WHY DO I GET HIGH, $5.95, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 30 pgs.

Nov 20, 2023

This is essential reading. If you aren’t an addict, you have an addict in your life. I’ve been surrounded by addicts throughout my life, and I’m at a point now where I’m worried I’m one too. I was straight edge up until age forty, but then I figured, hey I’m a responsible adult with my act together, I can drink. Of course, my drinking immediately led to bad stuff (not-my-fault bad stuff, but bad stuff that wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t been drunk). Then the PTSD from that made me want to drink more. I don’t drink a lot. Maybe once a week or so, but it’s getting more troubling. I went to see my favorite band out of town recently and I drank so much I barely remember it. Maybe that’s okay and I did have fun, but it makes me worry. Ultimately, I think the best thing I can do is maintain my self-awareness about it. This book helps addicts—and perhaps just as importantly the people who interact with addicts—understand the why behind addiction so they can be self-aware. The author explains that understanding why people get addicted is a crucial step in recovery. That makes sense to me. He breaks down various theories of why and encourages the addict to think about which ones may be most relevant in their life, and to examine their own personal why to help recognize paths forward. The author also posits all this as an alternative to traditional recovery programs that are reliant on religion. Without knocking religion, the author puts the power in the reader rather than a higher power, which strikes me as empowering even if one does believe in god or whatever. –Emma Alice Johnson (microcosmpublishing.com)

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