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ADDICTION: CUNNING, BAFFLING, & POWERFUL 

In this gripping debut novel by Andrew Seaward, the lives of three addicts converge following an accidental and horrific death.

Monty Miller, a self-destructive, codependent alcoholic, is wracked by an obsession to drink himself to death as punishment for a fatal car accident he didn't cause. 

Dave Bell, a former all-American track star turned washed-up high school volleyball coach, routinely chauffeurs his bus full of teens on a belly full of liquor and head full of crack.

Angie Mallard, a recently divorced housewife with three estranged children, will go to any lengths to restore the family she lost to crystal meth.

All three are court-mandated to a secluded drug rehab high in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. There, they learn the universal truth among alcoholics and addicts:

Though they may all be sick...SOME ARE SICKER THAN OTHERS. 

Based on the author's own personal experience with substance abuse and twelve-step programs, Some Are Sicker Than Others, transcends the clichés of the typical recovery story by exploring the insidiousness of addiction and the harrowing effect it has on not just the afflicted, but everyone it touches.

With the harsh realism of Brett Easton Ellis and the dark, confrontational humor of Chuck Palahniuk, Mr. Seaward takes the reader deep inside the psyche of the addict and portrays, in very explicit details, the psychological and physiological effects of withdrawal and the various stages of recovery.

As Top 10 Amazon Reviewer, Grady Harp, put it: "What sets Andrew's novel apart from other recovery stories is his deep understanding of the physiochemical aspects of substance abuse and addiction. Seaward not only understands the socioeconomic, psychological and, yes, criminal impact these people create, he also displays such a profound understanding of the physiological/medical aspects of addiction that we are left to wonder if he hasn't been down the path of his characters himself."

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Some Are Sicker Than Others
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A Compelling Read
January 24th, 2015
After their lives reach rock bottom, three 'addictive personalities' - Monty, Dave and Angie - coincide at a rehabilitation centre called Sanctuary in the scenic Colorado mountains. Their lives are inter-connected by tragedy but just how much remains one of the driving forces of the novel. This is a hard-hitting and extremely well-written account of the reality of living with a drug or alcohol. Life is grim for people with serious addictions and Seaward isn't afraid to tell it like it is in his acerbic style. His writing is punchy, fresh and cliché-free with a thread of dark humour running through it. The micro details would suggest either first-hand experience or very heightened powers of observation - or perhaps both. His characterization and dialogue are spot on - I'm sure we've all met people like Dexter, and Nick is instantly memorable. Highly recommended though not for the faint-hearted or those who prefer a happy-ever-after ending.
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