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A troubled relationship, a damaged past and a bottle of wine mixed together make a volatile cocktail for Sophie. Her journal documents the destructive descent into the grips of alcohol addiction. Sophie Brown likes to work hard and play hard. Trapped in a relationship she can’t escape from, alcohol becomes her best friend. Unable to accept she has a problem, she becomes in A troubled relationship, a damaged past and a bottle of wine mixed together make a volatile cocktail for Sophie. Her journal documents the destructive descent into the grips of alcohol addiction. Sophie Brown likes to work hard and play hard. Trapped in a relationship she can’t escape from, alcohol becomes her best friend. Unable to accept she has a problem, she becomes increasingly dependent on booze. Full of remorse and afraid of her own behaviour, Sophie finally agrees to accept help and enters rehab, where the road to recovery begins. Sometimes harrowing, sometimes poignant, this funny yet sad novel shows you a real glimpse into what happens when the life of a promising, talented young woman spirals out of control.


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A troubled relationship, a damaged past and a bottle of wine mixed together make a volatile cocktail for Sophie. Her journal documents the destructive descent into the grips of alcohol addiction. Sophie Brown likes to work hard and play hard. Trapped in a relationship she can’t escape from, alcohol becomes her best friend. Unable to accept she has a problem, she becomes in A troubled relationship, a damaged past and a bottle of wine mixed together make a volatile cocktail for Sophie. Her journal documents the destructive descent into the grips of alcohol addiction. Sophie Brown likes to work hard and play hard. Trapped in a relationship she can’t escape from, alcohol becomes her best friend. Unable to accept she has a problem, she becomes increasingly dependent on booze. Full of remorse and afraid of her own behaviour, Sophie finally agrees to accept help and enters rehab, where the road to recovery begins. Sometimes harrowing, sometimes poignant, this funny yet sad novel shows you a real glimpse into what happens when the life of a promising, talented young woman spirals out of control.

30 review for My Dark Decline: One Woman's Journey from Oblivion to Recovery

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ronald Keeler

    My Dark Decline by Diane Ezzard occupies the genre Biographical Fiction according to the book’s Amazon webpage. I’ll guess that some of the activities taking place while under the influence of alcohol were fictionalized for dramatic purpose. Maybe the activities cited were an aggregation of several confessions from treatment sessions. There is a lot of truth in this novel. I won’t dwell on the very strange and bizarre things an alcoholic does while under the influence or the way an alcoholic rat My Dark Decline by Diane Ezzard occupies the genre Biographical Fiction according to the book’s Amazon webpage. I’ll guess that some of the activities taking place while under the influence of alcohol were fictionalized for dramatic purpose. Maybe the activities cited were an aggregation of several confessions from treatment sessions. There is a lot of truth in this novel. I won’t dwell on the very strange and bizarre things an alcoholic does while under the influence or the way an alcoholic rationalizes them as logical in context. I have seen all the socially undesirable actions Sophie committed in her downward slide. The desire for acceptance and being the life of the party later becomes being too lively at the party to the point of not being invited to future events. Workplace performance falls off, which contributes to stress. Drinking to relieve stress leads to workplace absence as Monday becomes a day devoted to recovery, not the first day of work. Paying bills means less money for alcohol, so there is no reason to keep paying the unimportant ones. Later, the important ones can also be sacrificed as more funds are diverted to alcohol. Finally, time for drinking becomes important. Why waste time taking a shower or brushing teeth when there is no intent to leave the house? Thank goodness for home delivery of alcohol. At this point, one of three things will happen. 1)Death due to health complications is inevitable if ingestion of alcohol becomes the only food group the body takes in. 2) Some huge emotional event will occur that makes the alcoholic seek treatment. 3) An intervention will take place by either family, co-workers, or official agencies which will force the person into treatment. With this novel, Sophie knows she needs help and seeks financial help from her father, so it looks like a combination of 2) and 3). Many readers will identify with the bad behavior of alcoholics, but there are many levels and expressions of such behavior. When it comes to treatment, such as when Sophie entered a treatment facility, there is a remarkable standardization of treatment and phases that a patient goes through. I found this part of the novel the most moving and easy to relate to. I am surprised no one mentioned the “pink cloud,” but that may be one of those British vs. American English terminology issues. The most emotional part of the novel is when Sophie’s father makes a heartfelt statement to the group from which Sophie will “graduate.” As Sophie and all who have been in a similar situation know, there is no endpoint when someone is cured. Sophie’s experiences during treatment are quite familiar to me but are not a form of pleasant nostalgia. Before someone sends me a question; perhaps I was a patient at such a facility or perhaps I was a counselor/caregiver. From what I have read about Diane Ezzard’s follow-up books, that is the case with Sophie; she will go on to become a counselor. For me, this was a moving five-star Amazon read, and I will go on to read further books by Ezzard. As good as I think Ezzard’s work is, it may not be for everyone, and other reviewers may not give it such a high rating. Realism determined the rating for me.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Wilhelmsson

    A touching story This book is really touching, the story of a girl that became an alcoholic. You got to follow her down in the addiction and through her time at a recovery place. The book is really authentic and at the beginning I thought it was a memoir until I read about the author to check. I found a very good sentece in it that I think is fantastic " I have a good news, you only have to change one thing. Everything! That is so true words, because to recover and stay in recovery is just so ea A touching story This book is really touching, the story of a girl that became an alcoholic. You got to follow her down in the addiction and through her time at a recovery place. The book is really authentic and at the beginning I thought it was a memoir until I read about the author to check. I found a very good sentece in it that I think is fantastic " I have a good news, you only have to change one thing. Everything! That is so true words, because to recover and stay in recovery is just so easy or rather said so hard. I would absolutely read the other books about Sophie and see how things turn out for her in her sober life. The only thing I miss in the book was more about the recovery place. I had love to read more about what they did more deeply. But that's only cause I have lived closed to people that suffer from addiction, both alcohol and drugs and want to see the difference between how they work in other country than Sweden. I think this book is a really important book because the disease Addiction is huge, many is hidden and they affect so many people around the addicted. So read this, I'm sure you'll love it!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nick Piper

