Why I Wrote the Book “From Harvard to Hell and Back”

I was a practicing Emergency Medicine Physician who had been blessed with just about every gift a person could desire. I had gone to Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. Although diverted from my original desire to become a General Surgeon when I severely cut my dominant hand in an unusual accident, I had settled into running emergency room practices across Southern California. I also began to treat Rock ’n Roll stars after I developed a friendship with the owner of the famous Roxy and Whiskey on Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles. I was living large.

Intermittent alcohol use was becoming more frequent. A past operative complication gave me  a taste for Vicodin which was a ticket straight to hell. In what was a blur, and seemed like it happened in a flash to me, I found the California Medical Board at the door of my beautiful La Jolla home. For several years I had been escalating substance use. When they found me, I immediately tried to run and hide. I had committed crimes for which I had to answer, and I knew it was bad.

I ate my last several hundred Vicodin and then as much alcohol as I could imbibe. Quickly, all the material goods I had were taken away. In my addiction, I had been spending twice as much as I made. After 18 months of struggle, I finally stopped trying to control my disease.

I began to heal the night I surrendered.

I have shared my story over the last seven years with hundreds of young physicians and found great joy in discussing recovery with them. Encouraged by them, my family and with the help of a wonderful storyteller, my book was born.

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3 responses to “Why I Wrote the Book “From Harvard to Hell and Back””

  1. Kari in LA says:

    OMG!Just got to the Liam part…Bawling…What an incredible story. Tell your dad it’s amazing.What a book of hope for people who need it.

  2. Nice article: Why I Wrote the Book “From Harvard to Hell and Back” » Medical Assisted Recovery Inc. of Rhode Island. I’m impressed, I have to say. Really not often do I encounter a blog that’s each educative and entertaining, and let me tell you, you have got hit the nail on the head. Your thought is outstanding; the issue is something that not sufficient people are speaking intelligently about. I am very completely satisfied that I stumbled across this in my seek for something regarding this.

  3. Kristine Cotoia says:

    Im a patient of Dr Skips and Im blown away.. I was addicted to Vicodin for several years… When i ran outta money, excuses and lies . I found Dr Skip.. Hes amazing, I truly believe without the support from him and his office I would still be using..

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