From the Edge of the Cliff: Understanding the Two Phases of Recovery and Becoming the Person You're Meant To Be" is a well-written book that provides those recovering from drug and/or alcohol abuse with practical lessons on how to understand and successfully navigate the two-phases of recovery from drug and/or alcohol addiction. However, it is also a remarkably touching, real-life story of someone who has used these same lessons to maintain 28 years of successful recovery. In "From the Edge of the Cliff", Dawn Obrecht, M.D., candidly, yet thoughtfully, shares how she was able to escape the destructive and hurtful world of drug and alcohol addiction by facing the reality of the disease, understanding the recovery process and finding a deep, personal relationship with God. It is rare to find in one book the combination of an instructive, addiction recovery resource and an unfettered look into the world of the "addict next door." Just as Dr. Obrecht found the courage and support needed to surface from 20 years of addiction with her professional skills and caring spirit intact - she has found a way, in this book, to not only help the addict but to also entertainingly enlighten family members, non-addicts and other physicians on the importance of their role in also understanding the recovery process.