Addiction is a tough thing to write about and even more tough to make light of. Few people have been brave enough to try to venture into the uncharted territory of finding the funny within drunken escapades and even fewer people have succeeded without disrespecting sobriety or recovery. When Tig Notaro did her bit about breast cancer, the way she brought humor to grief-filled experiences was revolutionary, and now the addiction recovery world has a claim to the same fame with comedian and writer Amber Tozer’s new book, Sober Stick Figure.
The book was released in May of this year and was well-received.
According to The Fix, Paste Magazine said, “It might be the funniest book about alcoholism.” Bustle.com named it one of “21 Best Nonfiction Books of Summer 2016.” Rex Huppke of the Chicago Tribune said, “Everyone comes away with something: a desire to confront issues you’ve been ignoring; a willingness to embrace your quirks; and above all, a sense of what authenticity really means.”
Though I am not in recovery, I was surrounded by addiction most of my life. As an adult child of alcoholism, I resonated so much with this book and it was thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end. It felt like listening to a good friend. Here, I’ve put together a collection of my favorite and most inspirational quotes on sobriety and recovery from the book. I hope you enjoy!
Have you read Sober Stick Figure? What were your favorite parts? I’d love to hear what you thought about it in the comments below or you can join the conversation on the Recovery Addiction Services Facebook page.
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