Author: Bucky Sinister
Genre: Self-help, recovery, nonfiction
Topical Arc: Models of recovery
Copyright Date: 2008
Cover: The author leans against a brick wall, staring at us and basically looking like a tough guy.
First Line: "This is a recovery book written by a guy who never thought he'd read one all the way through."
Best part: It's easy to read, hard to put down.
Worst part: No alternatives to the twelve steps are mentioned. (Note: the author was sweet enough to send me a message about my review and said that at this time he doesn't feel he knows enough about other programs to speak to them.)
Recommended for: This book would be especially good for folks who've "been down so long it feels like up," as they say in the old song. But anyone that is uncomfortable with "one size fits all" approaches to recovery and needs some new ideas will find it refreshing.
Related Reads: Dharma Punx by Noah Levine, Sober for Good by Ann Fletcher.
"My advice to you is simple: Get up. You're not going to get any better lying there like that. I know, it hurts, but you have to get up and walk it off. Get up. No one is going to help you. Get up. You have a whole life to live." p 40
If you have a problem with alcohol or another substance, but think AA might be a cult, and definitely is not for people who are cool, hip, or edgy, this is the book for you. Sinister speaks as one who has been there. He is funny, blunt, and to-the-point. He talks about his own experiences and the experiences of people he knows, and he also has a lot of good advice. Figure out what you want from life. Find your inner A-Team. Find a support community.
My only real problem with this book as a book is that Sinister does not even mention recovery alternatives to AA, like Rational Recovery and Women for Sobriety. He talks about AA and he says that it is very difficult, maybe even impossible to stay sober on your own. I agree with this, but the thing about AA that I find the most frustrating is that it pretends to be the only game in town when it's not.
Still, if you have a hard-living playboy of a friend who is too cool to get sober, this is the book to give them, and it provides an entertaining perspective on a different way to view recovery. B+.