She was young and poised, a Harvard grad, an overachiever, a competitive swimmer with Olympic medalists in her family tree. She was also the survivor of a desperate seven-year struggle with bulimia, a story detailed in her groundbreaking autobiography, My Name Is Caroline, published in 1988.
It was a time when bulimia was little-known and less understood, and the reaction to what seemed an unlikely poster child for the disorder was enormous. “It was like a bomb had gone off in my living room,” Caroline Adams Miller, now 53, remembers. “I was that first shot across the bow when it comes to bulimia.” My Name Is Caroline sparked a national conversation about eating disorders, became a best-seller and has never stopped selling.
Caroline now works as a credentialed coach, keynote speaker, educator and author; she has a master’s in applied positive psychology and is a pioneer in the positive psychology field. In her book Creating Your Best Life, published in 2009, she became the first to link the science of happiness with the science of goal-setting. She’s also 30 solid years into her recovery from bulimia, an accomplishment she chronicles in the sequel Positively Caroline, published in 2013. “I thought, I have to finish this story. I have to tell people not only can you get in recovery, you can stay in recovery.” My Name Is Caroline was recently re-released to mark the 25th anniversary of its initial publication. Addiction.com took the opportunity to talk with the author, who shared some of what she’s learned and experienced since the landmark book first opened a nation’s eyes.
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