    It's the real deal "What a great book" is definitely not the way you want to describe a book about addiction, so I won't. Having had my share of experience with alcoholism, drug addiction, and the paths it can take you down, this book is spot on. It's depressing, raw, scary, and provides a little slice of hope. That's exactly what addiction is like. The author did not sugar coat it, nor did she exaggerate. Even with a very British tone, written by a very British author, and read by a very America It's the real deal "What a great book" is definitely not the way you want to describe a book about addiction, so I won't. Having had my share of experience with alcoholism, drug addiction, and the paths it can take you down, this book is spot on. It's depressing, raw, scary, and provides a little slice of hope. That's exactly what addiction is like. The author did not sugar coat it, nor did she exaggerate. Even with a very British tone, written by a very British author, and read by a very American reader, nothing was lost in translation. Addiction has its own language on both sides of the pond, the oceans, and all around the world. Thank you for writing so honestly.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lise

    4.5 Stars I wish I'd had this to read several years ago. Sophie is trapped in a world where drinking is the only recourse she has from her daily grind. When she hits rock bottom, her family is there to pick up the pieces and get her admitted to a rehab programme that sets her up for recovery. The story was so gritty and real that only a few pages in I'd forgotten it was the start of a new mystery series. And now I can't wait to read the first book... 4.5 Stars I wish I'd had this to read several years ago. Sophie is trapped in a world where drinking is the only recourse she has from her daily grind. When she hits rock bottom, her family is there to pick up the pieces and get her admitted to a rehab programme that sets her up for recovery. The story was so gritty and real that only a few pages in I'd forgotten it was the start of a new mystery series. And now I can't wait to read the first book...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Loralei Moir

    Very inspiring story about one women's alcohol addiction and her recovery. Very emotional, some parts sad and some funny. I guess it's true what they say... You have to hit rock bottom before you decide how to change your life, hopefully for the better. If only all alcoholics/drug users could read this story and make some positive changes in their lives. Very inspiring story about one women's alcohol addiction and her recovery. Very emotional, some parts sad and some funny. I guess it's true what they say... You have to hit rock bottom before you decide how to change your life, hopefully for the better. If only all alcoholics/drug users could read this story and make some positive changes in their lives.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Janice E. Ryberg

    My Dark Decline is so worth your time! 4.7 stars Thank you so much for writing such a powerful story. Not knowing your background, I can only tell you you've hit it square on the bullseye. It is wonderful to know there is an honest account of what happens when you make alcohol your best friend. If you have any friends needing the path to recovery, this will do it with love. My Dark Decline is so worth your time! 4.7 stars Thank you so much for writing such a powerful story. Not knowing your background, I can only tell you you've hit it square on the bullseye. It is wonderful to know there is an honest account of what happens when you make alcohol your best friend. If you have any friends needing the path to recovery, this will do it with love.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Aurélie

    Sophie does not see her drinking as a problem, until she realizes she needs to change something and goes into rehab. The book is Sophie’s diary. All the descriptions sound biographic and authentic. I hope this book helps understand those suffering from dependence.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Harsimran Singh

    Soul touching Its an inner turmoil which if handled positively with self respect n a strong will, leads to peace within one's soul. This is what life is all about. This book has magnificently explained that. Soul touching Its an inner turmoil which if handled positively with self respect n a strong will, leads to peace within one's soul. This is what life is all about. This book has magnificently explained that.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bev

    Sophie is in a terrible relationship that she feels trapped in. She turns to wine to help her escape the 'real world' in which she lives in. This book is about her recovery and the painful steps it took for her to do so. I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. Sophie is in a terrible relationship that she feels trapped in. She turns to wine to help her escape the 'real world' in which she lives in. This book is about her recovery and the painful steps it took for her to do so. I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kathy L

    it felt quite real and I was glad when it became more personal success and less horrid struggle

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rita

    I enjoyed reading this book. It told of the feelings of an alcoholic who decided to help herself in rehab. It described the events that lead up to her change in her life. It was very interesting.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jacquie Simpson

    Great read . Didn’t want to put it down was a book that kept drawing you in, making you want to know what was going to happen next.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jacquelyn

    This was a sad narrative about an alcoholic. It was nicely written.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Myra Mcculloch

    A great story of addiction and how Sophie lived through and beat this trauma

  15. 4 out of 5

    Phyllis

    Did not rate the this book as I didn’t finish it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    KathiTheBookNerd

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I didn't like this book at all. It's all about an girl drinking a whole lot of alcohol and forgetting things she has done. I couldn't get through the book. I didn't like this book at all. It's all about an girl drinking a whole lot of alcohol and forgetting things she has done. I couldn't get through the book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lynne

    The main character was awful. I did not care what happened to her.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Claudete Takahashi

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anne Kinslow

    Anne Kinslow. I found this book to be very heart wrenching as it is mirroring serious problems that we have in society today with drug and alcohol addiction taking people’s lives and turning others lives into nightmares. ( I cried at their pain and suffering as I am a very emotional person.) but, this Author has written this book so well and it really is a beautiful story to share. I highly recommend this book to anyone with a heart. 💓

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gillian Carr

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shirley

  22. 5 out of 5

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    Barbara Crowley

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  26. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Sanchez

  27. 4 out of 5

    Marion Morrison

  28. 5 out of 5

    cathy fuessel

  29. 4 out of 5

    Spike Harris

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Hamlet

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