When writer Barnaby Conrad checked into the Center, he knew that time was running out for him. Now he brings us a riveting personal account of the 30 days that changed - and saved - his life and an intimate look into the secrets of the most famous drug and alcohol treatment center in the world.
©1986 Barnaby Conrad; (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Conrad is a skilled writer, and Christopher Lane conveys the details of his sophisticated professional and social lives, rife with authors, artists, and actors. We hear the humor, pathos, and gradual triumph in Lane's voice as he carries out his sobering journey to good physical and mental health." (AudioFile)
"Tender and powerful!" (Los Angeles Times)
"A glimpse into what life is really like in...the most successful alcohol treatment center in the world." (Library Journal)
This book delves into life at the Betty Ford center and what it means to be in AA. However, sometimes the narration is more like a lecture on alcoholism, as Conrad spends a great deal of time recounting lectures he listened to while at Betty Ford. Sometimes it felt like I was being preached to. I think other memoirs have more entertainment value. This is a good book if you genuinely want to learn about alcoholism and AA, or know someone who is an alcoholic. However, as I was looking to have a more personal experience of AA, I was disappointed. Conrad's style is quite emotionally disconnected, and he glosses over a lot of the experiences that sent him to rehab, focusing more on the 12 steps and such. I kept losing interest and having to rewind. Other memoirs, such as Nikki Stix's or James Frey's, have more entertainment value.
As an ex-wife of an alcoholic, I found that book so honest, detailed, enlightening. My only regret was, because mr Conrad's 2nd wife did enjoy her liquor, one subject was overpassed: how it damages a marriage, when the spouse doesn't drink. Life turns into pure hell, with or without money...
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