This Week’s Amazon Featured Book of the Week is Loosening the Grip 12th Edition: A Handbook of Alcohol Information by Jean Kinney

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Loosening the Grip 12th Edition: A Handbook of Alcohol Information

by Jean Kinney

(4.5 out of 5 Stars – 40 Customer Reviews)    Price: $69.95

Accessible and comprehensive, Loosening the Grip remains an authoritative source for information about alcohol use and the problems associated with it, while also addressing the relationship between alcohol and other drug use. The text presents the physical and psychological effects of alcohol, alongside the impact of its use on the family and society. Special attention is given to the range of responses to potential problems of alcohol use, including prevention, harm reduction, assessment, referral and treatment, and the risks for anyone of heavy alcohol use. Along with providing a historical foundation, Loosening the Grip also sets forth basic information on other drugs of abuse, whether street drugs or prescription drugs.

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Knowledge to Power: Understanding and Overcoming Addiction by Kal W. Rissman

With the abundance of self-published authors, you have to come up with creative ways to market a self-published book. While book tours are a great way to connect with your readers, they aren’t the most affordable method of promotion. However, technology has made it possible for an alternative.

Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Kal W. Rissman, who is taking his latest book, Knowledge to Power: Understanding and Overcoming Addiction, on tour – a virtual book tour, that is. He will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about him and his book.

Luckily for us, Kal was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Knowledge to Power: Understanding and Overcoming Addiction.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Knowledge to Power: Understanding and Overcoming Addiction. What is it about?

Kal:   The book is about understanding addiction as a disease and giving direction to what can overcome this cunning, baffling and powerful illness.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Kal:   I have worked with addictions of all kinds for almost 40 years and have lots of practical experience in helping people with addictions. I wanted to get this information out to a wider audience to help more individuals and their families.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Kal: I self-published the book through Outskirts Press.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Kal:  It is hard to imagine that there is anyone in our culture who would not be interested in a book on addictions, since it is our greatest health issue. I was speaking at a conference recently and asked if there was anyone in the audience who had never been affected by the disease of addiction with either themselves or with family and friends and nobody raised their hand. Everybody has some experience with the disease and yet it is so misunderstood.

OP:  What is special about your book?  

Kal:   This book gives a clear understanding of the addictive illness but does it in a way that is very readable and interesting, because of the real life examples used from my experience.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Kal: This is a book that can be used by professionals and lay people alike. It does not use technical psychological terms to explain the disease or to explain what needs to be done about it. It is simple, yet profound.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Kal: Yes, I published a book on male-female relationships several years ago entitled, “A Farm Boy’s Guide to Love and Sex.” It is currently unavailable.

OP: Thanks for your time, Kal! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!


Kal William Rissman has a unique background of broad education and experience in behavioral health coupled with farm boy common sense. He is a certified Master Addiction Counselor, Marriage and Family Life Counselor, Social Worker, Hospital Chaplain and ordained parish pastor of the ELCA. Past employment includes building construction, plumbing and life-guarding. He currently lives in the country and raises beef cattle as his hobby. He has worked with addictions his entire career.

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