic Therapist Battles the Bottle and a Broken Recovery System

byMichael Pond, Maureen Palmer

Paperback | May 10, 2014

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Michael Pond had helped hundreds of people recover from alcoholism, but he couldn't help himself

After two decades of helping clients battle addictions, Michael Pond, a successful therapist, succumbs to one himself. He loses his practice, his home and his family to alcoholism, ending up destitute in a rundown recovery home populated by a cast of characters straight out of Dickens.



The Couch of Willingness is a real couch in that home, a couch where Pond is forced to sleep until he surrenders and admits he's powerless over alcohol. But just when Pond gains any measure of sobriety, in sashays his other powerful addiction, Dana, a can of Red Bull in hand and a 26er of vodka in her purse.



Pond's harrowing two-year journey to sobriety takes stops in abandoned sheds, dumpsters, ditches, emergency wards, intensive care, and finally, prison. His riveting account crackles with raw energy and black humour as he plunges readers into a world few will ever have the misfortune to experience.



Along the way, Michael the drunk finds himself shamed and stigmatized by the very system in which Michael the therapist thrived. The dissonance rankles for Pond and, by the end of the story, for the reader too.



About The Author

Maureen Palmer spent two decades as an award-winning producer at the CBC, where she held senior positions in both radio and television production. She left in 2000 to produce series for TLC and the Discovery Channel. Shortly thereafter, she co-founded Bountiful Films, which has produced a string of critically acclaimed documentaries.Mi...

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Title:The Couch of Willingness: An Alcoholic Therapist Battles the Bottle and a Broken Recovery SystemFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:May 10, 2014Publisher:Everywhere NowLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0993714706

ISBN - 13:9780993714702

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The Couch of Willingness is a passionate book around the struggle and path to recovery from addiction.