Though the gawker in me would have liked more stories and greater detail on the really bad times (because there were certainly more tales to be told) I was satisfied with this read. It was well told and compelling. Does she speak for everyone? Surely not, for she is a famous person of wealth and means. Does that make her story any less interesting? Nope. Did she write it too soon? Perhaps, but that's her choice. She penned this book after multiple rehab trips, and with less length of sobriety than some would think appropriate. If she falls again, perhaps there will be another book (though I don't wish there to be a fall, and I enjoyed this read).
Vargus shares a very raw insight into the challenges that consume those who struggle with addiction & mental illness. Her fight demonstrates the reality of being a work in progress and affirms that becoming healthy may mean one may fall multiple times but no matter how hard it may be you get back up.
Good book giving insight into how the rich can fuck up, too. I think she is great for writing the book. She really did have some hard times there. I would like to meet her sometime, just to give her some praise. This book is an easy read, and I would recommend it to anyone that wants to learn more about alcoholism without going to those depressing meetings.
This is a Fabulous read!!
Grateful for Ms. Vargas' sharing.
Although many reviewers focus almost exclusively on Elizabeth Vargas' tale of addiction and recovery, I found this book particularly helpful for understanding high-functioning anxiety. Ms. Vargas explains very clearly and openly what it is like to outwardly appear to have it all together, while inwardly feel as though any minute someone will realize she doesn't really belong there. Anyone who struggles with anxiety, addiction, or both, will find comfort in this story because it shows that you are not alone. Readers who don't struggle with these particular trials will find value in this book as a way of understanding what it's like for the large segment of the population, undoubtedly including someone close to you, who struggle with high-functioning anxiety or addiction (or both).
I found this book to be very insightful, giving you a glimpse in to the world of a person with an alcohol addiction. Too often do we think of alcoholics as "bums on a park bench" when more often than not that is not the case, with Elizabeth Vargas being a great example of a high functioning alcoholic.
Chances are if you're reading this book you have a problem with alcohol, or know some who does. If you're looking for help in the Durham community Pinewood Center which is part of Lakeridge Health is a great place to start. There is also Renascent in Brooklin, along with many local 12-step meetings in Durham every day of the week.
If you are struggling there is help out there, you just have to reach out and ask for it. Unless you are extremely lucky, you likely can't do it on your own. Fortunately, you don't have to.
This book has little value for the "average" recovering person (such as me) - her financial status allows her to jet off at a moment's notice several times to hugely expensive, lengthy stay treatment centres (author's biggest complaint -one has LINOLEUM! on the floor), paying her nanny to take care of her children. So not the norm particularly for women at the beginning of addiction recovery.
There appears to be no empathy for other struggling alcoholics; she seems still self-centred, blaming others You might enjoy it if you like reading lifestyles of the rich and famous.
I found it shallow.
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