Substance-Abusing High Achievers:
Addiction As an Equal Opportunity Destroyer

Abraham J. Twerski


Drug addiction has cost the lives and productivity of many thousands of highly successful men and women. The mistaken belief that one cannot be addicted because she is successful rests in the myth that addicts are poor, homeless, and/or irresponsible people. Nothing could be further from the truth. Many addicts are rich, living in the best of neighborhoods and juggling massive responsibilities. It is their success that often creates the biggest obstacles to their recovery. Unfortunately, many die from their addictions surrounded by family, under the care of the best physicians, in one of the nation's expensive hospitals. High achievers who believe that success ought to make them immune from addiction will be able to identify with the actual examples Dr. Twerski introduces from his lifetime of work in counseling alcoholics.

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