You Can Leave Anytime

A Memoir

Non-Fiction - Memoir
218 Pages
Reviewed on 02/26/2016
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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite

You Can Leave Anytime by Rob Dinsmoor is the insightful journey of a man who, after twenty-five years of alcohol abuse, decides to check himself into Wetlands Rehabilitation Facility to sober up. Rob’s check-in process is thorough, detailing the body and luggage searches, paperwork, declarations, ID bracelet, confiscation of his prescription medication, and being assigned to a room with two current patients and a camera, enabling staff to keep an eye on everything. Different types of group therapy are conducted throughout the day and in the evenings, incorporating anger management and addressing memory lapses. Thoughts and stories are shared in the group, angers sometimes flare, personalities clash, room-mates become incompatible, but each day brings inner growth. Initially, Rob is told that the rehab is only compulsory for the first ten days, after which you can leave anytime (thus, the title of the book), but he soon discovers it is not true and that the compulsory period is twenty-eight days minimum.

This is one of the best documented accounts of going through rehab I have ever read, with the book going back and forth from pre-rehab disasters to experiences at Wetlands during rehabilitation. You Can Leave Anytime is insightful, unbiased, and brings awareness of what happens when you are making a true effort in finding your way back from substance abuse. I hope to read more from Rob Dinsmoor in the future.