Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Resource Review: GET UP: A 12-STEP GUIDE FOR MISFITS, FREAKS, & WEIRDO’S BY Bucky Sinister

I spoke with a patient the other day. He was a younger guy in his mid-20’s. Struggling with addiction, he had come to the Coleman Institute for Naltrexone Implant Therapy hoping to gain back his life from heroin abuse. After his detox, I shared a book with him that I thought would help him greatly. He immediately took interest in it noting that he could relate to the author and his story. It is an unconventional book but then again addictive behavior is unconventional. The book is entitled Get Up: A 12-Step Guide to Recovery for Misfits, Freaks, and Weirdo’s by Bucky Sinister. Mr. Sinister, if I may call him that, is a recovering alcoholic who put the alcohol in alcoholic. He was a late night bar closing drinker and drug-user who almost lost his battle with these substances. However, he got into 12 Step Meetings and things started to change. He hasn’t taken a drug or a drink in 7 years!

Get Up is a no-holds barred look at the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. The book is not for the faint of heart. Without giving really gory details, Sinister is honest, thought-provoking, and sometimes even profane. Yes, profane. He is a self-proclaimed cynic, freak, weirdo, and misfit. He uses salty language and he doesn’t pull any punches. But more than the language, he is real. That is what recovering addicts need from addiction professionals and other support people. They need people who are real that will walk with them through their storm of withdrawal, sobriety, and recovery.

The book speaks with authority, verve, and clarity on the 12 Steps using hipster lingo for the kids. If you are an addiction professional or a support person to an addict in their 20’s to 30’s, I highly recommend this book. Where it offends, it enlightens and where it ruffles feathers, it smoothes them down with the truth. You can learn more about the author at

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