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By The Healing Project, Charles Beem, Joseph A. Califano Jr.

During this selection of inspirational tales from all walks of lifestyles, the silence shrouding the ailment of alcoholism is damaged. stuffed with unforgettable and informative actual bills by way of the sufferers of alcoholism, their households, and friends, each story is written with remarkable candor approximately how this affliction impacts everyone—and not only the alcoholic—at each point of society, from the 1st drink throughout the demanding situations of attaining a long-lasting recovery. With a comprehensive assets part for these looking present info on remedy and recovery, this is a heartfelt, emotional, and informative quantity that affirms the power of the human spirit.

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RDG: ????? JK56: I smashed 3 car windshields out of sheer rage. From the inside. Just like the Incredible Hulk, kicking and punching them out. I’d drink, and it would just blow the lid right off every leftover frustration from my childhood. RDG: At least you weren’t smashing people. JK56: Nope. And believe me, I know I’m lucky I didn’t break any of those windshields with my head at 70 miles per hour. RDG: Man, I had no idea. What turned you around? I mean, where did the anger go? JK56: Church and family helped defuse it, but it took a while.

Ma’am, we wouldn’t be here,” the detective answers grimly. In the end, my father is no longer an alcoholic. He is a quadriplegic. After leaving our home in the early evening, he went to a local bar and drank for hours straight, then staggered out into the street without looking. He was nearly killed when he was struck by a speeding car. He now lives in a nursing home where he can do nothing but watch television and depend on others for basic things like eating, brushing his teeth or scratching an itch.

But another father lived within him—Daddy Hyde—who caused pain, who would come around out of nowhere and destroy everything. My father’s addiction to alcohol led him down a dark road to becoming Daddy Hyde, a journey he started as a teenager just having fun with his friends and ended as a broken man in a nursing home at age 44. Drink stole many things from him: mobility, livelihood, a normal life. It stole from the rest of us as well—a husband and father, a friend. I cannot recall when I first knew that my father was an alcoholic, or even when I first learned what an alcoholic was.

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