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      Putting Recovery On The Map

      07-11-13 | By

      “Things I Learned in Rehab” – A Review


      As a recovering addict, I am always intrigued when another addict writes a story or book about his or her experiences. Stacy Brandt’s “Things I Learned in Rehab” came highly recommended and I was excited to check it out (I was even more excited by the three dollar price tag). I went into it expecting something I would at least be able to kind of relate to, what I found was something that personally affected me.

      This 20-paged, easy to read, e-reader only short story is extremely humorous without being so funny that it takes away from the seriousness of addiction. Of all the great qualities about this piece, that is my favorite. Brandt can have her audience in stitches with her vulgarities and sardonic style, but she wraps it up by reminding the reader that addiction is a devastating, destructive force. She shares this all with a courageous voice. A voice of one who has known pain but refuses to let it get the best of her, something that any recovering addict can relate to and be inspired by.

      With 60 days clean, Brandt listed the things she picked up on while she was within the walls of a facility. They are mostly sarcastic, lighthearted things such as, “Addiction is a cruel world. Either you can’t shit or you can’t stop shitting.” However she also has more serious points like “don’t make friends.” As such the story has something for everyone. From people who have been in rehab multiple times to those who haven’t been at all, “Things I Learned in Rehab” is accessible and enjoyable for every kind of reader.
      Overall rating: 10/10

      Her short story can be purchased and enjoyed at the following link:

      ~Cassie R


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