Hopeful Healing: Essays on Managing Recovery and Surviving Addiction
Recently I watched James Taylor, world-famous singer/songwriter and recovering drug addict, on television receiving the Presidential Medal of Honor. Soon after, I learned that Carrie Fisher, a recovering addict who stepped forward to speak her truth boldly and creatively, had died. After reading Mackenzie Phillip’s new book, Hopeful Healing, the connections began exploding in my head.
When the drug-ravaged casualties began rising at the end of the 1960s, many brave celebrities chose life and took on the challenge of recovery in the public eye. For the most part, however, in those early decades, the partners and children of those addicted celebrities were collateral damage, lumped together in the pile of things regretted. But, as Bob Dylan said way back then: The times they are a-changin’.
Mackenzie Phillips has not only stepped out from under the shadow of her famous father, she has stepped out from under the shadow of addiction. She found her way to hope and she’s letting anyone who cares to listen know how. The last sentence of her preface made me feel like she had given me a hug. And, a page later she tossed out the pearl that a fully realized self is alive and well under any addiction.
As the daughter of an alcoholic, I know a few things about being collateral damage and about unburying the healthy person who makes life worth living. Mackenzie and I took different routes on our way to hope, but I recognize a fellow traveler who’s seen the real thing and knows it. She delivers what she promises, hope and healing, and she’s found a powerful way to communicate what she’s discovered. At a time when opioid addiction has touched every corner of our country, don’t let your customers pass this one up without giving it a serious look.