Philip Muls already had been through rehab three different times. If he didn't give up drinking this time, he surely would come face-to-face with death and lose the battle. In his mid-forties, with a wife, two children, and a high-powered job that kept him traveling the world, he was not ready for the inevitable. He wanted to live.
Muls relates his arduous ascent to the apex of sobriety in his memoir MIND ON FIRE: A Case of Successful Addiction Recovery. His tale is told through Peter Baer, Muls' alter-ego who grapples with the existential angst that almost all recovering addicts experience. As Baer's journey unfolds, the reasons for his descent into alcoholism become apparent. His relationship with his mother. His first experience with alcohol. His need for control. His life-threatening car crash in Bangkok. His unexpected encounter with a holy man in India.
After leaving rehab, Baer begins to resolve issues that have caused the incredible inner conflict only alcohol seems to mitigate. He works closely with a talented therapist, the second narrator of the book, whose support becomes essential during his trek to the summit.
MIND ON FIRE is an important book that offers hope, encouragement, and practical guidance to those ensnared in the grip of addiction. Whether the addiction involves alcohol, opioids, heroin, cocaine, or gambling, addicts, and their loved ones will glean understanding and strengthen their resolve as they pursue the path toward recovery.