Book Review: After the Crises …Second-Nature Sobriety by K.M. Cusack

A LifeRing convenor, K.M. Cusack, has written a book that brings together many themes that will be familiar to those who have been involved with LifeRing meetings. Even the chapter headings will be recognizable from discussions: Barriers to Change, Relentless Self-Honesty, and Commitment, for example. These and other topics are discussed along with revealing insights into Cusack’s own experiences.

The goal of the book is to help the recovering addict to make the choice not to drink or use so deeply ingrained as to become second nature – something that is no longer an active issue. To that end, Cusack covers areas of thought and behavior that may need to be changed during the recovery process. Many of us have learned that we need to change a lot more than just our drinking/using behavior and this little book probes into many of those areas.

The book is an easy read, avoiding deep analysis in favor of accessibility. It can be found at . And you can visit the author’s website at


  1. K.M. Cusack on October 17, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Thanks for taking the time to comment, Lars. Its gratifying to learn that the info I’m gathering is reaching a widespread audience.

  2. Lars Bergstrom on October 16, 2011 at 5:39 am

    I checked your webbsite. I liked Seligmans comments on optimism, hes a great psychologist, worldfamous for his research on learned helpleness. Much as we learn to be helpless in addiction we can re-learn to be in control of our soberness and happiness in future. And also learn to apricieate (sorry buot my spelling) ourselfes for our strengths. Lars B., Stockholm