What Else Is Going On? Addiction and Related Disorders
Mark your calendar to attend my free presentation:
February 11, 2017
as part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Awareness Hour.
I am reaping many fruits of this ongoing re-birth called recovery, including increased serenity, a welcoming of quiet times, and ever increasing world-wide explorations. Bali, Malaysia, and Thailand will be our spring journey. (Look for tales about it in my new book on aging.) In the meantime, we continue to enjoy the desert lifestyle.
There have been renewed festivities around the Palm Springs Walk of Stars…
Jazz recording legend Diane Schuur recently received a star. I was excited to attend the ceremony to tell Diane how much she meant to my dear departed friend Arlyn Rudolph. I sat beside Arlyn’s bed in her final days and she was most interested in making sure that the nurses helped her get flowers sent to Diane’s opening at the Iridium in New York. We shared happy memories of my joking, fun-loving sister in sobriety.
As it turned out, an interesting man was taking pictures on his cell phone and promised me one. Amyn is a world famous high fashion celebrity photographer who snapped our picture. You can see his impressive body of work at www.amynnasser.com.
Read my recent article on why shows like “The Biggest Loser” aren’t working.
Listen to my radio appearance with Michelle Happe on Fat Is A Family Affair.
For those of you who don’t get the Step 12 Magazine recovery magazine, I’ve added all of my articles from previous issues to my website for you to enjoy.
January 13-15, 2017 brings us to the 57th birthday party for Overeater’s Anonymous in Los Angeles. I do hope to see you all there as we continue to learn and grow together.
February 11, 2017 I will join gambling addiction expert, Gary Lange, in a free presentation as part of the Betty Ford Awareness Hour sponsored by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Our presentations will explain the similarities and differences between alcoholism and other addictions. This three-month community education series also features these speakers: Susan Ford Bales, daughter of Betty Ford, former California Congresswoman Mary Bono (wife of the late former mayor of Palm Springs, Sonny Bono), Jerry Moe, Director of Betty Ford’s Children’s Program, Dr. Martha Susan Horton, author of Growing Up In Adulthood and Dr. Johanna O’Flaherty, an expert on trauma, addiction, and healing.
In addition, several mystery celebrity guests will share the challenges and rewards of their personal recovery journeys. I feel privileged to join this auspicious lineup and look forward to seeing you on February 11, 2017. Here’s a preview of my presentation “How Is OA Recovery Different From AA?”
To see the full Betty Ford Awareness Hour brochure, click here.
Since the Betty Ford Center has allied with the Hazelden Foundation, I must offer extreme gratitude to Hazelden for publishing Fat Is A Family Affair.
Even though the book was initially rejected by seventeen New York publishers, it grew to be second in sales for Hazelden with only the AA Big Book selling more. I included the editor’s rejection comments in my preface. Generally their ideas were that the treatment I was prescribing was absolutely “too difficult” and “wouldn’t sell.” They also felt it was too much to ask to involve the entire family in a recovery process.
Well, Hazelden Publishing took the challenge and we created a book that was used in treatment centers throughout the world. I appeared on the Oprah Show three times. Then, I began a lecture and training career, along with radio and TV appearances, that has spanned almost five decades and helped tens of thousands of people. The book became a best seller, has sold over half a million copies, and is still in print and going strong. Reader interest also created a need for my 12-week lecture series, Hope For Compulsive Overeaters which is available for download at www.judihollis.com
I want to hear from you…
Researchers are finally providing proof for what we’ve always known:
Recovery needs to be individualized and then modified when necessary.
Here is a recent article on the 59 Types of Obesity again articulating what we’ve been discussing: Our recoveries depend on staying adaptive and flexible.
I’d welcome more of your writings about this.Thanks to all who responded to our last newsletter and shared your ongoing recovery stories.
I also still need commentaries about flexibility and “How do you talk yourself out of a binge?“