Side Trips From Cowboy: Addiction, Recovery and the Western American Myth (2009)
Nonfiction, 328 pages, $16.00
By Sandy Compton
Side Trips From Cowboy follows one man from childhood on a western Montana ranch, to adulthood in which he develops, and later sheds, his gambling addiction. Woven into the story — which stretches over 40 years — are the history of the Nez Perce native American tribe and philosophical journal entries.
Note from the author:
When I began this book, I had been in recovery for five years, but had still not achieved abstention. On June 29, 1995, the program finally took, and I have not indulged my addiction since. That doesn’t mean that life got easier. In fact, in some ways it became more difficult, but it also became much more worth living. Anyone who is an addict or who knows, loves or lives with an addict, can benefit by reading Side Trips From Cowboy.
Step One: “We admitted we were helpless over the problem — that our lives have become unmanageable.”