I Left it on the Mountain

What happens in the brain to allow us to overcome addiction? In I Left It on the Mountain, celebrity writer Kevin Sessums chronicles his years working for Andy Warhol at Interview and Tina Brown at Vanity Fair, countless nights of anonymous sex, his HIV Positive diagnosis, and his descent into addiction. It's also the chronicle of one man's spiritual redemption found while climbing to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. With Columbia neuroscientist Carl Hart, he charts the neural process of reinventing oneself. Carl Hart is Associate Professor of Psychology at Columbia University. His main area of research is the behavioral and neuropharmacological effects of psychoactive drugs in humans.

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Seeking Self-forgiveness
Kevin Sessums climbed Mt. Kilamanjaro to forgive himself for contracting HIV. While climbing, Sessums was surrounded by a plant symbolizing forgiveness.