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Loving the Present

Sufism, Mindfulness, & Recovery from Addiction & Mental Illness

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The crisis of addiction in the world is severe, declared a public health emergency in 2017 and increasing in severity— the United States witnessed the number of deaths from overdoses exceeding 100,000 in a twelve-month period for the first time between April 2020 and April 2021.

Loving the Present is one woman’s story of how she overcame mental illness and addiction, including helpful tips, spiritual tools, and personal and professional insights designed to make the path to recovery easier for those seeking freedom. Combining insights from Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, and other wisdom traditions with the practical spirituality of the Twelve Steps, she describes how to navigate the dual disorders of mental illness and addiction and focuses on mindfulness as a primary tool in the journey of recovery.

Offered in the hopes of helping people to combat the terrible effects of dual disorders, Loving the Present is a timely addition to the recovery literature available to the public.

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Praise for Loving the Present

“An intimate portrait of what mental health and substance-use recovery can look like by someone who has experienced this process firsthand and come out on the other side. Sarah Huxtable Mohr’s odyssey . . . will be of interest to individuals who wish to take seriously the spiritual dimension in their treatment even when modern Western psychology negates the sacred foundations of psychology, or the ‘science of the soul,’ as it is recognized across the diverse cultures.”
Samuel Bendeck Sotillos, author of Dismantling Freud

“Loving the Present is a beautifully written and highly relatable book that blends spirituality and the principles of recovery with the joy of being in the now. Sarah Huxtable Mohr enlightens us with her storytelling and reminds us that being in the present can help us overcome the biggest life challenges, including addiction. It’s a must-read for anyone interested in the healing arts!”
Kim Peter Norman, MD, UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

“Loving the Present is a gift to every survivor out there, a sojourn of the soul. Suffused with ancient wisdom and enriched by learnings of many faiths. Every word dipped in pain, narrating a tale of triumph and of overcoming odds. Sarah is a warrior and champion for many lost souls; I am humbled and grateful to be part of her journey!”
Farha Abbasi, Director, Muslim Mental Health Consortium, Michigan State University

”Sarah utilizes her personal life lessons as her main source of information for finding connections between the world religions and philosophies. Her words move the reader through a variety of experiences both earthly and heavenly while displaying courage in exposing her own foibles and missteps so the reader may benefit through her life’s lessons to enhance their own spiritual journey.”
Yassir Chadly, Shaykh, and Associate Professor, The Graduate Theological Union

“Many people and their families are suffering and seeking a way through the painful effects of mental illness and addiction. Sarah shares diverse spiritual and practical tools to overcome the challenges of this dual disorder. Her work recognizes that mental illness and addictions affect people of diverse backgrounds in various ways, therefore multifaceted approaches are needed. Many thanks to Sarah for sharing her personal and professional insights.”
Aneesah Nadir, pioneer in the field of Muslim Mental Health Advocacy

About the Author

Sarah Huxtable Mohr is an independent researcher, licensed clinical social worker, and certified drug and alcohol counselor. She received her bachelor's in religion from Dominican University (2003) and her master's in religion and psychology from the Graduate Theological Union with a certificate in Islamic studies (2009). She is the author of multiple works on psychology in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Muslim Mental Health and the Journal of Islamic Faith and Practice.

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