Wow is all I can say, I am grateful I listened to “Broken, My Story of Addiction and Redemption” by William Cope Moyers.
I originally read the cover and thought to myself, this book sounds to heavy, but finally, on a drive to an appointment several hours from home, I began to listen and listen. As Williams’story unfolded, I found myself with a very heavy heart. I kept listening and listening, I found myself thinking, “Ok William” I’m ready for the redemption part, the good news, but it kept not coming.
I finally did make it to where William came to the realization that he could not do it on his own, it was October 8, 1994. William is working on his recovery to this day. I found a video posted on youtube from 2010 where he addressed an audience about addictions at the Library of Congress. He talked about how the world doesn’t recognize addiction like other illnesses and an organization named Faces and Voices of Recovery is one of many getting the word out.
I am thankful I listened to the book as I didn’t realize the harm it does to the support of future addicts when those that recover stay quiet about their recovering. Williams makes a strong case that addictions should be treated just like cancer and other illnesses. I will stop now as I’m not giving this book justice, hope you read or listen to it.
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’ 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.
Author: William Cope Moyers, Author: Katherine Ketcham