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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Addicted To Perfect by Vitale Buford


  • Published: March 30, 2020, by Changing Lives Press
  • Genre: Memoir
  • Edition: Hardcover
  • Pages: 208
  • Rating: 3.5 stars

In Addicted to Perfect, Vitale shares the highs and lows of having been a slave to Adderall, the destructive relationships that ensued, and the way that she finally broke free. She details the many twists and turns involved in the years leading up to her getting sober and the eating disorder that followed her into sobriety. It took parenthood and radical honesty for her to begin the road to true healing.

Perfectionism is no longer something that enslaves her, and Vitale’s story is one of hope that no matter where you are in your life, you can release the grip of perfection. You can heal your pain and your abandonment and your loneliness and your fear and your guilt and your shame. You can experience true freedom, and most importantly, replace perfection with self-love.

Prior to reading this title, I did not know much about the drug Adderall beyond its usage in ADHD patients and overall found the book to be very informative. Vitale also offers the ability to shatter the stereotypical depictions of what one would think of when describing an addict; many would immediately describe a person that is most likely a bum and going nowhere in life. However, that is not always the case as readers will discover in this book.

Vitale is a young woman attending college on a mission to obtain double majors when she is first introduced to the drug. ONE time and that was all it took for her to begin a spiral of addiction that would last for a couple of years. Acknowledging that the drug is the reason for her increased energy and unexpected weight loss, Buford swiftly becomes admirable of the Adderall and decides to try obtaining more pills to ensure she has enough to feed her addiction.

To her surprise, as well as mine!, she finds it to be hardly any trouble at all. In fact, she starts obtaining several prescriptions for Adderall from multiple doctors allowing her disease to only further progress. The author's cravings quickly escalate and she finds herself unable to keep an adequate supply of pills to keep her happily high. Due to this realization, she begins engaging in risky behaviors as a means of securing the appropriate drug amounts she needs and ignoring the imposing dangers the disease is creating for her and those around her.

Overall, this is a book I would encourage all readers to grab whether it be because you or a loved one is battling addiction, because you want to learn more about Adderall, or because you just simply want to try a title in the memoir category that isn't the norm.

*I'd like to thank the author for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

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