Top positive review
Good recovery story regardless of any controversy about authenticity of this book
on April 25, 2016
This book was a difficult read, parts of it horrific and extremely poignant. Told in a unique way, as it's happening and what the writer is thinking every moment, all the crazy thoughts that go through his head in real time. I kept having to go away from the book and coming back to it when I could as it was so heavy. Overall I thought it was very good, definitely worth reading. Some of the book seemed deliberately over the top and unbelievable, maybe some characters added in rehab to make it more salacious than would be in real life. Even if half of it was real and accurate it would still be a meaningful book. The notion that while a lot of people suffering from alcohol or drug addiction find attending meetings for continued sobriety a great help, I also understand the main characters opinion that meetings are depressing and are not part of his religious beliefs. I loved the fact that he challenged the idea of addiction being a disease which thereby gives the addict an excuse of it not being really their fault or their choice, that they can't help themselves. It was drilled home again and again in this book and I do agree with this premise in the sense that if people excuse it and take no personal responsibility for their own actions, behaviors and choices then they are likely to be in denial and the cycle to continue. It's a cop out to just put it all on a disease. There is choice involved and also it's a chronic problem. Taking one view 100% over the other in my opinion is not the answer. No-one is cookie cutter, one size fits all, one solution for all, we are all different and what works for one person wouldn't work for another. Everyone has to find their own way and if that means telling yourself there is a higher power out there, god, yourself, meetings or whatever works, that's the main thing as long as it works for you. A blinkered view of the situation only creates more problems that it solves, gaining self-awareness and help in whatever form that works for you is the right decision.