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All of us know someone who succumbed to drug or alcohol addiction some make it back alive down and following up on his own initial account of his descent into his own personal hell my next guest Christopher Kennedy law offered.
Packers versus some of the actor Peter law offered in decades younger sister Patricia.
Packers are welcome in his new book.
Moments of clarity which is a collection of personal stories from the front lines of addiction and recovery he tells the stories of other people they tell it in their own words Packers for welcome you've been sober since 86 right.
Yeah twenty years is it's still a daily.
-- -- That yeah that's an evil thing guy you know -- that this thing about a moment of clarity is.
It it is a our currency your life at that remove some thing you know I had a daily obsession that that vanquished me for seventeen years.
And something happened on February 17 1986 -- moved up from my life I don't I don't consider that anything short but miraculously.
As they look at -- moment that you -- It is it is this is what -- young called -- psychic changed moment or.
A moment of clarity spiritual epiphany whatever you would call it these are not the purview of just alcoholic and actually the purview.
Of all human beings addicts and alcoholics have to pay attention to them because our lives depend that you compared to let the person -- born again suddenly realizing something.
But -- the -- -- -- on the fifth of all the fifth of all yes you can you could describe it that way I I would hesitate to achieve the words born again although often I think.
That I had two different lives I mean I've been -- lashed out.
That I'd -- that one life that was wasteful and and and not appreciated another life has been useful and and and full of all sorts of miraculous stuff so this book moments of clarity is is a book of you know 44 people some of whom are very famous some of whom are not.
Who have similar experience.
We've got Alec Baldwin's story Richard Dreyfuss suite Judy blue eyes Judy Collins dear friend.
Jamie Lee Curtis Patrick Kennedy your cousin.
What makes people want to tell stories that are many ways a revelation of the worst about themselves.
Really -- it's not really the worst I did not want to do a book about what it was like when you were using drugs and alcohol one really wanted to keep focused on.
This psychic changed moment on this.
A pivotal moment that that transform somebody's life.
Unfortunately you know we have to contextualize sometimes that people do pay attention to the more sensational aspects of this kind of think but.
People in this book told these stories because they care desperately about this issue this is the biggest public health issue.
Facing this country 26 million Americans.
Suffer from some kind of substance abuse disorder less than 10% get any kind of treatment we have a new president we have a new commitment to health care.
We need as as and in terms of mental help to make sure that that is that the that is at the table when we when we revive our health care so you know my brother -- You know we always used to say.
That once a junkie always a junkie because in our experience once a guy a -- fell off the wagon and went down that -- Even though they silver from time to time they could never be trusted again.
I mean I should think that about Robert Downey junior and Mickey Rourke two great guys that though we've met over the years.
And and yet they seem to have salvaged everything about their lives this for.
-- that this is actually driving the the idea that somebody who has an illness.
On mental illness is is doomed it to -- that -- until this forever is is is.
Is -- running book is normally found the right moment took Larry have had a time to think a great break -- the forget who offered.
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