RESPONSIBLE DRINKING AND OTHER MYTHS
This is the first of five booklets written by Robert C. Hickle based onhis observations and experiences as alcoholics became sober while he acted as their counselor and attended AA meetings. A non-recovering person himself his 40 years of experience speaks volumes not just people who have alcoholism but also those who engage in other addictive-type behaviors.
THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY
Quoting the books author Robert Hickle comments about the books title: "...to some, is that we understand alcoholism only imperfectly at present...we shall never be able to understand in this life the tremendously complex and troublesome illness we call alcoholism."
"...to some, is that the alcoholic sees everything through a glass, but in this case, a glass of booze, and not a window.They see themselves through the bottom of the bottle, not in a mirror.There is a lot in this book about the imperfect perceptions of the alcoholic."
"...those of us who would help the alcoholic see him imperfectly through a window of our own experience and bias, and there is quite a bit about this matter in the book."
THE MOSAIC OF SOBRIETY
Commenting of the title of this booklet Robert Hickle observes: "Sobriety is a mosaic made up of little bits and pieces that look inconsequential by themselves, but when put together by the artist, the alcoholic, they make up the beautiful and complex picture we call sobriety. Just as a picture begins with an idea in the mind of an artist, so sobriety begins with an idea in the mind of the alcoholic. Together, we can give the mosaic of sobriety substance and permanence."
A PEARL OF GREAT PRICE
Noting how sobriety is a hard-won prize Robert Hickle notes:
"There is no doubt that the pearl of sobriety has a great price, whether one uses the word “price” in the sense of cost, or of value. Usually alcoholics have paid an immense price by the time the pearl is bought,and they go on their way, rejoicing. No one can estimate the value of the pearl of sobriety except alcoholics and their loved ones. Cost or value, the pearl of sobriety has a great price."
LET'S KEEP IT SIMPLE
Leaving us with one last bit of advice whether we are counseling alcoholic/addicts or are recovering ourselves, Robert Hickle states: "There is a tradition in Alcoholics Anonymous that among the last words that Dr. Bob spoke to the other founder ofAA, Bill W., was these: “Let’s not louse this thing up. Let’s keep it simple.” "Whether these words were actually spoken or not, I don’t know. I do know that they sum up a great deal of the wisdom of AA. Let’s keep it simple!"
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How Ethical & Unethical Decisions
Are REALLY Made In Organizations
by Thomas H. Schear, Ph.D.
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KEEPING IT SIMPLE
by Robert C. Hickle
Between 1976 and 1980 Robert C. Hickles wrote a series of five (5) booklets (see below) on the topic of alcoholism. Those booklets have been put into one book and are available both as Kindle books or can be purchased here.
Once we receive word that you've placed your order we will send you your copy in a pdf format. Below are summaries of the booklets and you can access the first 25 pages of the compilation edition by clicking here. Click the Buy Now icon to place your order.
This book is designed to help you assess yourself, those you work with and your organization to determine how ethical/unethical decisions get made. Loaded with several templates and assessment tools this book and be used to understand how it comes to its ethical/unethical outcomes.
There is more involved that codes of ethics and step-by-step decision-making processes, there are psychological, historical and political influences that can tend an organization towards either an ethical or unethical direction. This book helps you examine it all as you see how the individual, their co-workers and the organization all interact with each other leading to the ethical or unethical decision. You can purchase the book at for $7.50.