Tell us about your new book, Symptoms of Withdrawal: A Memoir of
Snapshots and Redemption.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said that all of us have one great book in us-Symptoms
of Withdrawal is mine. It's a series of the snapshots of my life and
explores themes of family, addiction, fatherhood, success, and marriage.
Writing it was cathartic for me.
Describe sobriety from the vantage point of someone in
Being sober after enduring 17 years of addiction to drugs and alcohol is like
being born again. In recovery I can feel the gratitude that the man facing the
guillotine feels when he is reprieved at the very last moment. It's wonderful
to be able to smell the flowers and enjoy life.
Parents are partners with doctors in decisions about their child's end-of-life care.
Even though new and better treatments have increased the chances of a cure or remission, some types of childhood cancer do not get better. When a child's cancer does not get better or comes back, parents may not be sure about whether to continue treatment and, if so, what kind.
Parents who are caring for a child at the end of life need a lot of support that includes family members and the child's health care team...
What health advice do you have to offer others struggling with
The only solution is sobriety. Stay connected to whatever group or healthcare
organization that might help.
What is the best health advice anyone has ever given to
"One day at a time." Whether wrestling with heroin addiction, smoking,
or diet, daily vigilance and commitment are key.
If you were recovering in a hospital and could have any person, from
any era, recovering next to you, who would it be?
Albert Einstein or Carl Jung. Both were brilliant thinkers.
What do you do for relaxation?
Yoga. And I meditate, but not nearly enough. It is hard for me to relax. I
meditated every day for five years and it transformed my life and brought me
peace. You would think that having had that experience I would continue, but I
How has fatherhood changed you?
Fatherhood is a lesson in selflessness. My children have been some of my most
Do you have a personal health philosophy?
Everything starts from within. Health as well as happiness is contingent on a
balance between mind, body, and spirit.
What quality do you most desire in a doctor, therapist, or
Curiosity and willingness to think outside what is normal. Also, a passion
What disease or condition would you most like to see eradicated in
your lifetime, and why? Hunger and malnutrition. We should make a commitment to wiping them out in the
same way my uncle President Kennedy made a commitment to put a man on the