Believe it or not, I watched most of the Republican Presidential Debate on Wednesday. The standout moment for me, being in recovery was Fiorina and this preface to her comments on drug policy, during which she criticized equating marijuana with alcohol.
I had no ideal that she had lost a child to drug addiction and wanted to learn more. It was easy to find – in revealing passages in her newest book, Rising to the Challenge, in fact the circumstances surrounding her step-daughter’s death is how the book begins and you can read that portion for free using Amazon’s “Look inside->” feature.
Fiorina described her stepdaughter as full of potential — smart, talented, hardworking, outgoing, kind and compassionate. But Lori drank heavily in college and later, while working in pharmaceutical sales, she began abusing prescription drugs. Bulimia made the problem even worse. Although Lori went into rehab three times, Fiorina wrote, addiction overtook her life.
“As anyone who has loved someone with an addiction knows, you can force someone into rehab, but you can’t make them well. Only the addict can do that. Lori couldn’t — or wouldn’t — take that first step of admitting she was powerless over her addiction. And ultimately her body just gave out.”