Unwasted: My Lush Sobriety

Unwasted: My Lush Sobriety

by Sacha Z. Scoblic
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Unwasted 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
RachelKramerBussel More than 1 year ago
It would be almost impossible to tell her story of the first year without alcohol without sharing what alcohol meant in her life, and Scoblic manages to weave the two together beautifully in this moving, sometimes funny, sometimes sobering (pun intended) memoir. She writes about how she relied on alcohol in multiple ways, and that when she took that crutch away, she was left with a lot of assumptions, about 12-step programs, about faith, about relapsing, that she had to reexamine. One of the most crucial parts, one that I related to, was the idea that faith and prayer are not just for believers. She writes about praying even though she doesn't actual believe, or isn't sure that she does, and that is a concept that was utterly new for me. From Unwasted: "I have found moments of prayer, as I snuggle into my white bed in my deep blue bedroom--like a woman floating on her own moon--when I get grateful about the man next to me, my little pooch, my groovy neighborhood, and our good health and lives, in which I can rediscover a sense of adventure about life and I can touch a small and wonder-filled current inside of me." This concept permeates the book. She includes extended fantasies about alternate worlds, from aliens to celebrities, where she might be "required" to drink, and these relapse fantasies, while fantastical, lend an important reality to the book. Scoblic did not simply hop, skip and jump into sobriety. She does not make it sound simple or easy, and doesn't gloss over the challenges of being at a heavy-drinking company retreat or at a party where her old ways can no longer guide her. Toward the end of the book, Scoblic writes, "Until sobriety, the idea that I was someone worthwhile and unique a priori had not occurred to me. And, as I looked toward the blank sober slate before me in the mirror, a thousand discarded personas on the floor, I began to sense that this one last transformation--that is, become myself, which is what everyone tells you to be from the start--was going to be an awful lot of fun. I was going to reinvent myself as me." By the actual end, as she writes about training for a marathon, a lifelong goal, I will admit that I cried. Scoblic does not pretend to have all the answers, but her vision of community, of strength and support, for running and sobriety, is an antidote to the loneliness she explores in the rest of the book, the loneliness and fear that alcohol momentarily removed from her. Her journey in exploring those dark spaces and discovering how to fill the gaps left by alcohol is touching, and should help give insight into alcoholism from a very poignant, personal perspective.
FortheloveofCasper More than 1 year ago
I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that humor goes a long way when dealing with painful emotions, including those stemming from alcoholism. Sacha Scoblic's writing is clever and witty without ever being preachy. I also relate to a previous reviewer who said that prayer and faith are not just for believers. This book is a breath of fresh air, and  the 'Relapse Fantasies' are so funny and creative. I will be re-reading this book whenever I'm in a rut and need to laugh and internally articulate my own feelings about this disease. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a rare book that explains the feelings of being lost when newly sober. I highly recommend it for a newcomer, or pretty much anyone in recovery!
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For anyone in recovery, this book is a great reminder of why you quit. And a reminder now and then is a positive thing! The only part that seemed odd here was the authors occasional drinking fantasies. They did not quite fit with the rest of the text and seemed out of place. but over all, this was a great read and I recommend it to all.
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