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Reviewed by Adanna Ora for Readers' Favorite
Dianne Corbeau had a rough childhood. At the age of 8, she ran away from her abusive home and started living on the streets of New York. She got entangled with alcohol and drugs and soon became an addict. Having been inspired by a respected mentor, Dianne sought help for herself at age 19 and seemed to be on a sure path to recovery until she relapsed 26 years later, being affected by the death of her mentor. Confined to a psychiatric hospital, Dianne comes face to face with medical negligence and indifference at its worst when she is transferred to another hospital, one that threatens her sanity, health, and recovery. How will Dianne navigate this nightmare? Find out in Dianne Corbeau’s memoir Six Days in Detox, where she recounts her horrible experience in confinement and how she was able to emerge victorious.
The first thing that any reader will notice while reading Six Days in Detox is the vulnerability of the author. Dianne describes her feelings and emotions throughout her stay in the facility. One can sense her feelings of hopelessness, fear, anger, rage, and resignation. Six Days in Detox raises many societal issues by showing the underlying cause of addiction and rottenness in individuals in our society, which usually starts at home, thereby placing a responsibility on families to ensure a safe haven for children. The memoir emphasizes the need for a strong supportive system for people with addictions and exposes the negligent attitude of some medical personnel, which should be highly discouraged. Above all, it shows us that kindness and love are perennial. I was happy that Dianne Corbeau showed enormous strength and walked with her head held high. I recommend Six Days in Detox to any person battling with addiction, because if Dianne Corbeau can do it despite the many challenges she faced, you can too.