A Recovery Journey

A Recovery Journey is a series of books for those who continue to be on a journey of mental, psychological, and spiritual growth; it is a broad, comprehensive approach to our daily struggles with mental and emotional well-being, including, but not limited to, alcohol/addiction recovery.

The journey that I have chosen to follow is an eclectic one that borrows from many traditions and philosophies: Buddhism, Christianity, A.H.Almaas, Pema Chödrön, Existentialism, American culture, Alcoholics Anonymous. Although I may be more sympathetic to many non-western and unorthodox traditions, I make every attempt to be respectful of other theological traditions, schools of psychology, and recovery programs. However, I have discovered that challenging some of the assumptions of many “received-wisdom” traditions is often necessary when those traditions contradict experience.



A Recovery Journey is about one man’s spiritual, intellectual, and emotional journey. It is not just a memoir of the author’s recovery from alcohol; it presents a broad synthesis of every aspect of his transformations, insights, values, and behavior changes resulting from the first moment of surrender to the knowledge of his addiction.

Marohn approaches  recovery as a global psychological process, one that takes him into non-traditional spiritual journeys, into self-examination, and to a constant awareness of how much personal experience continues to trump so many of the orthodox values and beliefs he grew up with.

On a broader level, A Recovery Journey examines three basic areas of  Marohn’s on-going journey: the beginnings; psychological and spiritual values; and the broader philosophical and cultural issues, all of which continue to affect and be affected by his on-going path to recovery.


Book 1: Beginnings


Recovery-web-1 In this first of the three books, A Recovery Journey, Marohn vividly describes his first awakening, fox-hole moment of surrender sitting naked in front of a white telephone frantically wondering whether he should call a local rehab.Over time, through long-term counseling and peer-group recovery meetings, the author began to uncover some of the psychological themes underlying so many of his dysfunctional behaviors: to acquire knowledge as power; to seek refuge in religion; to live in a world of fantasy and high drama; to believe that life was to be fatalistically endured.The author’s continuous self-examination journey led him to own up to his escapist world of one-night stands and chronic resentments and fears.

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Book 2: Psychological & Spiritual Issues


Recovery-web-2 In this second volume, the author focuses on the psychological and spiritual changes he continues to experience in his life-long awakening and recovery journey.From the fearless drunk who placed himself in life- threatening situations, he became the sober and stable person able to recognize the difference between a rational, healthy fear and self-deceptive paranoia.Over time, because of his connection to others, he was able to surrender many of his grand-narrative fantasies and his belief that social and professional roles defined his identity.That surrender enabled the author to write his first novel in which one of the characters opened him up even more to a cathartic world of forgiveness he never thought was possible.Happiness, he also discovered, was the end result of connecting to others, not because of an exterior divinity, nor because of his many-leveled delusionary hopes.

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Book 3: Philosophical & Cultural Issues


Recovery-web-3 In this third volume, the author looks at the broad philosophical and cultural issues that continue to influence his daily-recovery and mental-health journey.Marohn begins with his observations about the self-created illusions, the deceptions, that lie beneath the surface of our consciousness when we believe that accumulating experiences is the answer, that financial security comes with a warranty, or that immortality is guaranteed. He challenges the “grace” believers by suggesting that the divinity-within school is a more powerful model of growth.Doubt, Marohn believes, is the great jump-starter for psychological maturity and freedom can often be attained by paring down, limiting our choices, minimalizing our life styles.For those on the path of mental and psychological well-being, Marohn maintains that the American culture’s insistence on closure, certainty, and instant solutions are in constant conflict with experience, which the author believes, trumps even the received-wisdom, ancient-text, and clergy-controlled orthodoxies.

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