Substance-Abusing High Achievers:
Addiction As an Equal Opportunity Destroyer
Abraham J. Twerski
Drug addiction has cost the lives and productivity of many thousands of highly successful
men and women. The mistaken belief that one cannot be addicted because she is successful
rests in the myth that addicts are poor, homeless, and/or irresponsible people. Nothing
could be further from the truth. Many addicts are rich, living in the best of neighborhoods
and juggling massive responsibilities. It is their success that often creates the biggest
obstacles to their recovery. Unfortunately, many die from their addictions surrounded by
family, under the care of the best physicians, in one of the nation's expensive hospitals.
High achievers who believe that success ought to make them immune from addiction will be
able to identify with the actual examples Dr. Twerski introduces from his lifetime of
work in counseling alcoholics.