About one-half of the men and women I defend against criminal charges have an alcohol or drug problem. Perhaps one-quarter of the women and men I represent in divorce proceedings have experienced a substance abuse problem in the marriage.
While many people still think of this issue in terms of the passed-out drunk next to the Boston Common theater, or the drug addict who lives on the street, the reality is that many people — of all ages and income levels — have struggled with substance abuse.
Recently, a new book, part memoir, part guide to recovery from this disease, was published. It contains thoughtful insite about the issue for all thos affected: the alcoholic or addict, his or her spouse, parents, siblings and employers. The book is titled “Beautiful Boy” and is a father’s perspective and experience when dealig with his drug addicted son as reviewed in the New York Times.