Memoir chronicles a Seattle author’s journey through alcohol addiction, relapses and recovery
Erica C. Barnett wants readers to know that relapses don’t fail you and that recovery is possible. #newdaynw
With the pandemic came isolation and with isolation came, for some, a greater desire to consume alcohol.
Author and journalist Erica C. Barnett joins New Day NW to talk about her book “Quitting” and the impact of the pandemic on those struggling with or recovering from drug addiction.
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A surprisingly candid memoir of a woman’s struggles with alcoholism and recovery, with essential new perspectives on substance abuse and treatment.
Erica C. Barnett took her first sip of alcohol at the age of thirteen, and she quickly developed a taste for drinking with her friends. In her late twenties, her addiction had become inescapable. Volatile relationships, power cuts and unsuccessful stints in rehab defined her life, with the bottles she hid in her apartment and offices acting both as her tormentors and her closest friends. By her late 30s, Barnett had quit smoking and relapsed again and again, but she was far from being rehabilitated.
“The bottom of the hole,” writes Erica Barnett, “is a lie”.
It is always possible, she learned, to go lower than your lowest point. She discovered the terms other alcoholics used to describe the trajectory of their addiction – “the lowest” and “moment of clarity” – and the mottos touted by Alcoholics Anonymous, such as “let go and let God” – did not correspond to his experience and could in fact be detrimental.
With remarkably courageous and vulnerable writing, Barnett expands her personal story to confront the dire state of drug addiction in America, the rise of alcoholism among American women in the past century, and the lack of rehabilitation options available to drug addicts. . At a time when opioid addiction is a national epidemic and one in twelve Americans suffers from an alcohol abuse disorder, “Quit” is essential reading for our time and ultimately a hopeful story about the world. Barnett’s hard-fought path to sobriety.
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Segment producer Derek Haas. Watch New Day Northwest 11:00 a.m. weekdays on KING 5 and live streaming on KING5.com. Contact the new day.