Girl walks out of a bar

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girl walks out of a bar

Girl Walks Out of a Bar: A Memoir by Lisa F. Smith

Lisa Smith was a bright young lawyer at a prestigious law firm in NYC when alcoholism and drug addiction took over her life. What was once a way she escaped her insecurity and negativity as a teenager became a means of coping with the anxiety and stress of an impossible workload.

Girl Walks Out of a Bar explores Smith’s formative years, her decade of alcohol and drug abuse, divorce, and her road to recovery. In this darkly comic and wrenchingly honest story, Smith describes how her circumstances conspire with her predisposition to depression and self-medication in an environment ripe for addiction to flourish. When her close-knit group of high-achieving friends celebrate the end of their grueling workdays with alcohol-fueled nights at the city’s clubs and summer weekends partying at the beach the feel-good times can spiral wildly out of control.

Girl Walks Out of a Bar is a candid portrait of alcoholism through the lens of gritty New York realism. Beneath the façade of success lies the reality of addiction.
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Lisa Smith: Addiction Recovery

Girl Walks out of a Bar

Lisa Smith is a writer and a lawyer. Clean and sober for more than 10 years, she is passionate about breaking the stigma of addiction, particularly for professional women. Prior to beginning her more than year legal marketing career, Lisa practiced corporate finance law at a leading international law firm. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she received a B. She received her J. Lisa: Great question!

No secret that many successful people hide their addictions to alcohol and drugs—often for many years—but, then, either die young or crash. I lived in constant fear of being found out, and that made me more and more reclusive. The less time spent with people, the less chance of being discovered. But snorting cocaine alone on my couch made me feel like a degenerate. Thanks to addiction I was desperate to be alone and I dreaded being alone.

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Cancel anytime. For Sarah Hepola, alcohol was "the gasoline of all adventure. Drinking felt like freedom, part of her birthright as a strong, enlightened 21st-century woman. But there was a price. She often blacked out, waking up with a blank space where four hours should be.

Subscribe and get breaking news, commentary, and opinions on law firms, lawyers, law schools, lawsuits, judges, and more. I first became aware of attorney Lisa F. I, of course, ordered and read the book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The author is as engaging, informative, and entertaining in person, as her book is to read. I highly recommend it.


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