Dead Drunk

Dead Drunk

by Gil VanWagner

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Buddy's story. He is going through recovery....working the 12 Steps that have saved so many......only he is doing it over twenty years after he died. A message of hope that crosses time and space for addicts in all shapes and sizes....and those that love them.

It began as another story. Tom Van Wagner's story of 40 years of sobriety and the cost of the disease that is alcoholism. A story to be written by his nephew, Gil Van Wagner. The tale began there and stalled when Tom decided that it might be too much sharing....might be too hard to show all the work and the pain. Gil honored his Uncle's wishes when Tom changed his mind.

Somehow the story continued. Gil felt his own Dad, Tom's brother Buddy, walking beside him as had been the case when the story first began. Buddy guided him and helped him understand Tom. Then Tom decided to stop the process......yet Buddy remained. Gil liked his ghostly company on the morning walks but wondered why. Why? Why did Buddy remain? Why did he still show himself? Why did Recovery still link the dead father and the writer son?

Then Gil noticed Buddy was smoking. Why would you smoke in the afterlife? Because you could? Because it couldn't harm your body anymore? Why would someone hang on to a vice? Why would they hang on to a lesser choice? Gil wondered what other things Buddy carried over from this world.

It was then he knew. This was not supposed to be Tom's story of recovery. It was to be Buddy's. So Gil let Buddy begin what he did not do in life.......he let Buddy go to AA.

This is that story. Tom and Gil thought it was about Tom. Buddy just needed to get his own son's he could finally begin the path to day at time....years after he died.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940032965695
Publisher: Gil VanWagner
Publication date: 12/31/2011
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 342,960
File size: 347 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

I have been lots of things and am lots of things. My core is slave to writing, healing, sharing, believing, doing, including, and dancing in joy. Know me through my I learn me through my deeds. Welcome. Born and raised in New Jersey, twenty-eight years traveling the world in the USAF, ten years in corporate America, several years running my own business, and ended up in Utah. Now I write, share, life coach, and do whatever feels right to be a self-sufficient global citizen.

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Dead Drunk 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Raw, real and relevent. This is a story of one alcoholic's journey through the 12 steps of recovery. Finding, feeling, and forgiving. Powerful. High-powerful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book and could not stop... So full of meaning and hope. You experience the addiction with Buddy, an alcoholic who has been dead 29 years, as he finally has the courage to take that first step. It is only by dying that Buddy finally has the chance to live. Excellent book! Don't miss the author's note at the end of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read if you are, or know an alcoholic or addict....A very real and poignant read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brillantly written, Dead Drunk is a poignant story about a man who admits and accepts that he is an alcoholic long after he is dead. As he works his way through AA's 12- Step Program Buddy becomes accountable and atones his actions. I loved this book!
jabberjabber More than 1 year ago
I'm not even 100 pages into this book and feel like it's my son's story and thankfully he's still alive! But, believe me, this has got to be his unknown story to us.. It's giving me not only chills, but that raw gut-churning and a sad heavy-hearted feeling that I get every time I hear that he didn't make it to work after a weekend. Thank you for this wonderful informative book that will help thousands of families understand what their "Drunk" is thinking and going through. It definitely will help my daugher & I understand my son's actions and words when he seems "at a loss to explain it to us" We realize only He can help himself, but we're both standing strong to support him. Too bad this book isn't available in hard or soft cover additions, I'd purchase three copies of it, hands-down.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
12 step programs do work (if you work it)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved it