The Harder They Fall

The Harder They Fall

Celebrities Tell Their Real-life Stories of Addiction and Recovery

Book - 2005
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The heady, drug-induced decades of the sixties and seventies provide the backdrop for this all-star account of addiction and recovery. Comedians Richard Pryor and Richard Lewis, musicians Grace Slick, Dr. John, and Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night), actors Malcolm McDowell and Mariette Hartley, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Franz Wright, writer Anne Lamott, and athletes Doc Ellis and Gerry Cooney are among the many celebrities interviewed for this inside look at what can happen when fame and fortune meet the recklessness and ruin of addiction. While the stories are as unique and vibrant as the individual celebrities who tell them, the irrefutable collective message is that addiction knows no boundaries. The disease strikes and topples even those who are seemingly on top of the world. Still, The Harder They Fall is a book of hope. In this modern-day version of the 1980s New York Times best-seller The Courage to Change, the famous people profiled have climbed out from the devastation of addiction to lead lives of extraordinary accomplishment.
Publisher: Center City, Minn. : Hazelden, c2005.
ISBN: 9781592851560
1592851568
Branch Call Number: YA NF MINDBODY HEALTH MENTAL Stromber
Characteristics: xiii, 331 pages ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Merrill, Jane

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Manfredchensenjen
Feb 06, 2013

I only got this book because "Three Dog Nightmare," by one of the founding members of "Three Dog Night," Chuck Negron, was always bid up to about $100-200 on Ebay. He and his son, Chuckie, were on "Intervention," and Chuckie ended up going to prison because of his heroin addiction.

This book has Chuck Negron's story and many other incredible ones. For instance, this Olympic athlete was in a tractor accident. Then he was on so much medication he fell backwards down the stairs. Then he was on so much medication he was in an auto accident. Then he started photocopying his doctor's prescription pad and forging the doctor's signature and going around to all the Mom 'n' Pop pharmacies and got up to 100s of pain pills a day. He was a fishing guide in Wisconsin, so nobody observed him too closely. His wife said, "We never get to spend time with you," and he said, "Well, my pain meds knock me out," and she replied, "Well, how about we rent some movies some night and you watch them with our son and me?" Then she gave him the two videotapes and asked him to return them on his fishing guide errands, and said, "That was fun. Why don't you pick out two movies and we'll watch them with you?" He returned the videotapes and wandered around the store, trying to figure out what to rent. He says he finally picked out two movies he thought he had heard some good things about, and went home and handed them to his wife. He says she turned pale and exclaimed, "But these are the two we watched last night!"

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