Date of review: September 15, 2022
This book is an honest, raw, authentic account of sobriety. The author uses personal anecdotes to describe the ‘hell on earth’ that is addiction, how difficult but how worth it recovery is, as well as the loneliness, anger, and grief involved, compounded by the misunderstanding and shame surrounding the issue of addiction. I appreciated the way she highlighted the different types of addiction, including behavioural addictions, and how these are used to run away from and numb internal feelings of deadness. She writes about the importance of being patient when in recovery – taking everything one moment and one step at a time, how crucial it is to be honest – to oneself and to others – and the difficulties that come about due to the sheer intensity and power of the craving, as well as the omnipresence of alcohol in society. She compares the process of getting sober to growing a new life during pregnancy, and challenges the ‘alcoholic’ label. This is an important read, especially for those struggling with alcohol issues, or for those wanting to understand more about this topic from a personal perspective.
We Are The Luckiest by Laura McKowen is available to purchase on Amazon UK