This story walks the sword edge of truth between the needless glorification of alcoholism and simplistic platitudes about getting clean. The author's drinking didn't wreck his life in the conventional sense. He's one of those people with enough brainpower that he can subsist on a cocktail of drugs and alcohol and still get straight A's in school and hold down a job. By the same token, quitting drinking didn't land him in a blissful existence full of love, acceptance, and beauty. Rather, this book reads like a journey through the proverbial tunnel to the light at the end, except the light isn't the kind that warms you up and makes the world look glorious (he tells the reader what drug to take if you want to see that one), but rather the kind that illuminates life as it is, with all its shabbiness and drudgery, its disappointments, hard choices, and all-around frustrations. Most importantly, it faces head-on the fact that once you give up one obsession, life will still ask you, ""So what now?"" and while the answers might come more automatically with practice, they will never get easier.
"" I highly suggest this for anyone who might like a look inside the psyche of an addict and/or person with depression. "" -Reader