From the Introduction:
This book is for the alcoholic who is beginning to come to terms with his problem. It contains no generalities behind which you can hide, no Pollyanna solutions that will let you believe that you can sidestep the tough times ahead. Instead, you will have the principles that worked for me in spite of any predisposition for, inclination toward, and background of alcoholism I might have had.
In my search, I found many ideas that worked and many that did not. I was helped by some and hurt by others. Hopefully, my experiences as an alcoholic who has been sober for more than 18 years and as a counselor of alcoholics will be detailed clearly enough to help you. Within this small book are some of the ideas and the methods that helped me to experience and to deal with sobriety. Learning to live with sobriety — the quality of being sober — takes a firm decision, serious determination, continual practice, and perseverance, because we alcoholics take great care to avoid that state, often for years.
A lucid, practical, and profoundly simple book! Things That Work offers some very sensitive and thought-provoking answers and commentary to the question, "What does it take to find and remain on the journey of recovery?" Anyone who seriously asks this question owes himself or herself the short time it takes to read this book and the longer time for reflection. Recovery is obtainable.
— Dennis O. Romero, MA
Deputy Director, Alcoholism Council of New York
Also take a look at Reflections along the Way for more help following the path of sobriety.