( ) This is a powerful book. It sheds more light on how lonely and isolating addiction is, even though it’s usually one’s social influences that aid in someone developing the disease.
Smith was surrounded by drinking while growing up, as well as in her adult years. She also had a “predisposition”. This develops into full-blown alcoholism, and soon a coke problem too. She becomes a successful lawyer but this doesn’t quell her substance abuse.
Smith cleverly intertwines comedy when telling her story. She didn’t have to hit rock bottom to know she finally needed help – she just came to a realization after experiencing many panic attacks and health issues due to her lifestyle. This is a solid memoir.