“There are many books on recovery but every now and again a book is published that best captures what it takes to recover from addiction. Dr. McGee has done just that. I have been in the field for over four decades and I must say I learned a lot from reading his book and you will too. Get this book and add it to your recovery library. I am certain it will become one of your favorites.”
Allen Berger, Ph.D.
Clinical Director, The Institute of Optimal Recovery and Emotional Sobriety
Author of 12 Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery and 12 Smart Things to do When the Booze and Drugs are Gone.
“This is a comprehensive, but very readable book, written by an expert clinician, and it certainly tells general readers what one needs to know to move toward recovery from addiction. Both people in need of such help and their family members will find it to be a valuable resource. I highly recommend it!”
Marc Galanter, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
NYU School of Medicine
Author of What Is Alcoholics Anonymous?, Spirituality and the Healthy Mind,
and The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Substance Abuse Treatment.
“In this book Dr. McGee briefly sets out the facts of addiction—the self-deceit, harm, and self-absorption, and the unrelenting toll it takes on those who succumb. Even as he describes the devastating consequences of addiction, he just as much, early and powerfully, conveys the immense prospect of hope with treatment and recovery. The problem with addiction is that it hurtles a person into an abyss of despair and self-destruction; the gift of recovery re-confers hope, self-respect, and repair. And better still, it stirs a process of transformation and growth, often beyond our wildest dreams. Dr. McGee, in this compelling book, shows us the way, step by step, how and why this is so.”
Edward J. Khantzian, MD
Professor of Psychiatry, Part-Time
Harvard Medical School
Past President, the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
“The joy of recovery is an important and often missing piece in addiction treatment. Recovery is about building a life that is just too good to give up. The healing power of Love runs through this book like a golden thread.”
William R. Miller, PhD
Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry
The University of New Mexico
Author of Motivational Interviewing: How People Change (With Stephen Rollnick),
and Loving Kindness: Realizing and Practicing Your True Self
“Whether you are immersed in 12-step mutual help groups or not, you’ll appreciate the wisdom and practical guidance of Dr. McGee’s 12 Touchstones of Recovery. Addiction is no easy illness and nor is recovery smooth sailing. But Mike makes recovery accessible to all who want to know the what, why, how, where, and when of recovery—joyful recovery. Whether addiction has impacted you or your loved ones, or whether your work is to attract them into treatment and recovery, The Joy of Recovery is a hopeful companion to the recovery journey.”
David Mee-Lee, MD
Senior Vice President of The Change Companies and Train for Change
Co-founder of the Institute for Wellness Education
Author of The ASAM Criteria: Treatment Criteria for Addictive, Substance-Related, and Co-Occurring Conditions
“This book gives a wonderful and much needed approach to the treatment of addiction. It emphasizes the concept that addiction is a bio-psycho-social-spiritual disorder of the brain that requires a bio-psycho-social-spiritual solution. The unique approach of using the Touchstones of Recovery enables patients to incorporate various portions of each Touchstone into their personal recovery program. I highly recommend this book to patients, their families, and professionals. The Joy of Recovery gives a new perspective in treating an old disease. This book can turn today’s failures into tomorrow’s miracles.”
John Harsany, Jr. MD (DFSAM)
Riverside County Substance Abuse Program
Dept. of Mental Health
Sage Retreat (Hemet Valley Recovery)
California Medical Board of Registered Nursing
Addiction Medicine Consultant Diversion Division
Profession of Addiction Medicine
School of Medicine
University of California—Riverside, California
“Dr. McGee demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of addiction and the necessary steps for recovery in his easy-to-read book, The Joy of Recovery. Dr. McGee teaches methods for skillful living through his Touchstone approach. This approach breaks down the individual life skills that one needs to develop to achieve real and lasting recovery. Dr. McGee expertly blends science and spirituality to explain the complexities of addiction and offers the homework necessary to achieve the inner peace required for a life without addiction. This book is a must read for patients in recovery, their families, and their providers.”
