Booze and the Badge
A Cop's Battle with the Bottle
THIS MEMOIR is an examination of the author’s lifelong battle with alcoholism, how it affected his lengthy policing career, and his efforts to help others battle addiction once he was in recovery and had retired from policing. Along the way, this manuscript details many of the cases he was involved in as well as his subsequent battle with prostate cancer. Moreover, in addition to telling the author’s life story, the book aims to help other members of the law enforcement community who are struggling with addiction, encouraging, them to seek help before it’s too late.
Barry Ruhl was an Ontario Provincial Police Officer for 30 years. Following his retirement, he continued to work with the OPP as a counsellor for other officers dealing with substance abuse and post- traumatic stress issues. Barry has a BA in Sociology from University of Waterloo and an Honours BA in Social Work from York University. Barry and his wife Pat live in a small Ontario community on the shores of Lake Huron. They have one son, Jeffrey. Barry is the author of A Viable Suspect.
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