Tuesday, January 10, 2006

A Million Little Pieces of Bullshit













There is nothing more disgusting or lower, in my book, than dreaming up a fake drug addict alcoholic recovery story. Then pandering it into a best selling book while claiming all along it’s a real life rags, crack head criminal to riches, recovered whole human being autobiography. All just so you can make money apparently?

Now this! The publishing world's developing scandal of the year concerning the NYT best selling blockbuster book “A Million Little Pieces” by author James Frey. Seems that The Smoking Gun website while trying to get a mug shot of the author, was having trouble finding much of anything near the criminal record that Mr. Frey claimed for himself in his book. The writer claimed to be a suicidal, super badass, coke snorting, crack head, criminal, prison hard ass in his book, who subsequently goes straight and lives to tell about it. The book is sort of a “bottom this” tale of whoa followed by redemption by the simple realization that he been morally “weak”.

What happens if some addicted or alcoholic person out there has been inspired to try to get sober based on Mr. Frey’s book, and now finds out it's all just bad bullshit fiction? Will they follow through? The TSG revelations, if true, will certainly reinforce the bullshit quotient stereotype with every rehabilitation cynic from here to Timbuktu.

For Christ sake, people are dying out here, and alcoholics and addicts really need to be told the truth if they are to have any chance of recovery, not more self-grandiosity intellectual psychobabble bull crap. Being a liar is one of the things normal people always seem to claim drug addicts and alcoholics are synonymous with being all about. This is true; at least for the un-recovered ones I’ve known. In fact one of the biggest maladies of addiction and alcoholism, and the lowlifes it ensnares, is consistently being able to separate truth from the delusion.

But what’s worse then conning Oprah Winfrey into turning the goddamn book into a best seller by making it one of her book club selection. “Like nothing you've ever read before”, says Oprah. We all know that most of the women that watch Oprah are wound a little too tight anyway and they have limited real life experiences to compare to reality, other then that filtered through the chief “go girl” herself. But if Oprah says your book a dandy then you’re suddenly a best selling author.

Apparently most of the story of the miraculous turnaround is fabricated, according to The Smoking Gun. Who seem to have done their homework here before going forward with the story at their website, since they are under threat of legal action by the author’s attorneys for publishing their revelations about the "real" Mr. Frey.

The worst part maybe that Mr. Frey has been transformed to the level of recovery guru status by the mind boggling success of the book and Oprah's lavish praise. This has lead to calls from substance abusing admirers asking for help. He apparently rejects the concepts of 12-step recovery for a personally developed program he calls “holding on”. TSG adds:

Frey's reported post-Hazelden recovery was unorthodox, hinging on his ability to continually surmount temptation, thanks to a superhuman will that helped him avoid using at the same time he was purposely placing himself in situations where alcohol and drugs were prevalent. For those struggling with substance abuse, Frey is a shiny, relapse-free success story, a man who beat formidable odds with steely resolve.

Well I hope he's holding on to his ass, because someone ought to give it a swift kick. Superhuman will my ass!

If TSG revelations that most of his experiences, claimed in A Million Little Pieces, are patiently false, it should be asked what the hell does Frey really know about recovery, and why would anyone believe anything he says about it or anything else for that matter?

2 comments:

  1. Dear Mr. Frey,

    I take exception to your summarily dismissing and pooh-poohing the negative revelations about your book. There is nothing much lower, in my book, than dreaming up a fake drug addict alcoholic recovery story. Especially when you then pandering it into a best selling book while claiming all along it’s all true.

    This should of been marked fiction from the get go.

    You claim to be a suicidal, super badass, coke snorting, crack head, criminal, prison hard ass in his book, who subsequently goes straight and lives to tell about it. Followed by redemption by the simple realization that you must “hang on”.

    What happens if some addicted or alcoholic person out here who has been inspired to try to get sober based on YOUR concepts, and now finds out it's all lies? Will they follow through? Addicts or alcoholics are always looking for an excuse NOT to get sober. They really need to be told the truth, especially if we expect it from them in return, and if they are to have any chance of recovery.

    They don’t need more self centered, confusing and distorted psychobabble.

    Being a liar is one of the things normal people always seem to claim drug addicts and alcoholics are all about. In fact one of the biggest maladies to overcome with addiction and alcoholism, once you remove the drug, is having the addicted or alcoholic person consistently be able to separate truth from the delusional life they have probably been leading. In my experience as a recovered alcoholic, going on 18 years, this is what I have experienced and now believe. The completion of a 12-step program can bring this about, and the success rates within 12 step programs where members ACTUALLY COMPLETE the step process is high.

    The worst part maybe is that you have been transformed to the level of recovery guru status by the mind-boggling success of the book. You reject 12 step programs and by doing so probably misdirect the possible recovery process of thousands of potential abusers who need a REAL program of recovery not your self interested and compromised conjectures.

    This has apparently led to substance abusing admirers asking you to help them. Just hold on you say? Are you aware that this inability to choose not to use, at certain times, is one of the main characteristics that differentiates real substance abusers from normal people. Their entire experience is that they cannot stop when using will power alone.

    I doubt you really know what a 12-step recover program really entails. I doubt you hung around long enough. Now you somehow are an expert, rejecting 12 step approaches and recommending that others do the same. Telling people just to hang on. Sounds a lot like “just say no”. Which is another big lie that’s already been fed to addicts or alcoholics by ignorant do-gooders and self help posers.

    One of the concepts of 12 step groups is that most substance abusers "can’t stop and stay stopped", and admitting this hopeless state is the starting point, and a big part of the 1st Step. This is one of the basic tenets that Doctor Bob Smith and Bill Wilson, the founders of AA, built the 1st step on when they were formulating the program. Holding on is more of a concept for NORMAL people, not real addicts or alcoholics. If people want to stop on will power they just stop. Real abusers literally cannot stop. That is exactly the problem. Telling people they have a choice, when they may not have, is dangerous. Something that is difficult to understand if you’ve never actually experienced it.

    Holding on is truly laughable to many 12 steppers who have REALLY been through the ringer, not embellishing about some fictitious bravado life style in a book to apparently inflate their ego.

    12 step programs successes rarely are made public because it is against our traditions to talk about them in public. So we are not suppose to run around the country acting like we speak for 12 step groups because we went to a meeting when we were in treatment once.

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