Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud, author event with journalist Scott Stevens
by Cindy McManus


The author of the newest book on the disease of alcoholism, relapse and recovery will appear at Boswell Book Company, March 11, from 7-9 p.m. Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud: Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety will be presented by author Scott Stevens.

The book explains the difference between alcohol abuse and the disease of alcoholism and delves into the reasons for drinkers returning to drinking. Many, including the families and friends of alcoholics, wonder why anyone would return to the misery. Twenty-one million are affected by the disease, and another 171 million live with or around someone with alcoholism.

Stevens’ second book offers explanation why anyone would drink again after sobriety and is geared toward the drinker and his family alike. His book is a breath-taking, emotional and well-documented journey along what happens during the relapse process, answering questions as to what happens in the drinker. Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud details a biochemical root of relapse discovered by research in late 2012, four key stressors drinkers experience in recovery and three success factors in escaping relapse.

The book has earned a FIVE star, “Must Read,” review on amazon.com and an international audience. Stevens is featured as an indie author at the L.A. Times Book Festival, one of the nation’s largest book expositions.

The local author is eager for the Boswell Book Company opportunity. “This is home. When community can come together to learn, to try to understand, or to express their frustrations, who can lose as long as we are having the dialogue? It helps slam down the stigma. That benefits everyone.”

The latest book details the journey from sobriety back to drinking from his own dark and emotional vantage, but puts it in perspective at the end to show why everyone should care if sobriety sticks. Each year $220 billion is spent on alcohol use disorders in the U.S., even when stunning research reveals that two-thirds is preventable. The book reads like a novel, except it rigorously cites recent discoveries in the care and treatment of alcohol use disorders, driving home the need to mix emotion and innovation.

Many popular alcohologists on the air or on the bookshelves have stellar credentials, but few have had to eat their own cooking. Stevens went through 18 months of 86-proof, two-liters-a-day drinking, plus a crushing relapse, to deliver his newest offering to help other men and women avoid the obstacles to sobriety he and others missed.

Stevens is a journalist from Burlington, Wis. with a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois and former mutual fund executive who resides in the Milwaukee area. Boswell Book Company is the leading independent bookseller in Milwaukee, at 2559 North Downer Ave.