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'Sliding' Author Jane Foster Describes Ride on 'Elevator' of Alcoholism


Tuesday, 20 Oct 2015 02:34 PM

Alcoholism is like a ride on an elevator – you can choose when you get off, but the further down you go, the harder it is to get back up.

That's a metaphor author and recovering alcoholic Jane Foster, 22 years sober, uses to describe her experience, and that of the character in her new book, "Sliding."

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"I got on this elevator on the 100th floor and it was heading to the sub-basement," Foster told "Newsmax Now" host, John Bachman. "I was enjoying my drinking and I rode the elevator to the 50th floor and then I kind of noticed it was a problem. So I did stop the elevator and I got off. But I had a long way to go back up."

In "Sliding," Foster tells the story of best friends Daphne and Maggie, who both struggle with life's ups and downs, including battling alcoholism.

"I can only say about myself is that I blamed everything on anyone else, everyone else," she said. "I really honestly didn't think I was an alcoholic."

"When someone pointed it out to me, I stopped. I was very lucky. I mean, I was horrified and I realized it … [my friend] told me right away, 'Nobody poured this down your throat, Jane.' Oh, and I couldn't believe that. You know I really thought someone had thrown it down my throat those 30 years."

"Sliding" follows her 2013 novel, "Below Sea Level," which also deals with themes of alcoholism. Watch the full interview with Foster Friday on "Newsmax Now," which airs 5 to 6 p.m. ET.

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