Ken Starr, MD ABAM
Addiction Medicine Physician
Founder of the Wellness Group
“The Joy of Recovery emphasizes the bio-psycho-social-spiritual aspects of addiction and offers a unique approach using the Touchstones of Recovery to help those who want to recover and prevent relapse. Dr. McGee provides a positive philosophy that is both accessible and useful.”
Stephen M. Melemis, MD, PhD, FRSM
Author of I Want to Change My Life: How to Overcome Anxiety, Depression, and Addiction
“At last a self-help book that really works. Anyone who reads and applies these teachings can get clean and stay sober.”
Edward Kaufman, M.D.
Founding president of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and current medical director of Northbound Treatment Services
The “Joy of Recovery” is a wonderful addition to the available lexicon of materials that are designed to help people follow a recovery path, that not only leads to abstinence, but leads to a life filled with joy and meaning. Dr. McGee provides a very practical approach that translates his extensive experience into “tools and tips” for the reader, at every step along the path. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to those individuals suffering with addiction who are seeking an informed and helpful companion on their journey of hope.
Kenneth Minkoff, MD
Senior System Consultant, ZiaPartners, Inc.
Part-time Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
369B Third Street #223
San Rafael, CA 94901
“I had relapsed before I was introduced to Dr. McGee and the Touchstones of Recovery. I needed more than the fellowship that 12-step programs provide. The Joy of Recovery is the next evolutionary step in addiction recovery. This book expands on tried and true methods using 21st-century thinking and practices to make living in recovery a joyful experience.” –DN
“The Joy of Recovery is a must read for anyone dealing with the hardships of addiction, whether it’s for yourself or someone you love. The Touchstones of Recovery, along with Dr. McGee’s mental and spiritual fortitude, have given me the strength and encouragement to overcome many obstacles in my life. The Touchstones can be a guide to help change your life forever. They have showed me how to get the most out of my recovery and have changed me into the person I have always wanted to be.” –ST
“There actually is joy in recovery. Addiction is such an insidious disease. This book is awesome on so many levels. The ideas of the 12 Touchstones are brilliant. It is easy to read and informative. It teaches how to heal without addicting, how to stay sober with all of life’s difficulties. The Joy of Recovery is such a perfect title. Dr. McGee’s book is special to me because it is another tool for my recovery. I’ve been given a new life that I love. I entered recovery with Dr. McGee in February 2016. I’ve been clean and sober for over a year. Working hard on my recovery with Dr. McGee has left me feeling awesome every day. I was beaten all the way down, with pain and fear . . . OMG fear. Dr. McGee was so comforting and compassionate. He really cares. Thank you, Dr. McGee.” –DR
“I have suffered from addiction and an overwhelming ungrounded and unfounded fear which caused me to addict throughout my life. Years into my recovery journey with years of continuous sobriety, I was still full of fear and struggled with the Healing Touchstone of recovery. I began suffering from panic attacks that were debilitating, but Dr. McGee and his process, his treatment, and his 12 Touchstones of Recovery (in conjunction with working a program of recovery through a 12-step program) enabled me to overcome my irrational fears and not only to survive in recovery but to thrive. As I continue to persevere, I know that I will utilize the various aspects of the 12 Touchstones of Recovery to continue to grow and work toward achieving my goals of self-fulfillment, making peace with my fear, deepening my spiritual connection with my Higher Power, being a good mother, employee, and a woman of dignity and honor. Recovery, for me, was impossible alone; I needed help from others in recovery, professionals, and tools of recovery. My life has completely transformed and it will continue to transform with God’s grace, the support of others in recovery, and the use of the tools I have gathered including the 12 Touchstones of Recovery. I recommend this book to all of those who addict and anyone looking for a guide to help you walk through your journey of recovery.” –BD
“Dr. McGee’s The Joy of Recovery readily articulates the nuts and bolts of why we addict, how we can rectify negative behaviors/habits, and balance a fruitful life of recovery. The 12 Touchstones of Recovery are a great reference tool for the curious, newly sober, and grizzled veterans alike to find and keep on a spiritual path of health, love, and dedication to doing the next right thing. I find myself regularly flipping through The Joy of Recovery not only for situational guidance but for reinforcement as to why I choose to live righteously on a daily basis. Simply put, this book is another tool for anyone who is sick and tired of being sick and tired. Love truly is the answer and that begins with you!” –MI
