3 out of 4 stars
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Ripcord Recovery by T.T. Sawyer is the unique book of its kind in a way that the anecdotal treatise for the bottle addicts has not been written by any doctor or psychotherapist; instead, it has been written by a man who spent almost three decades in fighting with addiction (alcoholism), recovery, relapse, and rehabilitation and turned out a survivor.
Just at the age of 22, the author suffered through the Post-Acute Withdrawals (PAW) that lasted about a year. His twenty-two year of sobriety and then relapsing into the death spiral, and his efforts to rehab himself using his treatment methodologies using Marijuana and Cannabis along with spiritual awakening is a good source of inspiration and recovery for other addicts who still find themselves caught in the relapse death spiral. The author openly shared his fears, rehabilitation methods, the impact of addiction on his family life, and his efforts to maintain his recovery.
The most promising element of this book is the author’s genuineness, honesty, and commitment to make this short book a helping guide for other alcoholics and addicts. He began to use alternative methods (Marijuana and Cannabis) when typical medication stopped working to heal up his shattered body and mind and these opiates like Marijuana (Cannabis) appeared to be the most prizing methods that helped to cure his illness. His strong determination and believe proved to be miraculous for his healing process. Since Marijuana was considered illegal (not approved by FDA), he used only legal methods to buy it from recreational shops. As an addiction counselor, he would participate in the AA community to collaborate with other addicts and find the roadmap for their further recovery.
Every new chapter in the book opens with an interesting drawing that depicts the author’s state of rehabilitation and the overall chapter’s content, and this makes a book a bit more interesting. The disliking element was this that the book mostly based on personal experiences. Even, the author was shied to share the dose of Marijuana he would take for his self-healing (he has his reason for this). However, this way may create doubts in the mind of readers who go for properly researched products. And of course, not every person can apply this same strategy for his addiction symptoms. Thus, the scope of this strategy can be limited.
Furthermore, the book seems to be professionally edited as I found only a few minor mistakes. I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars as it lacks any scientific proof. However, the book would be a source of hope for many addicts who have lost the hope of recovery. Nevertheless, the readers who don’t appreciate personal experiments with opiates should steer clear of it as this book won’t inspire them.
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