Torn Together is a memoir, written by recovering alcoholic and addict husband, Scott Magnuson, and codependent wife, Shaaren Pine.
Torn Together chronicles Scott’s addiction as his illness infects everyone around him, his eventual treatment, and the recovery process the whole family undertakes.
It is also the story of The Argonaut, one of revitalized H Street, NE’s first restaurants, the struggle to get off the ground, rebuild after a terrible fire, and to keep going as the family is falling apart.
Torn Together is a brutally honest, courageous and uplifting story about the descent into drug and alcohol addiction, and the determination to save a marriage. It’s painful and funny. It will make you cry, laugh, and cheer. And it will draw you into a world you hear about but rarely get the chance to see. Highly recommended.
This hard-to-put-down book is a scaring, unrelentingly honest and touching portrayal of lives in the balance. Scott and Shaaren tell the tough and wrenching story of their lives together, their battles with fierce demons, their determination to see their marriage and business work and their realization that recovery is a never-ending process, not a destination.
Demons lurk in the shadows. It’s where their comfortable; it’s where they’re powerful. Scott and Shaaren shine a light into these corners in Torn Together and give those demons, and us readers, no comfort. Their unflinching recounting of their own experience strips away the platitudes we use about substance abuse, while showing the potential for real recovery. A must read for anyone who has struggled with addiction, their’s or a loved one’s.
About the Author
Scott Magnuson has been doing two things longer than most: Working in bars & restaurants, and drinking & drugging. An addict at 14, Scott got his first job in a bar - an industry that would allow him to focus on his first true loves, drugs and alcohol.
It was a good life, for a while. Evading the law, skirting the consequences of his actions, and leaving a trail of destruction in his wake. His world finally started crashing down around him 18 years later, and he was on the verge of losing his family, his business, and himself.
That was July 12, 2011.
Now, with several years of recovery under his belt, Scott is continuing his career in the restaurant industry, and is dedicated to helping others out of addiction's darkness.
Shaaren Pine has been learning the ins and outs of the restaurant business since starting her first restaurant job in 2005. Now, as a manager and business owner, and with help from her Earlham College education, she is committed to bridging the gap between business and community, and changing restaurant culture.
Shaaren is passionate about adoptee rights, and advocating for the families of addicts. She writes about her adoption from a social justice perspective, and about addiction through a spousal lens.
Together, Scott and Shaaren run two businesses, have created a non-profit*, serve on two boards, and are raising their daughter, Ara.
They live in Washington, DC, and this is their first book.
*A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Torn Together will go to support their non-profit, Restaurant Recovery™.
The mission of Restaurant Recovery is to provide comprehensive solutions to address addiction and its effects on restaurant employees, their families and the restaurant industry.
Restaurant Recovery helps restaurant workers find and pay for drug and alcohol treatment, and helps loved ones get the assistance they need.
Creating support networks, Restaurant Recovery is devoted to the continuing care of restaurant workers who are struggling with addiction, seeking sobriety or are in recovery.
Restaurant Recovery advocates for change in the restaurant industry through increased awareness of its unique culture.
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978-1-4969-6584-4 (SC ISBN) 978-1-4969-6585-1 (HC ISBN) 978-1-4969-6583-7 (eBook ISBN)