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With steely determination - not only would she save herself, she would save Steve - Monica leads them into a harsh rehab clinic, then through a year-long methadone program. When they emerge Monica was truly free. Never again would she even take a drink of alcohol.
Steve not so much. Again Monica fights, this time to save the man she loves from certain death. In doing so, she confronts and overcomes the layers of personal denial and self-deception that plague us all, but addicts more than most. Her dogged persistence stays with her even as her story rushes to its inevitable end. She credits her determination to the three principles of Amity, the rehab program that put her on the road to recovery - never lie, always run your story (meaning be open about your past), and help others.
I recommend this book to anyone who has ever suffered from addiction or had their lives and families torn apart by someone else who did. Even those who haven't will find their heart touched by this compelling story. It will engage you from start to finish.
The man concerned, Steve, clearly exercised a considerable emotional hold over the author, in addition to the financial considerations. To the outsider, he seems to be the kind of person best avoided at all costs: promiscuous, prone to violent mood swings, thoroughly unreliable, irresponsible and selfish. There seem to be some mitigating factors: Steve is described as severely dyslexic, which can have a devastating effect on young people in the educational system when not properly diagnosed while there is another mention of the use of shock treatment at the age of 15 after the loss of a girlfriend. There is also the family issue - well, his parents are not portrayed as the best in the world but they seem to have failed if anything at being too willing to cover up the mistakes their son has made and giving him too much money.Read more ›
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Raw, real and quite the page-turner. I fell in love with Steve and Monica, and was completely invested in their struggles and successes. I highly recommend this book. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Kimberly Menard
A great memoir, I couldn't do anything after I started reading this book except finish it. It is non stop drama all real . Read morePublished 19 days ago by Luckylexi
An interesting tale of addiction and recovery. It gives new perspective on the life of an addict.Published 1 month ago by Charles Mankin
And yet another book about addiction... The opening chapter was an attempt to engage the reader in Fyre's "Million Little Pieces" style..It went downhill from there. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JAG/Beach
Awesome, should be a required read, for anyone in addiction.... Its shows pure strength and just exactly how to overcome and move on ...... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
A different side of addiction. Not too often is an addiction based book about the privileged ones.
This book is sad but uplifting. Read more
I liked the detail about life as a white heroin addict operating in a Black drug subculture. This is one of those amazing stories that are too managing to be fiction. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gary J.
I love your story Monica :)
It is very interesting and well written! I can not wait for a next book!!!!!!!