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Psychotherapist Michael Pond is no stranger to the devastating consequences of alcoholism. He has helped hundreds of people conquer their addictions, but this knowledge did not prevent his own near-demise. In this riveting memoir, he recounts how he lost his practice, his home, and his familyall because of his drinking. After scores of visits to the ER, a tour of hellish recovery homes, a stint in intensive care for end-stage alcoholism, and jail, Pond devised his own personal plan for recovery. He met Maureen Palmer and together they investigated scientific alternatives to the rigid abstinence doctrine pushed by 12-Step programs.
Michael Pond has a private therapy practice in Vancouver, where he specializes in addiction treatment. He has a degree in psychiatric nursing and a Masters in Social Work. Maureen Palmer is a critically-acclaimed documentary filmmaker and former radio and television producer at CBC. In 2002, she co-founded Bountiful Films. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with partner Michael Pond.