I recently read the brilliant book on alcoholism “Broken, My Story Of Addiction And Redemption” By William Cope Moyers with Katherine Ketcham.
It has taken me a while to write this review and not because I couldn’t think of enough great words to describe the excellent reading experience I had, but because when I approached William Cope Moyers and asked if I could review his book, I had no idea that aside from his story of addiction and redemption, he is also an accomplished journalist in his field and once worked for CNN, he is also the son of veteran journalist Bill Moyers who served as White House Secretary in the US President Lyndon B Johnson administration. I felt a little under qualified to say the least.
I am an avid reader and I devoured this book in just a few sittings. I realized that both the message and challenge this book delivers is so powerful it has to be shared.
William tells his story memoir style, beginning in his early childhood he describes his young life and a particularly disturbing event. He goes on to detail his descent into addiction which begins during his high school years and continues throughout his adult life.
William’s life story is as interesting as his path of addiction. The fact that William was born into a privileged family makes his story even more interesting. It proves that addiction can happen to anyone.
This is not an average story about someone from a broken home with unsupportive parents who turned to drugs and alcohol then on to crime to feed a bad habit. This is a story about a man who seemingly had it all but who obviously felt the same way most addicts feel, like something was missing, that some part of him was not enough, that he was uncomfortable with his place in life and ultimately that he needed something outside of himself….drugs and alcohol to make him feel better.
William portrays an honest account of how most of the time he fooled the people closest to him into assuming he lived a normal life, yet the reality was that he was spending time in crack houses in the most unflattering of areas with the kind of people society rejects whilst spending enormous amounts of money on his drug habit. Slowly but surely, William’s life unravels as is more often the case when one is inflicted with the disease of addiction.
After a few attempts at recovery, you wonder if William will ever find a place of surrender.
“Broken, My Story Of Addiction And Redemption” by William Cope Moyers with Katherine Ketcham is a truly gripping account of addiction. William’s life story is fascinating and deeply moving. It is inspiring and courageous and will strike a chord with anyone who has been touched by addiction or is suffering from this awful affliction.
Toward the very end of the book, William delivers a challenge to all of us who are recovering from addiction, he asks us to speak up and “To break down the wall of shame, stigma and discrimination that keeps people from finding their paths to recovery, I invite my audiences to take action in their own communities”. He goes on to outline his worthy challenge to us all.
For more information about the book you can visit the website http://www.williammoyers.com/
William Cope Moyers also writes a regular column that I subscribe to and I find extremely valuable, go to this link to sign up:http://www.creators.com/health/william-moyers/parents-weekend.html
Another book by William Cope Moyers is “A New Day, A New Life”. It is in the form of a guided journal and a video. I saw this book in the very early days of my own sobriety and it was how I first became aware of William.
Additional Info: William Moyers is the vice president of foundation relations for Hazelden Foundation.