Wasted: An Alcoholic Therapist's Fight for Recovery in a by Michael Pond, Maureen Palmer

By Michael Pond, Maureen Palmer

Psychotherapist Michael Pond isn't any stranger to the devastating outcomes of alcoholism. He has helped hundreds and hundreds of individuals overcome their addictions, yet this data didn't hinder his personal near-demise. during this riveting memoir, he recounts how he misplaced his perform, his domestic, and his family—all as a result of his ingesting. After ratings of visits to the ER, a journey of hellish restoration houses, a stint in in depth take care of end-stage alcoholism, and penal complex, Pond devised his personal own plan for restoration. He met Maureen Palmer and jointly they investigated clinical possible choices to the inflexible abstinence doctrine driven via 12-Step programs.

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Between us we catch eleven pretty little perch, all about four to six inches long. They’d taste great fried in butter. If only we had butter. The air is still warm as the shadows lengthen and the sun glints lower now through the shimmering poplar trees. I ache for Mom. She’d fry up those little fish in no time. “Michael, I’m hungry. I’m tired. ” Danette whines. ” Loretta asks. I know what I have to do. “Rog, keep an eye on Loretta and Danette. Don’t let them down by the water. ” As fast as my short legs will carry me, I beeline for the hotel bar.

The Native man is passed out in a chair, oblivious or desensitized or both. I wonder about Mom in the hospital and hope she’s okay. I lie back on the cold floor. I just want to take the kids and go home. I know how to drive. It would be easy. But I just lie there until it’s quiet, other than the incessant snoring of the skinny cowboy who stinks. His arm is around Rog now. I feel like killing somebody. Eventually, I fall asleep. When I wake up, everyone is gone—everyone but Dad. He sits at the little kitchen table.

We are in. Only one thing matters now: where is the damn liquor cabinet? We lay waste to Vicki’s house. We devour every cracker, every box of cereal, every can of tuna. In five days, we consume literally everything in the house. Now we both know we’re in trouble. We have no money. No booze. No food. Dreaded withdrawal, waiting patiently in the wings, pounces. And so the agony begins again. Sobriety slinks in, slow and painful. “Dana, I need to go to the hospital,” I say. ” “I’m not going,” she replies.

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