I love anything that has to do with addiction. I have a personal connection to addiction and have been studying substance abuse in college since 2007 (and yes, I am fully aware that addiction does not necessarily mean substance addiction).
I was thrilled when I was provided the opportunity to review Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting by Robert Boich.
From Robert Boich’s website:
Making a resolution to address an alcohol or substance abuse issue is only the beginning. The real work begins when the alcoholic or addict acknowledges that something has to be done. In Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting! author Robert Boich details his battle with substance abuse and his decision to lead a sober lifestyle. He realized if he didn’t change his life, he would be incarcerated or die all alone.
In this compelling, personal narrative, Boich shares his personal struggles and insights encountered during his first six months of recovery. A counselor once told him, “An addict only has to change one thing: everything.” Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting! describes the many changes Boich made in his life. More than just eliminating certain people and places from a daily routine, he illustrates how a successful recovery requires a brand-new approach in dealing with life.
Blending personal thoughts with helpful information, Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting! discusses the ideas and tools used in an addict’s early recovery. It shows that sobriety is much more than mere abstinence and that alcohol and drug use is a sign of deep personal problems that only true sobriety can address.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I like that it was written from the addicts hand, from his perspective. He was honest too. He didn’t sugar coat things. What’s best, is that a lot of what he wrote related to life in general – not just life of an addict. I was marking pages left and right to come back and make note of because the things he said made sense. As I was reading it, things just clicked. He made sense. He was speaking truth and I (someone who is not an addict) could completely relate his story to my life.
I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. You don’t need to understand addiction. You don’t even need to care about addiction. What got him through to where he is, are things that you can relate to normal every day life.
I will continue to read this book and re-read this book and take in what he says because they are token things you should never forget!