Book Reviews and Testimonials


Recovery Elevator | Stop Drinking, Start Recovering. | Alcohol, Addiction & Life in Sobriety

Host: Paul Churchill

Episode 62: Alcohol is deadly, but these facts won’t keep you sober – Aired 4/18/2016

“In this episode I review The Staying Sober Handbook, by Howard P. Goodman and I would definitely recommend it for some one who is in recovery or as an informational piece if you want to know more about the disease in general.”

“One perk of doing a podcast is authors often ask me to review their book.  My email response to them is that I’d love to, but if I don’t like it, that is what I need to portray.  Fortunately, that is not really the case with “The Staying Sober Handbook, written by Howard P. Goodman…The Staying Sober Handbook is pretty good.  In fact, its real good…This book is broad, its made for all addicts and alcoholics.  I definitely recommend this book.”

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“Congratulation to my friend on a very helpful book on maintaining sobriety!” Greg Hannley,  Executive Producer at Wisdom Entertainment LLC, Owner-Operator at SOBA Recovery Center and CEO at Malibu Films


“I feel wonder and gratitude for your wisdom and expertise. Those who are searching for answers to addiction recovery will find this comprehensive plan the steps to a better life. The Staying Sober Handbook displays a comprehension far beyond education and training and that makes such a difference. Thank you!”

— Joni Wilson


“Howard’s guidance was one of the most important and influential components of my successful recovery after 35 years of heavy drinking, drug use and depression. Howard’s ability to blend strong science, artistic expression and spiritual re-awakening in a positive therapeutic setting is wonderfully life-changing.”

— Leslie Ragan


“Therapy can be an effective tool if you find the right therapist – someone who makes you feel cared for and has experience to help you make changes for the better in your life.  I have found Howard Goodman to be that kind of therapist.  He has given me hope and has inspired me to be the best I can be.  Howard has been my therapist for the past five years and through the course of treatment he has given me the tools I need to fight the challenges I face daily.”

Betty Bowie


“At age 62 I was at my bottom. I looked up and saw Howard holding out a hand. Lucky for me, I grabbed it and held on tight. His amazing skill as a therapist helped me believe I wasn’t “damaged goods”, and that there was life beyond a whiskey bottle. I’m clean and sober today thanks to Howard, and I’ll never forget the things he taught me about life, my worth as a human, and the beauty of a life free of drugs and alcohol.”

Steve J.


“The Staying Sober Handbook is BEAUTIFUL. Really, truly wonderful. Let me know when it’s released, as I’d like to pick up a couple copies for loved ones who would really benefit from it.”

Pam C.



Book review for: The Staying Sober Handbook: A Step-by-step guide to long-term recovery from addiction. by Editor, Strand Line Press

For Immediate Release

The growing epidemic of drug and alcohol addiction is now on the 2016 presidential primary radar.  In a rare instance of bipartisan agreement, the presidential hopefuls are talking about the need for more and better treatment options.  And for good reason.  We are losing 120 Americans a day to the disease of addiction.

Howard P. Goodman, MA, LMFT joins this conversation in his new book, The Staying Sober Handbook.  In the opening chapters he asserts, “there has never been a better time to get sober” and backs up this claim with the latest scientific research in addiction and brain research, best-practice, evidenced-based therapy protocols, case studies, and personal experience working in addiction treatment for the last 10 years.  Howard’s treatment model is based on the premise that addiction is a progressive, chronic brain disorder that is relapsing in nature; a view supported by all major government agencies, (NIH, NIDA, and SAMSHA.) This treatment model holds that while not curable, the symptoms of addiction (using) can be successfully managed with proper treatment and on-going monitoring, much like other chronic medical conditions, like asthma, hyper-tension, and diabetes.

Filled with interesting graphics, illustrations, and exercises, the “Staying Sober” approach teaches addicts how to implement 24 highly effective skills, practices, behaviors, and activities to change from addictive to recovery-based thinking, feelings, and behavior.  Howard’s handbook also includes a Spectrum of Sobriety Checklist; a proprietary system to monitor, manage, and measure an individual’s progress on a daily basis.

Written for a general audience, this book takes the same, skill-building approach to teach family, friends and loved-ones how to support an addict’s recovery without falling back into “co-dependent” patterns of behavior.  Goodman also pulls back the curtain to reveal the challenges today’s mental health professionals face treating addiction and offers valuable information on how they can improve they care they provide people in recovery.

If the 2016 presidential campaign season does nothing else this year, we have been well-served by the way it has raised public consciousness around the growing crisis of addiction and the need for new treatment regimes, like the one articulated in The Staying Sober Handbook.