Smacked, Hooked & Crashed!

Melinda Ferguson is not a lady who does things by halves – as perhaps you can tell by the title of her three books.  As the title would imply “Smacked” is the story of Melinda’s downward spiral into addiction as she became hooked on heroin and crack cocaine – losing her children, marriage and career on the way.  With heartbreaking honesty she takes us on a long and painful journey to her “rock bottom” and finally  into Recovery.  Her next book “Hooked” takes us through her post addiction addictions as she manages to stay clean.  They range from Oprah, to 12 step meetings, to men and to Facebook.  In a world that focusses too much on Addiction and not enough on Recovery Melinda shows us just what it takes to come back from the brink and to stay clean.  Her new book is called “Crashed” and begins with a car crash.  Melinda being Melinda we are not talking about pranging the family BMW here – Melinda managed to write off a brand new Ferrari!  Superbly written as ever Melinda navigates her way out of a cul-de-sac of trauma, scandal, betrayal and near financial ruin.  The book is launched at Cavendish on 27th October and at Cafe Issi on 3rd November when WorldWithoutWine has been promised an exclusive interview – email me at janet@worldwithoutwine with any questions for Melinda.

Sober buddy Charles sent me this quote:-

“It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested. But when it is wasted in heedless luxury and spent on no good activity, we are forced at last by death’s final constraint to realize that it has passed away before we knew it was passing. So it is: we are not given a short life but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it… Life is long if you know how to use it.”

Wise words written by Seneca (Roman Philosopher 4AD – 65BC) over 2000 years ago

Charles also announced we needed a “boy perspective” on worldwithoutwine so check out “Recovery Rocks” section for the story of a young guy in his twenties who has just completed a year without booze – well done to him – I have another seven months to go until my first Soberversary – what a party I will have!

One of the constant dilemmas us Soberistas have to cope with is “What the F*** do you drink if you don’t drink?” – well I have discovered @kombucha – not only is it delicious but it appears to be good for you – check out Features for “7 reasons to drink Kombucha every day” – wonder if they would like to sponsor worldwithoutwine?


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