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That's What Junkies Do is a brutally honest, often dark journey of one man's struggle with alcoholism and drug addiction. The story starts innocently enough in 1980's Brooklyn, NY, with a young boy, Thomas Figlioli, making a bad choice so he could gain the respect of a group of kids he looked up to and admired. Alcohol gives him the courage to be the person he always wanted to be. His fear and insecurity leaves and his lifelong struggle begins.

Being a good student, Thomas lands a scholarship to Pace University in Pleasantville, New York, where his alcohol use and hard partying ways increase with each passing day. When things start to turn sour in Pleasantville, he moves back to Brooklyn for a geographic change. It is back in his old hometown that his life starts to unravel at a steady and almost torturous pace. After losing a promising career in the financial industry, his life turns even darker, eventually being hospitalized in a psych unit for alcohol and cocaine use. Once released he immediately reverts to the same ways. Thomas's life becomes a vicious cycle of addiction, graduating to harder and more damaging drugs. There is nothing he won't do and nobody he won't hurt. When thoughts of ending it all become a better choice than living how he is, Thomas finally asks for help and gets it through a program of 12 step recovery. He comes back to life only to fall back into his old ways a few short years later. 

Now, a grown man and upstanding citizen, with a career, a fiancé and people who count on him every day, Thomas secretly navigates his way through a seven-and-a-half-year struggle with various prescription medications, eventually finding his way back to recovery and the life he always prayed for when times were at their worst.

©2021 Thomas Figlioli (P)2021 Thomas Figlioli

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The honesty and story gripped me right from the beginning and never let go.

This story gripped me right from the beginning. Even if you aren’t personally affected by drug and alcohol users in your life, this story is as honest as it gets. I laughed and cried out loud. Tommy let us right into the deepest and most private places of his mind and he never holds back. He reminds you that we all start out with the best intentions….not as the homeless guy returning bottled for crack. How many many rock bottoms does it take before someone wants to get help? What’s going on in the mind of a relapser? How low does their bottom have to get? I couldn’t believe how many times Tommy fell down and pulled himself back up. It’s inspiring how many times he’s had to humble himself to find true peace. The narrator also does an amazing job and I’m glad there another book on here by him - I’ll wait for more!

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One of the best memoirs I have ever read/listened to

To begin with, Shannon Weaver is the most perfect narrator for this story. If I didn’t know any better, I would have thought I was listening to Tommy narrating his own story.

I was blown away with this and I think anyone with a heart will be, too. Addiction is an awful disease or whatever ever you want to call it. Not everyone considers it a disease, but a choice. Whatever you think, you will love this book. What a life, one that Tommy lived as an addict and in recovery.

You will not be disappointed with this one. I guarantee it.

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Super Real !!

This book was so good and so real that I had to listen piece meal because I would literally get sick to my stomach. No end to the good !!!!

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amazing story

absolutely loved the story . hearing someone's daily struggle brings alot to learn off of

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Emotional Rollercoaster, but DAMN, what a ride!!!!

I had to wait a day or two after I finished this book to be able to write this review. So much of what happens to the writer, his thoughts and feelings as he struggles through his life was way to close to family, friends and my own life and I needed to process first. I found myself crying, sad, angry and even laughing at times.

If you or some one you know and love has ever struggled or is struggling now with alcohol and or an addiction to any substance (legal or not) this book is a must read.

I know, growing up as the child of a functioning alcoholic soldier who was never stationed anywhere for more than 3 years, way to many of the thoughts and feelings the writer had as he grew up. I also had my issues with alcohol at age 13 while my dad was in Vietnam. As an adult I've been through some of the same issues Tommy does after his car accident. Concussion and it's lingering issues is a horrible thing to deal with!

There are times in this book where you will alternate between wanting to hug the snot out of the writer/Tommy AND slap the shit out of him.

Because of some health issues I no longer am able to read a physical book so I listen to them now. This one is very well done!
The melodic tones of the reader helped to put me to sleep many nights. You can tell that he is not a native New Yorker by the way he says a few words now and then. I also love that he didn't make all the characters sound like your typical over done, guido or street punk. Overall the narrator does an excellent job.

The only complaint I have with this book, and it may well be the formatting Audible uses, is the time between chapters. For the most part it seems to be okay. The one time I felt they should have taken a beat or two more is right after the chapter with 9/11. It's rather jarring now.

Do yourself a favor and pick up this book. It just might change your life!!!

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  • 02-22-22

Absolutely Fantastic! 👌🏾

I completed this within 24 hours! The narrator is just fantastically awesome, plain and simple... & the actual story itself, with the sincere truths about the terrible disease of addiction is beyond words - you will not be disappointed.
This is only the second ever review I've given for ANYTHING & I've listened/read/purchased A LOT! But I felt compelled to do so.

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  • 11-04-21

Gripping


So glad I happened upon this book & placed it in my wish list to eventually purchase.

A Beautifully narrated autobiography. This listen brought me to tears in places as I could literally feel his pain and the torment that is addiction.

A reminder that no matter how low someone’s life gets there’s always hope!

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  • 09-23-22

Unbelievably believable

Just... Wow. Listened to it three times on the trot while at the gym, walking etc. Best narrator I've ever heard and a 'story' that's both sad and beautiful in its own way. Highly recommended.

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  • Kholds73
  • 08-05-22

fantastic

Great book if you have ever been in his shoes . I recommend it highly

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  • Sharon
  • 01-07-22

Heart Wrenching

Loved the honesty humour and insight.
The narrator was fantastic.
So much admiration for Thomas and his mother must be a diamond as heartbreaking to watch your children spiral out of control and you are helpless to stop it.

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  • C Dubb
  • 11-22-21

Eye opening and real

Loved it, great narration, almost diary like biography. The struggle with addiction and relapses have you rooting for him.