This book pulls on professional and personal experiences as a person who has succeeded in living a productive and interesting life while managing alcoholism and bipolar disorder. Becker’s experiences are shared to encourage others that both diseases are treatable, and if treatment is followed, chances are good for not just a good life but for a special life.
Her parents’ philosophy was that if she and her sister were allowed to drink with them, they would not experiment with alcohol outside their home, where they might get into trouble. In reality, what happened was her sister and she became daily drinkers like their parents, doing “Huntley Drinkley” every evening for years. The danger of that pattern, along with a diagnosis in early adulthood of bipolar disorder, sent her on a parallel path of high professional performance and a secret spiral downward until she almost hit bottom. The conditions that can lead a person there, and save them, are the heart of this animated story of hope, self-love, and resilience.