Saturday, March 13, 2010

Eric Clapton’s Autobiography is an inspiring book to read

I just finished reading this inspiring book. Eric Clapton has been at the top of his field in the music world for many years but what many people don’t know is just how much his life was affected by his addiction.

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The book starts with Eric’s earliest years. It describes his upbringing and the early influences on his music. His passion and his dedication to music come through very clearly. Of course he was good friends with George Harrison and many other top musicians, so it is interesting to read about that world.

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But then his life starts to become consumed with his use of drugs and alcohol. It starts subtly, as it does for most people, but then gradually gets worse and worse. Initially it was alcohol, but then he developed a severe Heroin problem. He was able to get off Heroin but he just switched to alcohol, as many of our patients do. As his addiction progressed there were more and more negative consequences, especially his profound unhappiness. It reached a point where suicide seemed like a good option.

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Fortunately he had friends who cared for him and helped him get into treatment and begin his recovery. It did take two trips to a treatment program but eventually he got the message and started to live the program.

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The book nicely follows his recovery and what a profound change that has been for him. He has been in recovery for over 20 years now and the personal and spiritual growth have continued. The book shows clearly that he has worked hard for it. One of the nice things in the book are the pictures at the start of each chapter. The pictures show what an amazing transformation has happened - gone are the gaunt pictures of active addiction and by the end there are pictures and stories of a happy family man who has truly come to terms with himself and his place in the world.

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He is still making fantastic music, but now his music is coming from a different - a deeper place. He is an inspiration to us all.

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Dr Coleman

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