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Life coach tells how he went from alcoholic insanity to sobriety

As a life coach and personal development consultant Rex Hillier is expected to 'have it all together'.

But there was once a time, when Rex, from Diep River in Cape Town, was at rock bottom.

He tells his story in his memoir, Last Round. Cheers! From Alcoholic Insanity to Hope. A True Story, in which he details how his alcohol abuse became so bad, it threatened to destroy his life.

For tens of years, I carried on drinking, know that what I was doing was absolutely crazy. I always said what's the point of having one or two - I wasn't drinking because I loved the taste of alcohol, I was drinking because I wanted to change the state of my mind.

Rex Hillier, author

Hillier spoke about what he believes led him to a life of alcohol addiction.

I've got a very addictive personality. There are a number of theories as to what causes alcoholism. I do struggle to say, 'one's enough' of anything. Whether it's sandwiches, coffee, anything.

Rex Hillier, author

These days Rex is tee-total, choosing not to drink at all. But how confident is he that he will never drink again?

I'm confident, but I don't want to be arrogantly so. There've been many times when I did say 'I've stopped'. I'm not even considering that [drinking] as a possibility but, of course, in life anything is possible.

Rex Hillier, author

Hillier says the book is a “journey of self-discovery” and hopes it will help not only fellow addicts but will also be a helpful guide for friends and family of alcoholics.


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