A dark saga of alcoholism, Black Sky: On Addiction and Awakening of the Human Being is inspiring, educational, and at times, horrifying.
The author, identified only as Dr. Y, recalls the first time he passed out drunk – at age 12. He successfully finished medical school, with a failed marriage as a casualty of his secret problem. As a physician, he married again, enjoyed financial success, all while consuming alcohol daily and writing himself illegal opiate prescriptions.
Finally charged with a felony, he found himself in a years-long struggle with the DEA and his private demons of addiction. His recovery included rehab, meetings with AA, and even a job at Goodwill, regaining sobriety and eventually retaining his medical license.
Dr. Y’s remarkable testament is to some extent typical of all those who grapple with addiction, but notable in that he uses his medical expertise to explain the phenomena of substance craving. Furthermore, he quotes from such diverse sources as the Bible, the Bhagavad-Gita, and Hank Williams, Sr., exhorting his reader to get sober, accept life, meditate on the universe, and contemplate death as our common, human fate.
Thought-provoking and eloquent, Black Sky focuses on alcoholism, but also reaches out to non-addicts, giving insight and realistic advice on many related subjects, offering a well-rounded approach to physical and spiritual health.