Begin Recovery brings to you the core concepts that Dr. Cook has used to help alcoholics and addicts for over 30 years. It builds upon the foundation of the 12 Steps, but goes into much greater depth regarding the causes and conditions that are at the root of addiction and how to change them. It's like a crash course in understanding yourself, understanding the 12 Step Program, and learning walk a new path in life. It can transform your life!
Douglas W. Cook, M.D. is a graduate of Louisiana State University Medical School in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is a Board Certified Addictionist with The American Board of Addiction Medicine. He developed one of the largest and best known treatment centers in the country, Palmetto Addiction Recovery Center. He has over 30 years of experience in the field of addiction medicine and has helped thousands of individuals from all walks of life begin a new life of sobriety. He has appeared on A&E Network's show Intervention. His book Everything You Need to Know about Addiction... Before You Spend a Penny was published in 2015 and is available through Amazon.
The information on this site was created by him. He always gives credit to other literature or books that he quotes from or uses concepts from.
With your paid registration you are immediately enrolled into the online Begin Recovery Program to start your recovery.
Your purchase includes access to all 10 of Dr. Cook's educational/coaching videos (14 hours) and his interpretation of the 12 Step Program for 120 days. You also receive the built-in interface with your Accountability Partner(s). This provides a stronger support base for your recovery and the opportunity to work the program with the supervision of a counselor, physician, family member, EAP supervisor, minister, rabbi, friend or 12 Step Program sponsor.
No. It's never too late to regain control of your life. Recovery from substance abuse takes time and effort, but anyone who is willing and teachable will recover.
Addicts will always be addicts, but you can choose to live a sober life. In the end your sobriety really depends on you. If you are willing to commit to a 12 Step Program, Begin Recovery can help you as you make a positive change in your life. 12 Step Program attendance is used in tandem with Begin Recovery places you in the ideal situation to achieve recovery.
You will learn things in Begin Recovery that were likely not taught to you in your previous treatment program. Even if you attended 12 Step Meetings and relapsed, this program is for you. Many never really understand what the steps mean and how to work them correctly.
If you are participating in a 12 Step based recovery treatment program, Begin Recovery will provide concepts that will augment the education you are receiving in treatment.
Warning signs of chemical dependence can be physical, behavioral or Psychological and include but are not limited to: Bloodshot eyes; dilated or constricted pupils; tremors; lack of concern for grooming or personal appearance; unusual odors; getting into trouble or fighting; being secretive; unexplained financial problems; mood swings; angry outbursts; lethargy; paranoia; loss of interest; sudden changes in friends, hobbies or hangouts.
Begin Recovery is a supplemental tool only and is not meant to take the place of traditional 12-step recovery programs. Nothing can take the place of your attendance of 12-step meetings or having your own sponsor. Begin Recovery offers resources for local support in your community, useful information an addict needs as he attempts sobriety, and coaching from Dr. Douglas Cook.
For an intervention to be effective, it must be done correctly. Here is a great site to help you organize a successful intervention: Click Here. Remember, one option you have is to offer a subscription to our Begin Recovery Program and someone involved in the intervention can volunteer to be the Accountability Partner.
Dr. Douglas Cook and Begin Recovery do not speak for Alcoholics Anonymous or any other 12-Step program. We are simply providing knowledge and guidance for those seeking to find out more about recovering from an addiction using 12-Step programs.
The information for this site is written primarily by Douglas W. Cook, M.D. based on over 30 years experience in treating addicts and alcoholics. Any references to information from literature are clearly stated by Dr. Cook in his videos. The viewer is encouraged to note those sources for further reading and help in recovering from alcoholism or addiction.
BeginRecovery.com is a product of a privately owned company, SoberMD, LLC. All funding for BeginRecovery.com is provided by SoberMD, LLC. This site is intended for use by individuals who wish to purchase the program and view the content over the internet.