Goodbye Hangovers, Hello Life: Self-Help for Women


Jean Kirkpatrick, Ph.D.

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New Life Program founder Dr. Jean Kirkpatrick shares how she achieved a lasting and happy sobriety. A sociologist by training, Dr. Kirkpatrick explores the factors unique to women with Substance Use Disorders and how these can be addressed in a holistic approach to recovery. Women are encouraged to release themselves from the bonds of their pasts in order to build toward a great future, including building emotional strength, self-esteem, and a positive approach to a New Life.

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Originally published in 1986.

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Weight 0.82 oz
Dimensions 8.25 × 5.6 × .54 in


  1. Steph

    The majority of this book talks about sobriety and recovery using the WFS philosophy.  Different chapters discuss “The Big Decision” (to quit drinking), “Understanding Your Depression”, “Battling and Overcoming Guilt”, “Fear and Worry, Those Nasty Negatives”, “Loneliness”, “The Big Three-Letter Word:  Sex”, “Who Will Take Care of Me?”, “Taking Care of Number One”, “Self-Esteem”, “Six Keys to a Lifetime of Recovery”, and “Mind Control for Life Control”.  In this book, Jean goes into detail about the program of recovery that she found that worked for her and that is now the WFS “New Life” Program.

    The first chapter is Jean’s drinking and search for recovery and the appendix contains interviews with three other women recovering using the WFS program.  Goodbye Hangovers, Hello Life:  Self-Help for Women, or GHHL as it is usually called, is a book I return to again and again.  My particular favorite part of the book is the “Six Keys to a Lifetime of Recovery” where Jean discusses in detail the ideas behind Statements #2, #4, #5, #7, #8, and #9 in detail.  Although I had been sober for years before finding WFS – and had gained some control over my “monkey mind” – it was this chapter in this book that finally got me seriously working on taking control of my mind and believing that I could create the quality of my life by changing my thoughts. In other words, this chapter and the practical application of the ideas in it has changed my life and made my recovery one of positive anticipation instead of fearful self-flagellation (not that all of my recovery before WFS was this bad – but I had a tendency towards beating myself up with guilt and self-recrimination).  In particular, learning how to drop the guilt load has made a huge difference in my recovery.

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