New Book Paints Realistic Portrait of One Family's Battle with Alcoholism

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Catherine W. Scott’s “Booze at Breakfast” aims to beat gongs louder to address the ever-growing problem of alcohol addiction.

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Author Catherine W. Scott delivers an imposing work of fiction that gives a picture of the trials and tribulations faced by a growing number of individuals and families today: Alcoholism. Titled “Booze at Breakfast,” she demonstrates in this book the adverse ramifications of alcohol addiction to the self, family and friends through a tight-woven narrative and a heady mix of characters that are as memorable as they are relatable.

Scott has lived with addictions of many kinds all her life. Thus, this book is distilled from true-life experiences that reveal how it feels like living and growing in a family of alcoholics. It is a testimony, written with the passion of knowing firsthand. As writer, she skillfully invites the reader in to witness the daily portions of the pain of alcoholic families as well as the beauty and spirituality in recovery.

Raw and utterly convincing, “Booze at Breakfast” reveals the life of a troubled family as seen through the eyes of 5-year-old Anika. It captures the frantic desperation of addiction among select members of a household and how it affects the unit as a whole. It powerfully portrays the profound effects of alcohol from violence, abuse, neglect, dysfunctional relationships and, above all, the scars it leaves to the most vulnerable members — children.

A heart-wrenching tale, “Booze at Breakfast” is a family portrait of the disease of alcoholism. In the author’s words, “It's a fictionalized autobiography — the story of an alcoholic family and the struggles of some to recover from the deadly disease that kills millions every year.”

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About the Author
As little sister Anika in Booze at Breakfast, Catherine watched brother "Peter" struggle with the family disease lifelong until his death by suicide in 1983. That clarion call awakened her to work in the healing professions in addictions rehab, counseling practice, and spiritual direction. Al-Anon practice brought rich insights and healing for her. She sees Spirit in all of it - in the pain life brings, in the tears and laughter, and in the release of opening oneself to new freedom. Perhaps some insights will come to you, friend reader. We're all in this together.

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