I read this book and I was very impressed with the authors facing his demons and giving up on drugs. Then I read that all of it wasn't true. So I thought and thought, what he was saying about recovry didn't change and is called a memoir so he took poetic license with some of the incidents in the book it still did not change the message that being clean and sober is hard but worth it. Then I loaned the book to one of my friends who is a recovering addict. He said he was very impressed by the fact that God wasn't so in your face in the book, in the treatment program that the main character goes to they don't do the 12 steps, and my friend told me that in his case the 12 steps never worked and he felt like the kind of recovery program that the author was in would be better for someone like him.
All in all it was a good read, and gave me good insight in to how an addicted person thinks and feels which was good for me since I have never been addicted. The message of the story was not changed by learning that the author did not tell the whole truth and took poetic license, but the book would have been much better if he would have been more up front about which incidents that he embellished.