A powerful alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous This book details an increasingly popular program of recovery for the increasingly large number of people who are uncomfortable with what they perceive to be the religious overtones of Alcoholics Anonymous. A program of individual spiritual empowerment that focuses on the ability to not submit to that first impulsive desire, Empowering Your Sober Self focuses on sobriety, self-help, and secularity (no formal religious affiliations). Most important to this program is the concept of a personal and unique recovery program that may or may not include attending groups. The book includes many illustrative stories, along with exercises and self-tests used in LifeRing training. Martin Nicolaus (Berkeley, CA) is cofounder and principal spokesperson for the burgeoning LifeRing movement, as well as a public-interest attorney.