“Fundamental parts of changing our life’s habits are the Touchstones of Recovery. These Touchstones help those of us who suffer from addiction understand and correct what has brought us to such a destructive lifestyle. Growth, Perseverance, Spirituality, and Love are just some of the Touchstones which are explored in an understanding way. Dr. McGee’s book The Joy of Recovery is not just for the victim of addiction but also for anyone wishing to understand oneself and become happier.” –KY
“This book truly is a display of Dr. McGee’s positive philosophy. I have been a patient of Dr. McGee for over a decade; I see him as someone in charge of a lighthouse—a ‘beacon’ for those of us caught in the destructive storm of addiction. His inspiring guidance has motivated me to achieve a life of balance and integrity. Throughout the book (and his practice), he offers us wisdom without judgment or ridicule. I am truly lucky to have found Dr. McGee and have him by my side, holding my hand, going through the recovery process together. Today, I am alive, I am happy, and I can honestly say it’s the way in which he approaches treatment.” –HC
“Dr. McGee saved my life and made me have purpose again. I abused substances to deal with my life problems and slipped into a life I was not proud of. Dr. McGee gave me back my life. I will be forever grateful for his wisdom and caring.” –FM
When I first met Dr. McGee I had hit rock bottom. I was a full-blown opioid addict. I left that first meeting with a feeling that if I listened to Dr. McGee, I had a chance to get my life back. He gave me the tools to do just that thru his wisdom, caring and experience. It has been a long time since that first meeting. I have gained back the love and trust of those around me. Quite simply, Dr. McGee and his program saved my life. I would not be the man I am today with out his help and guidance. We live in a world infested with addiction. Dr. McGee and his program is a way to conquer and cope with this deadly disease. He has my eternal respect and thanks.” – J.S.
Where do I start… Dr. McGee is a very patient man. He listens, has empathy, and overall is a great doctor. He’s also a no nonsense doctor, and if you are looking for help there is no better choice. If you choose to adhere to your treatment plan you will only get the best care from this guy, he has helped me in more ways than I can put into words. I’m a better me because of him, and I am so grateful for that.” – J.G.
I have been a patient of Dr. McGee for over eight years and it has truly been a life changing experience. I have learned skills and tactics that brought my life and career to new heights in addition to aiding to my recovery. Unlike doctors that I have seen in the past, Dr. McGee genuinely cares about me as a person. Whether my appointment is in person or over FaceTime, his aura projects warmth and caring that prompts me to share my most intimate thoughts. In addition to helping me live clean for 7 straight years, Dr. McGee convinced me that I could complete my law degree while working full time and I am now 18 month away from completing the degree. I am wholly grateful and indebted to Dr. McGee and will continue to see him for as long as he will have me as a patient.” – M.V.
I have been in treatment with Dr. McGee for just about 2 years for opiate dependency. Just wanted to say his treatment is top notch and he has been a huge influence in my life in so many ways. Thanks!” – S.A.
I’ve been seeing dr. McGee for over five years now. I can honestly say that making that first appointment with him was one of the best decisions I have ever made. My life went from a total disaster to one of stability and contentment. I am quite sure that Dr. McGee truly cares how I am doing and has been there whenever there were any bumps in the road. I would recommend him for anyone who wants to get their life back together. Thanks Dr. McGee.” – C.P.
I’ve been a patient of Dr. Michael McGee for some time now, I’m a recovering heroin addict ex convict, I’ve been clean for some time now with the help of Suboxone and the guidance and words of wisdom from Dr. Mcgee . He is very knowledgeable in the world of addiction. With out him and this program I don’t know what my life would be like at this time. I’m a 37 year old man married with two beautiful daughters I have a decent job I show up to everyday and I provide for my family. I feel now that I’m clean I’m a great father, husband ,son, friend. Thank you for helping make me a better man Dr. Mcgee.” – B.P.
