Beth Burgess


Beth Burgess is therapist, coach, freelance writer, and founder of several specialist services:

ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH: As an alcoholic in recovery, Beth specializes in writing about addiction recovery and all the issues that surround it. Her recovery books include 'The Recovery Formula' and 'The Happy Addict'. She has also contributed two academic chapters to 'Addiction and Choice: Rethinking the relationship'. is a solution-focused service Beth set up to empower people who have suffered setbacks in life to move on and find happiness. As someone who has recovered from addiction, social anxiety disorder, bulimia, self-harm and Borderline Personality Disorder, Beth has an empathy and insight that allows her to reach people in the darkest of places.

WISDOM AND EFFECTIVENESS: After making a complete mess of the first part of her life, Beth set out on a journey to gain insight, so she could become a wiser, better, happier person. By studying and exploring science, spirituality, philosophy, psychology, and sociology, Beth has been able to formulate new ways of thinking, develop her own insights, and transform her life.

Beth wanted to share the wisdom she has learned, so other people could learn to be smarter and make better choices, too. So she set up, a resource to help people use wisdom to improve their lives.

Wiseism has spawned a series of books, including 'Instant Wisdom' and 'How to Create Your Ideal Life'.


On her professional journey as a therapist and her personal journey, too, Beth has learned cutting-edge ways to deal with all sorts of issues from beating stress and mood disorders, to increasing the chances of achieving success, happiness. and fulfillment.

Beth has written articles for The Huffington Post, Tiny Buddha, the Royal Society of the Arts, The Big Issue, New Statesman and various other publications. She regularly writes on topics such as addiction, mental health, and what it takes to live a healthy, happy life.

Beth has also published a mini ebook, 'What is Self Esteem?'

You can always see what Beth is up to at

Smashwords Interview

Why did you write The Recovery Formula?
“I wrote the book because I saw so many addicts going round and round the cycle of treatment and relapse when it isn't necessary if you do things right.

“The problem is, when you go to rehab or treatment, no-one explains addiction or recovery to you. You're taught all these tips and given rules, but you have no understanding of why they're important. Or people try different treatments, never finding the one that works; again, because they aren't taught why certain things work for certain people.

“When I was trying to recover from alcoholism, there was no guide out there, explaining how to get clean and sober in a simple way. I see The Recovery Formula as a much-needed solution to that. It's the book I wish I had had at the start of my own journey.”
What is The Recovery Formula?
“There are certain things that make addiction treatments successful - I have picked out the essential pieces and devised a Formula that anyone can follow to get, and stay, sober.

“The Formula is essentially four things - Get Real, Get Committed, Get Held and Get Replacements. These are the fundamental building blocks of good recovery. The book goes into a lot of detail, with the pitfalls, myths and realities - because it is in the details that most addicts go wrong with recovery.”
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Beth Burgess online

Where to buy in print


The Happy Addict: How to be Happy in Recovery from Alcoholism or Drug Addiction
Price: $8.29 USD. Words: 50,890. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Substance Abuse & Addictions / Alcoholism, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Substance Abuse & Addictions / Drug Dependence
The Happy Addict is the ultimate guide to achieving an amazing life after addiction. No more guilt. No more shame. No more feeling held back by the past or low self-esteem. Finally become what you're really capable of by following the fifteen keys to achieving a successful and happy recovery from addiction.
The Recovery Formula: An Addict's Guide to getting Clean and Sober Forever
Price: $4.80 USD. Words: 20,460. Language: British English. Published: June 28, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Addiction and recovery, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
The Recovery Formula is an essential guide for anyone who is addicted to alcohol or drugs and wants to do something about it. This book will help you to understand your problem, to make decisions about treatment, to avoid relapse and to set yourself up for success from the start. Your recovery starts here.
What Is Self Esteem? How to Build Your Self Esteem and Feel Happy Now
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,260. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
What is self esteem? How is it different from self confidence? How do you create a healthy sense of self esteem? This book will teach you the secrets of self esteem that nobody else shares with you. With practical tools and tasks you can create an unshakeable sense of self esteem that can take you through even the darkest days. So even when your world might be falling apart, you won't be!

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