Stumbling into Sobriety is a memoir by media personality Tracy “Dot Com” Collins. From daily binge drinking to her spiritual warfare aimed at smashing stigmas and stomping shame associated with alcoholism.
Tracy Dot Com was a lovable morning show and multi-media personality in Jacksonville, Fla. Dedicated to providing awareness for non-profits and promotion for local business owners. She earned the title Official Funologist for her zany entertainment TV live shots and reminded viewers, “If you’re bored in Jacksonville, it’s your own fault.” Always with a smile. Always a positive message.
What the audience didn’t know is Tracy hid a dark secret. Daily binge drinking behind closed doors. Which only worsened when she left the fast-paced media world behind to pursue a more stable career. The free time and expendable income worked against her. Isolation intensifying the disease to near death.
Tracy shares intimate details from her final weeks of drinking. The spiraling out of control. How she masterfully kept the decades-long secret. What it took to finally ask for help. All the things she learned on her way back up.
This book is for anyone who struggles with or has overcome alcoholism. It’s relatable to readers new to sobriety or those curious or fearful of what it looks like on the other side. It is also a good resource for anyone who loves an alcoholic and yearns for a better understanding of what that person is thinking. Experiencing. Grappling.
Stumbling into Sobriety is raw. Its brutal honesty is, at times, hard to read. But the memoir is balanced with humor, and the end result is a message of hope.