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Blackout Girl: Growing Up and Drying Out in America [Paperback]

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Pages   251
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.68 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 15, 2008
Publisher   Hazelden
ISBN  1592854680  
EAN  9781592854684  

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The author describes her addiction to alcohol and drugs from the age of twelve, and the turning point that led to her recovery.

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"Where the hell am I? How did I get here?"
Beginning at the age of 12, Jennifer Storm asked herself these questions many times after waking from alcohol-induced blackouts. During her teens and early twenties, Storm turned to alcohol to deal with the traumas in her life. In addition to alcohol, she also experimented with drugs, and eventually began using crack to deal with the deep black hole of sadness, loss, and unworthiness that she felt inside herself.
That is, until she awoke in a hospital psych ward and saw bandages on her wrists. "The doctor came in and said I was a very lucky girl to be alive," she explains, "and for the first time in my life, I believed it." She agreed to transfer to a rehabilitation center, though she wondered how life would be without alcohol and drugs. "Even as I asked myself this question, I quietly just knew I would never need them again. That inherent knowledge gave me a greater sense of peace than I had ever felt before. It was intoxicating in a whole new way."

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More About Jennifer Storm

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jennifer Storm: Jennifer Storm is the Executive Director of the Victim/Witness Assistance Program in Harrisburg, PA. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Rehabilitation Services and a Master's Degree in Organizational Management from The University of Phoenix.
In 2002, Governor Edward G. Rendell appointed Ms. Storm as a commissioner to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. She was later appointed to the Homeland Security, Law Enforcement and Justice Systems Advisory committees where she also serves on the Terrorism Prevention and Local Law Enforcement Subcommittee.
Her media appearances include appearances on all major networks as a spokesperson for victims rights. She has been profiled or appeared in We, Magazine for Women, Central Penn Business Journal, Curve Magazine, Rolling Stone, TIME, and many other media.
Ms. Storm is the author of Blackout Girl: Growing Up and Drying Out in America (Hazelden, 2008) and the follow-up memoir, Leave the Light On: A Memoir of Recovery and Self-Discovery (Central Recovery Press, 2010).

Jennifer Storm was born in 1975.

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Brutally honest tale of survival  Nov 16, 2008
This book is a very honest and brave account of some horrific events in a young girls life. The author holds nothing back as she shares the depths of her pain, grief and disease of addiction with the world. She shines an important light on substance abuse and victimization amoungst young people. More importantly, she shows us how after reaching the pit of hell, one can pick themselves back up and attempt to walk a new path of recovery in life. She succeeds against all odds. This book is a must read memoir.
Blackout Girl  Oct 23, 2008
Jennifer Storm writes her memoir like a map to through and out of the life of addictions and personal discovery.By the end I was deeply touched and inspired to see how she lives today-making a difference in the lives of others.
Lacking in Vividness  Aug 16, 2008
Jennifer Storm says that her intent in writing this book is to help others, and I believe that her book will accomplish that goal. It is a humble account of her life as an alcoholic and addict, which will probably help many young people better understand the disease. However, Storm's style is so colloquial that I began to wonder if she might have simply recorded herself telling her story and then transcribed it to create a book. I initially found her prose refreshing in contrast to all the overwritten memoirs by authors who spent too much time MFAing their stories, but I soon began missing vivid description and adjectives other than "numb" and "ashamed." I don't say this to be cruel; I just wanted to understand what she experienced and her writing kept me from doing so.
Courtesy of Teens Read Too  Aug 6, 2008
Based on her real-life experiences, Jennifer Storm shares her difficult but triumphant story. Drinking, blackouts, drugs, addiction, and suicide attempts were all parts of her life in her teens and early twenties.

As you read about Jennifer's experiences, you will be amazed --- because the entire time you are reading her story, you know that she is writing her story, so she has to get better, right? And there are things so out-there that one would either think that there is no way this person would ever have a normal life or that the story must be fiction. But both of those thoughts would be incorrect.

What I loved about this book was that Jennifer was not afraid to share the ugly side of her addiction and substance abuse--it took her to some very daunting places that many would be too ashamed to share. I also was happy that hers was such a success story. When Jennifer decided that she was finished with that lifestyle, she was truly finished. (Of course, she received help to do so.)

Often times, our strengths are also our weaknesses....the fact that once she decides to quit using, she is able to do it will offer hope to many, because it can happen. However, for those who have tried to stop but have relapsed, I hope it doesn't send them the message that a relapse means they won't be able to get better the next time. Or the next. Or the next.

Regardless, Jennifer's story is one worth reading. My best wishes to her and her continued success.

Reviewed by: Dianna Geers
A million people could have written this book  Jul 27, 2008
Sorry, but I couldn't help but think the whole time in the book, "Typical white trash girl, with parents that didn't pay attention, drug addict/alcoholic, who is surprised no one cares about her when she doesn't care about herself." Not a really compelling book when the main character isn't really likable or relatable.

I felt that a lot of people have gone through types of things like she does and have much more interesting insights. Basically, I thought she was just unintelligent, very trashy in her young age (sorry) and totally numb, not feeling or caring about anything. Yeah, she had a crappy upbringing, but many do. She just drank and drank and then was surprised when bad things happened to her. She had so much self pity and didn't even want to try and understand her feelings. When I was 17, which wasn't long ago, I was smart enough to know that smoking crack is going to add to your problems, not fill in a void.

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