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Review of FALLING UP: A Memoir of Renewal

Falling Up CoverAfter more than 30 years of work helping people with addictions, renowned intervention specialist Dr. Louise Stanger is sharing her own story in her book, FALLING UP: A Memoir of Renewal.

After more than 30 years of work helping people with addictions, renowned intervention specialist Dr. Louise Stanger is sharing her own story in her book, FALLING UP: A Memoir of Renewal.  Her remarkable narrative details her journey through a myriad of trauma, loss, and hardships.  She illustrates the many challenges she has faced, including losing her son to SIDS, guiding her daughter through substance abuse recovery, and becoming a widow in her forties.

Dr. Stanger weaves her trials and tribulations among snippets of hope and optimism.  Despite a plethora of unspeakable adversities, she nevertheless always seems to find the light and sanguinity in every situation.  In fact, that is the very premise of Falling Up.  No matter what the odds may be, Dr. Stanger proves that transformation and renewal are possible.  Her inspiring insights and lessons will undoubtedly motivate readers to look further into their own lives and find ways to thrive.  As Dr. Stanger’s story exemplifies, people may fall down at times, but holding fast onto strength and conviction can lift anyone upward.

As the daughter of an alcoholic and the parent of a child in recovery, Dr. Stanger is no stranger to the extraordinary position that loved ones face.  Moreover, her work as an addiction specialist adds to that background.  She provides unique guidance to parents and friends of those in recovery.  She vividly describes the process:

“Addiction is the masked bandit that steals away control in the night and puts false capes of super power on as blinders to the truth that swirls around them… The frustration you feel as a family is not that the treatment provider has failed but rather the confusion, bafflement and trepidation over how long it takes for your loved one to connect their own dots and seek health and wellness for themselves… Do not fret.  There is courage in handing the reins over to treatment professionals and centers.  There is bravery in everyone getting help.  Temporarily, this may feel like you are falling down the rabbit hole, losing control in the short term, but you and your loved one and family as a whole will benefit in the long run.”

Dr. Stanger’s book is relatable to anyone facing any kind of hardship.  Her story of pain, loss, and family troubles resonate in countless ways.  She offers timeless advice to anyone looking to start over, explaining, “Healing takes time, and the person you are today will not be the same person tomorrow. With loss comes new freedoms you never experienced before, which you may explore and ultimately embody.”

Dr. Stanger’s powerful memoir dives deep into the intrinsic trials of recovery from a host of life’s toughest challenges.  She demonstrates resilience, and in doing so, exemplifies the hope and tenacity of the human spirit.

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