Topic: recovery memoir
She had to relearn truthfulness, a day at a time, much the way the victim of a serious stroke might have to relearn speech.
Nonetheless, years of drinking and drugging and lapsing and relapsing will invariably have an effect on the victim of addiction.
As control erodes, the drinker redoubles efforts to regain it. Some resort to “white-knuckle” abstinence, giving up alcohol for a while, just to prove to themselves or someone else that they can.
And I needed that gift of desperation to allow the rest of the Steps to work in my life, as I worked them.
He burned through more than a few sponsors before settling with an older gentlemen who’d gotten clean and sober following a career as a Baltimore drug thug and a stretch in state prison.
The author’s biggest issue is “himself.” He fought a constant battle for perfection, to show that he was as good as anyone else.