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Friday, February 22, 2013

Quitters, Inc - Stephen King

Dick Morrison is an alcoholic, a workaholic, and a smoker. He's not happy with the way he's living his life, but he doesn't see a way out. While out at the bar one day, he runs into an old friend who tells him about Quitters, Inc. Not only did this company get him to kick the habit, it also got him to keep the weight off afterward.

The business card goes into Morrison's wallet, forgotten. Until one day he decides to give it a try. After signing some paperwork, Morrison goes through a brief interview process in order for his counselor to get to know him. He is then told to go home and enjoy his last cigarette because it will be the last one.

When he returns the next day he is told the actual plan to get him to stop smoking. He objects upon seeing a demonstration on a rabbit; unfortunately, having signed the paperwork, it is too late to back out. Can Morrison stay strong and resist his addiction? And will he survive enough to even get to the point where he's required to lose weight?

While I found the "catch" predictable, this short jaunt through the bizarre world of recovery was an enjoyable one.

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