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Publisher's Summary

Perfection is the thief of joy. It’s a lie that keeps us in a stranglehold of chaos, people-pleasing, and addiction. Perfection says we are never good enough. It holds us back from being our truest, most authentic selves.

Author Vitale Buford spent nearly three decades of her life in the web of perfection. She was praised for being an "easy child", "pretty", and "self-motivated", so that's what she tried to be. Her need for perfection and outside success was coupled with her body-image obsession. It was also a distraction from the pain of abandonment and loneliness she experienced in her childhood. When she tied her self-worth to her external success and her appearance, her addiction to perfection was born.

In her junior year of college, Vitale was introduced to Adderall as a "study drug". She used it for a few months - and ended up losing 20 pounds; she also got her best grades ever with her most rigorous course load. She was sure she had discovered the "perfect drug". When she was able to obtain her own prescription the following year, it hooked her immediately. She was addicted not only to Adderall, but also to the perfection, the weight loss, and her newfound ability to accomplish projects and tasks with ease. This was the beginning of a 10-year love affair with Adderall.

In Addicted to Perfect, Vitale shares the highs and lows of having been a slave to Adderall, the destructive relationships that ensued, and the way that she finally broke free. She details the many twists and turns involved in the years leading up to her getting sober and the eating disorder that followed her into sobriety. Perfectionism is no longer something that enslaves her, and Vitale's story is one of hope that no matter where you are in your life, you can release yourself from the grip of perfection.

©2020 by Changing Lives Press and Vitale Buford (P)2020 by Blackstone Publishing

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Fabulous!

I am new to recovery from Methamphetamine which stemmed out of a tolerance to prescribed Adderall. I felt almost like this author was writing MY biography just that she went about it a little differently. The chaos, paranoia, anxiety about getting caught and all the other non-productive consequences of her Adderall use were spot-on. It is so amazing how we think we can fool the world when the only person we are fooling, and damaging in mind, body, and spirit is us! I can't wait to share this book with friends. It just may open their eyes too!

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gave me a lot to think about

I found thls book easy and good to listen. It gave me a lot to think about. Many of us have addictions in some way or another. I felt frustrated at times but I kept reminding myself that addiction has so many underlying issues. I recommend it for anyone who wants to understand the topic through a personal story.

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  • Lz
  • 09-06-21

Great narrator... Boldly honest author...

I've been through opiate addiction, addicted to the hardest and strongest street drugs there are - I've also been prescribed Adderall for nearly 13 years for a sleeping disorder.... To say I can relate to this book is an understatement.... I could have written it.... The only major difference being that I was always the black sheep of my family, and my older sister has always been the perfect one who went to and graduated from college. I appreciate this book because it shows how addicts are real people who've lost their sense of self and been deeply hurt by people they desperately wanted/needed to accept them, to appreciate their existence. It's also a great storyline that depicts REALISTICALLY just how easily, quickly, and sneakily addiction can manipulate our better judgement, and hide from our very psyches until it's 'too late' to. I highly recommend if you're struggling with a dependency or know someone who is or has....

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Addicted to Perfect

I didn’t like the book. Too much I, Me My. I continuously hoped the book would save itself.

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pleasantly surprised

I wasn't expecting to like this book as much as I did! great story and couldn't stop listening to it.

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Intriguing story

A open and honest story of addiction and becoming better on the otherside with lessons learned

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Great Story

Did not expect it to be this good, really enjoyed it. I highly recommend this book

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Good, but longer than needed with unnecessary details. The narrator was my least favorite I've listened to.

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very insightful and honest truths

Absolutely loved and related to many aspects of this book. This is told from a real life perspective of how one prescription drug can begin altering your entire life.

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Truthful

As I kept reading the book, I could not deny the heavy truth she spoke. She did not sugarcoat anything. She admitted what she truly wanted at a given moment and didn't hide the raw story of addiction and selfishness.
As someone with ADHD I personally find what she did to get the drugs and manipulation frustrating because it paints a poor picture for the disorder and the medication. Making it hard for me to obtain my own medicine. However, I found her story inspiring, and I wish her the best.

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  • 01-01-22

Very true depiction of life with addiction

Really enjoyed this book. Having an alcoholic parent myself, many things rang true. Also deeper insights were given when listening to Vatali’s journey from addiction to recovery - plus the whole family’s role in the illness.
An honest and moving account. Very engaging as wondered whatever would happen next.
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  • Karen Burke
  • 02-14-22

Brilliant

This book is amazing. Such thought provoking messages. Congratulations Vitale. Hope life is good now.

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  • Ian Wallace
  • 12-22-21

brilliant

loved this book. very good for anyone that suffered/suffers from any addiction or just life problems. could listen to it all over again

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-04-21

Narcissism

What a horribly self absorbed woman. "Me me me" she says. All she does is think of herself. Even when she tries to do something selfless it's all about her and how it makes her feel. All the issues written about in this book are really caused by how self absorbed this woman is. If anything it is a good example of how NOT to live your life. Every sentence starts with "I". An upsettingly entitled author

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  • pollypickle77
  • 11-03-21

Stopped listening for the last 45 mins!

This book was interesting and had a perspective on drug taking that I had never considered before. Using drugs (namely Adderall) in the pursuit of self perfection is no less self destructive than other forms of drug addiction but seems less atypical.
However, the author’s “possibly” remembered sexual abuse at age 3 seems like a non-realistic cure all for her problems. And when she started talking about turning everything over to gods hands I just stopped listening!

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  • alina
  • 10-31-21

Brilliant!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I even went to see if there was more audible books written by Vitale Buford. I laughed and cried many many times. I identified with many parts of her life. Loved it!

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  • Viktoria
  • 10-23-21

Exceptional!

This book has touched my soul. The story is very interesting and eloquently written. I started and finished this book in 24 hours; I just could not put it down. Very well written and captivating.

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  • Lesley
  • 10-22-21

Honest & insightful

Couldn’t put it down. Vitale’s story resonates & feels familiar, despite also seeming quite unprecedented & original. I’m sure this piece will touch a lot of people in a positive way!

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  • Renae Shaw
  • 10-14-21

Couldn't stop listening

Such an interesting, honest and educational story. I really enjoyed this book and found it a compelling listen.