I have been a patient of Dr. McGee for over 5 years and he has become my most trusted physician. I started seeing him at the lowest point of my life when I was close to loosing everything that was important to me. He has helped me fight through several mental health issues and shows the perfect amount of compassion but also works to hold you accountable. There is no way that I could have experienced the type of recovery I have without his help. I would happily recommend him to anyone.” – F.P.
I am writing on behalf of Dr. Michael McGee. I started seeing Dr. McGee in March of 2014. I was having problems with prescription pain medicine and realized it was affecting my life. From the beginning Dr. McGee gave me great advice and put me in contact with a therapist to get me to face my problems. He has become not only my doctor but someone that I know who cares about my recovery. It has been over 21 mos. and things are going great. I would recommend him to a family member as well as any friend who needs help. I hope this testimonial will help someone who really wants it. THANK YOU” – J.G.
I have been with Dr. McGee for some time now. He has been very helpful in my recovery process. He will make you feel comfortable with whatever struggles you may have faced. He truly cares about your mental as well as physical health. He has helped me to become a better version of myself.” – E.K.
I have been seeing Dr. McGee for over 10 years now, not straight through but my first meeting with him was when I was 21 years old. I was young, scared, and in serious trouble. Dr. McGee was extremely understanding and easy to talk to. I was able to wean down off the Suboxone within a year and a half or so. However, like a lot of addicts, I relapsed. I went through many years of hell before calling Dr. McGee because I was probably just not serious about stopping. When I had finally had enough, McGee did not hesitate to take me back. It has now been about 4 years and I still working with him. Dr. McGee is a great doctor and I am lucky to have him in my corner. He encourages me and helps me through any problems that I am having. I am clean and sober and happy! I owe a lot to Dr. McGee, He has helped me through the toughest times of my life and I am so grateful.” – A.D.
Dr. McGee helped me in a time when I needed it greatly. His wisdom and advice have given me strength in my daily life. I appreciate how professional and friendly his approach as a doctor is. I couldn’t be happier with the care that he’s provided for me.” – J.L.
Wanting to let you know that I’m still dope free and have given up the cocaine. Feeling 100 times better about myself than I did 2 years ago, thanks to your help with me recovery.” – C
I want to thank you for what you have helped my son! He is happy and survived his 1st semester at Berklee. He is in a stable relationship, he and his girlfriend are going to NYC from Dec. 30-Jan.3 for concerts. He is laughing and social with people.” – L.Z.
I have been very thankful with the treatment Dr. McGee has given me. Even when I had a bad slip up Dr. McGee gave me my life back. He is one of the most caring and empathetic doctors I have ever known.” – J.K.
Dr McGee has helped me quite a bit and has been one of the most caring doctors I have visited for dealing with my addiction. He takes the time to listen and speak with me, much more than any other psychiatrist I have visited. He also gives valuable advice for many different situations or issues I may be having. I have been with him for several years now and would recommend Dr McGee to anyone who is struggling with addiction.”
I’ve been a patient of Dr. McGee’s for about 7 years now. I have nothing but positive remarks for his services. He’s always been quick to respond when I’ve needed anything whether it’s been completing an insurance prior authorization or a letter of recommendation. I would highly recommend him for anyone in need of his services.” – Dylan
Dr. McGee helped me to get the confidence I needed to regain control of my life. Working with him has helped to keep me honest and humble.” – M.T.
I have been in therapy for twenty years, but with only two doctors. For a little under fifteen years, Dr. McGee has prepared and allowed me mentally to have hope; to have patience; to accept what we cannot control; to correct what we can. His sympathetic ear and amazing empathy, with some tough love, have truly made me a happier and nicer person. I never want to stop my journey up the ladder of mental calm, personal discovery, and truth.” – T.S.