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HOW MY HEAVY DRINKING LANDED ME IN REHAB AND I LOST EVERYTHING

OUTCAST UK

Friday, 10 November 2023 - 34 minutes

We are back and after a check on the week's queer news stories with Kev from Pride Daily. GRAEME SMITH talks to Houston based author TATE BARKLEY. His new book outlines his battles with alcohol and partying and how he hit rock bottom and lost his law firm.

After a friend paid for him to go into rehab, he built his life back up again. Tate’s 24 year recovery journey has compelled him to write and speak about personal integrity, ethics, shame, self-acceptance, mental wellness, and resilience. His story demonstrates how shame and addiction can disrupt lives, businesses and institutions.
His new book, Sunday Dinners, Moonshine, and Men, published in September 2023, recounts Tate’s troubled relationship with his father and his journey to overcome his shame and the scarcity mindset that fueled his addictions and blocked his ability to find peace in his life. Tate offers a deeply personal account of his dysfunctional childhood, from the backwoods of North Carolina, to his family’s struggles with poverty in Central Florida, and their ultimate move to the boomtown of 1970s Houston, Texas.
He details his attempts to control his escalating drinking and repress his sexuality as he became a successful attorney, only to hit rock bottom and lose it all.

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