This book is a remarkable, open and honest account of a lifetime struggle for recovery. Dale has provided his peers and all those who seek sobriety a glimpse into the pathway toward recovery. It is interesting and confirming for someone who has known Dale for many years to be able to recognize many of the events he so courageously discloses. Dale’s truth is here. His task remains to be completed but, as the saying puts it, “to be on the journey is to be halfway home.”
R. Brian Murray M.Div., MFT, RP
President, Humanitas EAP Inc.
It was a privilege to read this book – full disclosure, I was fortunate that Dale was there for me when I started my journey. He emphasizes that on the road to recovery he had to make many changes, faced many challenges. But with a God of his understanding, by working the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and with the fellowship of AA, it was possible for him to create a life filled with serenity and contentment. He is proof that the promises, written about in the Big Book of AA, can come true.
More than a few years ago, I read in an aviation accident publication the guidance that one should learn from the mistakes of others because you will never live long enough to make all of the mistakes on your own. This always struck me as being rather negative in its commentary. I felt there should be some corollary that was more positive in nature. So, my positive take on that original comment would be that one should learn from the wisdom of others, because you will never live long enough to collect all of these experiences on your own.
For me, there is wisdom in these pages.
Capt. David Noble
Human Factors Consultant, ACPA and ALPA Canada
After 45 years in medicine and 20 years directly involved with addiction medicine, I believe My Name Is Dale is a must read for anyone who is dealing with alcoholism or other substance dependence. I would also recommend it to all readers interested in addictive behavior, and suggest it would be a great read for anyone searching for tools to provide a mental and spiritual framework to deal with this often difficult process known as “life.”
Dr. James Coppin MD
Some 29 years ago I made a call to a colleague named Dale A. I was having a serious problem with alcohol and someone had told me about our company EAP program. Knowing nothing about the program, to say I was extremely fearful making this call is a huge understatement. During the call, Dale was able to answer most of my questions as well as put me at ease as much as possible. He invited me to the next Birds of a Feather meeting, where I met him in person. From our very first meeting I somehow felt connected to this man, I listened to what he had to say, and although I wasn’t able to comprehend everything he said at the time, he was making a lot of sense! After that initial meeting I had the privilege of flying with Dale on many occasions. Not only were they enjoyable flights, but they also afforded us the opportunity for many in-depth and enlightened conversations about AA and recovery.
Dale’s book on his life story is a wonderful read, his honesty and integrity clearly comes through. His description of his program and the way he works it would benefit anyone who is trying to get sober or stay sober. Thank you for taking the time to write this Dale, it will truly help countless people who are looking for help! I am most proud to call you my friend,