Recovery from addiction never looked as appealing as it does in this volume by a recovered alcoholic.
Palmer, in his debut self-help manual, touches on the lives of many people who have been affected by addiction. Addicts often create broad swaths of misery and destruction in their own lives and those of their loved ones. The author set out to write a book to help them all understand the nature of recovery in vivid detail. Throughout, Palmer describes a variety of programs across the country suited to a multitude of different lifestyles: from everyday people to suicidal junkies, addicted prison inmates and public figures. A significant amount of advice centers on religious devotion as a component of recovery, but secular readers will still find tremendous hope here. Even those long recovered will identify with these intimate stories of those still in the thrall of alcohol or drugs. Palmer posits that addiction’s nefarious influence reaches far more people than society admits and asserts that successful recovery must be part of a larger family and community effort. This is made easier since “we now understand that addiction is a chronic disease necessitating a lifetime of change” and that recovery programs offer what may be the best strategy for coping. The author’s own story serves as a framework as he discusses the intriguing histories of organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon, and it blends perfectly with the other compelling stories sprinkled throughout. Even though the laborious descriptions of specific recovery facilities become monotonous, they may serve as a reference for those seeking a place to belong. In his mission to celebrate recovery, Palmer succeeds on almost every level.
Part memoir, part reference guide, this detailed, intimate collection highlights the rich support network available for recovering addicts.