No Guarantees is an autobiographical account of addiction, beginning with being exposed to drugs and alcohol by adults as a child. I couldn’t wait to use drugs myself, and began smoking marijuana and drinking by the age of ten. Throughout the book I write about the struggle between success and addiction. Trying to decide what I wanted more, to be a successful student and leader, or to be a drug addict. Journal entries allow the reader to get into my head and see what I was thinking and feeling. By the end of high school, I’ve gone through treatment and am in recovery from alcohol and drugs.
Christiane gives an overview of the book:
“I want to change, I need help. I can’t do it alone. I’ve got to stop doing drugs. But I can’t do it. I’m so powerless. I’m not afraid to admit my problem. But I’m afraid of abstinence. My life is so complicated. I could easily write a book about it. I want to be successful so bad, yet I’m plagued by this disease. I don’t want to be like this anymore.” –Journal entry, January 28, 1991.
Originally from Milford, Connecticut, I’m currently living in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, a quiet Denver suburb. I’m here with my husband, Jason, and son, Jack. I spend my days writing, reading, cooking, and learning. I’m in school full-time pursuing my Ph.D in Psychology,...
Wells’ story is full of lurid scenes, but she avoids melodrama; her writing has both a lyrical intensity—“I love the feel of a big piece of crack. Rough between my fingers. I hate when I have to break it up...