Oscar- and Grammy-winning songwriter Paul Williams is an alcoholic. Successful screenwriter and author Tracey Jackson is not.

Together, these two close friends have written GRATITUDE AND TRUST: Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life (Blue Rider Press / September 2014), applying the principles of the recovery movement to help countless individuals who are not addicts yet seek effective help with their difficulties — credit card debt, anger issues, a victim mentality — and pain. Williams and Jackson have designed a new, positive program, based on Six Affirmations of Personal Freedom, to guide you toward conquering your vices, addressing personal dysfunction, and starting to brighten the darkest moods, to find contentment and happiness.

Williams, the multi-award-winning songwriter, actor, and performer, has embraced a traditional alcoholism recovery plan for more than two decades of sobriety. Jackson, a well-known TV and film writer—and veteran of many years of traditional therapy—though never an alcohol or drug abuser, has struggled with other negative behaviors to numb her pain such as men, cigarettes, and over-spending. Jackson realized that many of the tenets of Williams’s program could apply to her and in GRATITUDE AND TRUST, the authors answer the questions: What happens to those who face vexing problems yet are not full-blown addicts? Are there any lessons to be learned from the foundational and time-tested principles of the recovery movement?

Whether you’re tethered to your phone or you use food for comfort; whether you’re a perfectionist and can’t let things go or are too afraid to fail to even try; whether you can only find intimacy online or you’ve been involved in a string of nasty relationships—the first step toward feeling better about yourself and your life is the realization that you are what’s standing in your way. Williams and Jackson’s Six Affirmations of Personal Freedom include:

  • Something Needs to Change, and it’s Probably Me
  • I Don’t Know How to Do This But Something Inside Me Does
  • I Will Learn From My Mistakes and Not Defend Them
  • I Will Make Right the Wrongs I’ve Done Wherever Possible
  • I Will Examine My Behavior on a Daily Basis
  • I will live in Love and Service. Gratitude and Trust.

Together these affirmations make up a set of tools to break bad habits by recognizing the behavior and replacing it with a healthy routine. A routine that, if followed with consistency, will become your new way of life.

PAUL WILLIAMS is an Oscar-, Grammy-, and Golden Globe-winning Hall of Fame songwriter (“Rainbow Connection,” “Evergreen,” and “We’ve Only Just Begun”) and President of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). He is a major public force in the recovery movement, a graduate of UCLA’s Drug and Alcohol Counseling Certification Program, and has served as a member of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Board of Directors. He was a founding board member and counselor for the Musicians Assistance Program (MAP), now the treatment wing of MusiCares. He has been a passionate public advocate for the recovery movement for the past twenty-four years.

TRACEY JACKSON wrote the films “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” “The Guru,” and “The Other End of the Line,” among others. She has also written twelve TV pilots, and created the series “Babes” for Fox TV. Tracey wrote, directed, and starred in the controversial documentary “Lucky Ducks,” which can be seen on Amazon, Journeyman Docs, and pay for view. Her first book, Between a Rock and Hot Place: Why Fifty is Not the New Thirty, came out in 2011 and was optioned for a TV movie by Lifetime. Tracey blogs on traceyjacksononline.com, and has blogged for Huffington Post, WOWOWOW, Society for Drug Free America, Tiny Buddha, and various other sites.  She runs GratitudeandTrust.com with Paul Williams.