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Playing It Straight: Personal Conversation on Recovery Transformation and Success [Paperback]

Dodd David


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Book Description

April 3 1996
In this groundbreaking work, rock-n-roll writer and critic David Dodd presents some of the most powerful interviews with musicians, entertainers and athletes you will ever read. Shared here in their own words--and in many cases for the first time--are tales of life away from the spotlight and the glamour, of real people fighting the pain and desperation caused by addiction. Their candid descriptions of life before and after recovery--and their even greater achievements since becoming clean and sober--will leave an indelible impression on you. In chapters dealing with the different stages of personal transformation, those interviewed are able to share with you their unique experiences. The individuals included here pull no punches: they talk honestly and directly about battling addiction and playing it straight.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 249 pages
  • Publisher: HCI (April 3 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155874388X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558743885
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.5 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 449 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,295,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

a rock-n-roll writer and a critic

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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  4 reviews
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book! June 1 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I was attracted to the many well-known names listed on the cover, but once I began reading the book, I was overwhelmed with its passion and solutions. David Dodd has done a remarkable job which is reflected in this collection of interviews. My favorite part, however, is the introduction to the book, where the author tells his personal story on how he became sober with the help of Steven Tyler. His vivid description of the events were astonishing to me, they were absolutely incredible. This is a wonderful book!
5.0 out of 5 stars A very positive and helpful book Sept. 29 2011
By Joe Guimond - Published on Amazon.com
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I had heard that this was a good book and I definitely was not dissapointed. Reading about how others in the media deal with their addiction gave me courage, strength and hope that I can grow in my quest for a long spiritual and sober life. I highly reccommend it!Playing It Straight: Personal Conversations on Recovery, Transformation and Success
5.0 out of 5 stars recovery help for creative types March 5 2013
By Monte D. Carden - Published on Amazon.com
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Helpful words from people who communicate for a living and are creative while doing it. Would recommend it to addicts & alkies.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring true stories of recovery Jan. 28 2001
By middlemoo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
David Dodd has assembled a wide variety of stories to inspire and encourage addicted people to get clean. I was impressed that Twelve Step groups were NOT the focus of every tale, and that the one constant was that each individual made a PERSONAL CHOICE to forego their addiction and live sober. For all the help some people get from 12-Step groups, there are many who don't "relate" to the religiousity. But this book shows that recovery is still possible and worthwhile. The fact that most of these tales are told by celebrities and artists we KNOW only increases their value. Plus, it's nice to know that my gut feeling about Steven Tyler is "on the money" - he truly IS a mensch!!

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