William Cope Moyers - Broken

Broken sat on my shelf for several years before I finally got around to reading it. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down--not because it's that great, but because it's like a train wreck that is impossible not to watch. I'm not into self-help books, and this is certainly one. Nor am I an addict, and this is aimed at one. If you like self-help books and are looking for help in recovery then you'll probably appreciate what Mr. Moyers has to say much more than I.

I suppose I did get something of an education out of it. I'm not sure if it is an accurate education, but I do have a different perspective on drug and acohol addicts than I did before.

The AA and God stuff just doesn't do it for me. I would be interested in hearing if there are addicts who are not religious. It seemed like every drug user and alcoholic discussed in Broken was also super Christian. That may be an interesting subject or research topic actually. Do religious addicts become substance abuse addicts? Is there an AA for atheists or is something like AA even necessary for atheists? I don't know.

William Moyers uses his father for an awful lot of material in this book. He seems to blame his dad (or at least his father's fame) for some of his behavior, yet he never really shows us that Bill Moyers is anything short of a perfect father. Very strangely, although he thanks countless people near the end of the book, he doesn't thank his parents. He could have at least thanked him for letting him quote from countless letters that Bill Moyers wrote to him.

Despite the shortcomings, I wish William Moyers well. I hope he stays sober this time, and I hope this book is inspirational and helpful to others struggling with addiction recovery.

from the publisher:
William Cope Moyers has come a long, long way. In 1994, he lay on the floor of an Atlanta crack house. His father had put together a search party. His worried family waited at home where Moyers had left them when he embarked on yet another binge. From that lowly, drug-hazed night, Moyers went on to become an executive at the Hazelden Foundation and travels far and wide to talk about addiction and treatment.

Broken tells the story of what happened between then and now—from growing up the privileged son of Bill Moyers to his descent into alcoholism and drug addiction, his numerous stabs at getting clean, his many relapses, and how he managed to survive. Harrowing and wrenching, Broken paints a picture of a man with every advantage who nonetheless found himself spiraling into a dark and life-threatening abyss. But unlike other memoirs of its kind, Broken emerges into the clear light of Moyers’s recovery as he dedicates his life to changing the politics of addiction. Beautifully written with a deep underlying spirituality, this is a missive of hope for the scores of Americans struggling with addiction—and an honest and inspiring account that proves the spiritual insight that we are strongest at the broken places.