Understanding addiction and offering hope.

By telling the story of his own struggle with alcoholism, and the story of Glenn Jorgenson’s similar battle, author Terry Woster illuminates the mindset of those who persist in drinking even when it becomes obvious that they are harming themselves and others.

It’s more than a story about addiction—it’s a story of hope.

It's Great To Be Alive

“Addiction is such an incredibly secret progression. Before you really even realize it, you’ve got it.”

Hear Glenn Jorgenson share his story of nearly losing his marriage, his career and his daughters due to prescription drug and alcohol abuse.

“When Glenn went into treatment, I went in and saw the director and asked, ‘What do I do now?’ And he said, ‘I don’t know.'”

Phyllis Jorgenson shares her perspective of being married to an alcoholic and their commitment to making marriage work—for better or for worse.

“What everyone struggles with who has addictions is that our actions are not what our values are, what our beliefs are, and we know it.”

Author Terry Woster tells the Jorgensons’ story and his own, and how they were connected through the treatment center called River Park.

Interviews with more than a dozen celebrities


In It’s Great To Be Alive, author Terry Woster 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—who 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.

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If you struggle with addiction, there is hope.

Terry Woster’s narrative, with Glenn Jorgenson’s recollections and celebrity stories, addresses honestly the challenges that addicts face and shows how the River Park philosophy—based on the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous—can help people overcome addictions.

It’s Great to Be Alive is available in print or as an ebook.

“River Park helped me at a time when I believed nothing and no one could. Jorgenson and his staff of counselors and nurses made me realize I was capable of a normal, alcohol-free life. I left treatment knowing that I owed the place and the people more than I could ever repay. Perhaps helping to tell the story of this amazing place and the people who make it so will put one more payment back for all I took from it.”

 —Terry Woster, author of It’s Great to Be Alive

About River Park

River Park was South Dakota’s first privately-funded, not-for-profit treatment center for addition. At the core of the River Park philosophy were the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous—seasoned with a generous dose of respect and love.

“Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he could be, and he will become the man he could be. That’s all we were trying to do.” —Glenn Jorgenson

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