'Out Of The Fog! A Story of Survival, Faith and Courage' is the author's inspiring at times painful story of herself as a 35-year old woman whose skid row was a beautiful tree-lined street in the suburbs. She had everything a woman could want...long-term marriage, two lovely children, elegant home, glamorous social life, successful journalism career. And then she was hit head-on by another motorist who crossed over the centerline.
Smith suffered for almost a year as a recluse with long-term retrograde amnesia. A Health Advisor's suggestion that she have a few drinks to ease anxiety was nearly a deadly prescription for a functional borderline alcoholic.Cognac and French wine soon took insidious control and at 35, Smith timidly opened the door to a 12-Step recovery program.
Two years later, to protect and nourish her hard-won sobriety, with a shared custody arrangement of her two children in place with her manipulative and controlling husband, Smith walked away from everything with just $600 in her pocket to rebuild her life. With eight years of sobriety tucked into a new lifejacket, the author buys a 35-foot sailboat, teaches herself to sail, and embarks, mostly alone, sometimes with her rebellious teenaged daughter, on a seven-year spiritual odyssey in the Pacific.
Smith's book offers a heart-warming, sometimes terrifying testament to triumph over adversity. "Out of the Fog!" provides compelling insights into overcoming addiction as well as solving mother-daughter issues. The book illustrates the power of hope, faith and courage in facing the challenges of recovery and healing fragile relationships.