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'Smacked' Tells Story Of San Diego Attorney's Descent Into Drug Addiction

The cover of "Smacked" is pictured.
Courtesy of Eilene Zimmerman
The cover of "Smacked" is pictured.
In the new book, "Smacked," journalist and author Eilene Zimmerman traces her former husband's struggles with drug addiction and gives readers a window into the world of white-collar drug abuse.

When a successful middle-aged San Diego attorney died in 2015 of drug-related causes, his family had no idea he was struggling with addiction.

A new book tells the story of how that addiction created secrets, lies and ultimately tragedy for his family. The story is told by his former wife, Eilene Zimmerman, in her book "Smacked: A Story of White Collar Ambition, Addiction and Tragedy."

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Zimmerman is in San Diego this week for a series of events and joined Midday Edition on Tuesday to discuss what she's learned about the challenges of coping with drug abuse.