Never trust a Junky.
To hear that Frey admits the Smoking Gun article to be an accurate description of the book’s falsities is a real disappointment.Â To read that the guy made up not only a good portion of the book before and after treatment, but certain facts during his recovery at Hazelden leaves me with way too many questions.
If ALL of the points made by TSG are accurate, then what about the rest of the book?Â What about all of the facts that cannot be proved accurate or inaccurate, either way?Â Â
One thingÂ I’d definitely like to point out is that this book is NOT aboutÂ that magic word, ‘Recovery’.Â Â First off, ‘Recovery’ is a bullshit word madeÂ upÂ by the AA/NA franchise to label those who are actively participating inÂ their marketed 12-step programs.Â Â Frey’s book has nothing to do with recovery by this definition and in fact preaches against it.Â Â The message from this book is to go it alone and that addiction is a weakness; an excellent message that I’m certainly willing to promote granted that itÂ be true.Â Oops.
I do feel bad for James.Â I won’t deny that.Â As someone writing a book about themselves and at the same time finding that their life isn’t all as exciting as they’d cracked it up to be (Hey!Â You should write a book someday!) and then choosing to embellish it; I can relate.Â I hit that sore spot every time I sit down to write a blog entry, I just choose not to make shit up in order to compensate for it.Â Patting Frey on the pack for his workÂ is to stomp and kick the forty writers we have here at JL who work hard to speakÂ and shareÂ theÂ facts of their daily livesÂ (hey, where’s our Oprah time?)
Either way, the worse it gets, the more money that comesÂ rolling in.Â What’s that AA clichÃ©?Â You can’t save your ass and your face at the same time?Â What about selling your face despite your ass?Â
I know that Frey’s intentions were not to have his book blow-up into this huge best-seller and I’m sureÂ that he’s just a regular guy who got caught up inÂ it all and is now more or less just a pawn being kicked back and forth between media and publisher.Â As a person, I feel sorry for him, but where’s my million bucks for writing the Junky truth?Â
Any old sorry Junky can write a book of lies; it’s what we do.Â (And I’m happy to; justÂ show me the money.)