Author Terry Woster traces the development of River Park treatment programs through the eyes of Glenn Jorgenson, River Park's president and CEO. He weaves into the narrative compelling stories of addiction and recovery told by more than a dozen celebrities—including singers Johnny Cash and Larry Gatlin, actor Dick Van Dyke, and superstar athletes Carl Eller and Don Newcombe—that Jorgenson interviewed for an educational television series called "It's Great To Be Alive." Jorgenson's recollections and the celebrity stories illuminate the challenges that addicts face and help expand understanding of addictions, their effects on families and communities, and options for treatment.