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Michael Winder

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OK here is today’s question…”What if you were a graduate of the prestigious US Military Academy West Point, earned the commission of an officer in the Army, gained an honorable discharge and get accepted into one of the top law schools in the nation—all while maintaining a daily regimen of alcohol, GHB, LSD, cocaine and prescription drug cocktails. Basically a junkie. What you be able to do it? Would you be able to function? Our guest today did not have the ability to function without hourly doses of narcotics and alcohol chasers. He became delusional and came to believe he was the reincarnation of Mexican impressionist painter Frida Kahlo and ultimately Jesus Christ. When he finally does give up drugs and embraces sobriety, he receives what his doctors assure him is a lifelong sentence of antipsychotic and mood-stabilizing medication. But his fine intellect remains, as does his brutal honesty and his riveting and unforgettable account of his descent into madness. The book we will talk about today is titled ‘AN OFFICER AND A JUNKIE: FROM WEST POINT TO THE POINT OF NO RETURN.” And our guest today is a personal trainer, speaker, author, recovering addict and is also off to Morocco to be with the Peace Corps to North Africa to teach Moroccan children, please welcome Michael Winder to Your Life Matters.

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