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Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption Paperback – August 28, 2007
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"A memoir of a terrible disease and one man's spiritual journey through it . . . that should be read by those who have friends or family members caught in addiction."
The Indianapolis Star
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I currently work with five sober high schools in Minnesota for chemically dependent kids in recovery. I have purchased a copy for each of the schools. Last night I was at a parent meeting at one of the schools and recommended it to the parents. I was asked if it was for the parents or the students. It is for both. It could be a wonderful opportunity for students and families to open new avenues of communication and understanding.
The descriptions of the cravings, urges and triggers for relapse are graphic. My only concern is that they might be difficult for a newcomer with fragile sobriety. For all others, this book is a must read. It is particularly valuable for its depiction of spiritual growth and coming to terms with a higher power.
I have never before reviewed a book but the author's call to action made it necessary for me to do so.
William Cope Moyers had everything. A loving family, wealth, talent - you name it. But these advantages paled before his crippling Achilles' heel: himself. Whether it was the pressure to live up to his father's name, some childhood trauma, a nagging sense of insignificance, or a hole inside his soul, William was unable to "cope" with reality. He began using alcohol, moved on to cocaine, and finally forged a twisted love affair with crack. His binges cost him lucrative and prestigious jobs, destroyed his first marriage, and in the end almost killed him. After a number of relapses he finally hit bottom, got sober, and is now working to help other addicts.
At times, reading "Broken" was like watching a slow-motion train wreck. It was heartbreaking to see Mr. Moyers climb out of the gutter, get things "together," and then throw it all away on a crack binge. He left a lot of destruction in his wake, since it took many devastating falls before he forsook pride and dishonesty for sobriety.Read more ›
It was very interesting to hear something of how Hazelden works. I've been ordering books from them for years, and often wondered what their treatment program is like. You give a fascinating insight into that, as well as into your own mindset as you struggled with the program and recovery.
Thank you for sharing the hope and strength to be had from knowing treatment works and recovery does happen! And that the stigma that often stifles people's efforts to get help is sometimes even worse than the disease itself. You are a tremendous beacon in the darkness here. You have turned your liabilities into assets and married them to the wonderful gift of communication and writing that you already had. We are all beneficiaries.
The honesty and hope that your book offers is so needed in these dark times!
Shelagh Cosgrove, Columbus, Ohio
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best books on addiction I've ever read. William Cope Moyers is a beacon of hope for those of us who suffer from addiction. Read morePublished 5 days ago by kacey lee
It was a bit boring at times. And some of his pints were redundant.Published 8 days ago by Carla P Ceron
Heart breaking story but provides tremendous insight to someone who has a loved one suffering from addictionPublished 18 days ago by DDV
A good read although I skimmed through a couple parts. There is alot of detail here. The naiveté of some individuals, especially his first wife is astounding, but represents... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I was like, "Just beat it, man." That goes to the man in the mirror.Published 1 month ago by Laurence Rapp
Addiction affects 2out of every 3 of us. We all need to understand the disease of addiction. Well written and helpful.Published 1 month ago by D. Wessels
I read this about 8 years ago. I have passed it around for families who are struggling. I need this book back once again for myself. Well written and captivating.Published 2 months ago by P. Kelly
A must for anyone dealing with addiction themselves or someone they love and care aboutPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Broken is a beautifully written book that will inspire any reader. It deals with the heavy subject of addiction. However, it was written in a very poetic way. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer