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5.0 out of 5 starsI really enjoyed these memoirs on addiction and recovery.
Reviewed in the United States on October 13, 2020
This is a great book of a real person’s life story of addiction and eventual recovery. Life lessons, relatable circumstances, and humor sprinkled throughout. It’s a great read!
Hungry Tigers is one of those books you pick up and are glued to it until you are forced to put it down. In these pages you will experience real life lessons, from the whimsical and wacky antics of an addict to the tears of tragedy brought on by years of drug addiction. I'm absolutely amazed that a person who was this messed up, wrote a book this good.
This revealing book pulls the veil off the ugly face of addiction and then stares at you with honesty and humor. The author leaves the "messy" parts in.... and that is part of what makes this book whole. Bravo Mr. Swoboda... I wish you well in your recovery.
Hungry Tigers was like listening directly to my friend Gary! He writes like he speaks. I loved the humor even in the most sobering moments. The down-to-earth detail was horrifying to me, who has never done any hard drugs. The lying and cheating to the medical staff was not new to me, but the frequency of how and why they did it was amazing. I have been an administrator of a large HMO alcohol and drug program and I know that we decreased the number of ER visits tremendously when we made Methadone something that the HMO paid for and convinced many of our clients to forego heroin for it.
This is worth reading and getting some of the people you know who are addicts to read it. It clearly outlines the recovery process and how long and arduous the journey to being drug free. Thank you Gary for writing such a revealing and heart felt book. I appreciated it immensely.
Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2011
SYNOPSIS FROM THE BACK COVER:
HUNGRY TIGERS is a sometimes tragic, often humorous, but always forthright depiction of the author's years of addiction and the recovery that saved his life. From experimentation with drugs in the late sixties to a series of shock treatments in a psych ward in the early seventies, the author openly relates the fears, anxieties and depression that led him there. Finding no relief through accepted medical means, he embarks on a lengthy journey of alcohol and drug abuse, culminating in an addiction to heroin that shatters any lingering illusions of a functional existence. There is light at the end of the tunnel, however, as this seemingly hopeless addict finds sobriety at a time when some heartbreakingly close to him find only devastation.
BIO FROM BACK COVER:
Gary Swoboda was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and continues to reside in the area with his wife, Judy. He's been involved with treatment programs in hospitals and prisons for a number of years, sharing his experience and hope regarding recovery from addiction.