” We Do Recover and Express our Recovery Through Many Forms Of Artistry “
Our Addiction/Recovery Suggested Reading and Books!
“It is time to shine the spotlight on some wonderful recovery authors, poets and writers like myself here on my recovery blog. Even though I live my life in recovery from ‘compulsive addicted gambling’ and alcohol abuse, I have many passions in life. Some are being a writer myself, an author, blogger, and recovery advocate, and I love to help other authors get their books to readers who will enjoy them!”
We know sharing one’s story of addiction and recovery can be healing, powerful, and help to raise awareness about different types of addictions. It can also help shatter Stigma around those of us who may have made some bad choices in life, and taken a path less traveled by others while deep within addiction, learn we can recover from it, and turn our lives around for the better in recovery, and hopefully help some people along our recovery journey through forms of artistry.
Recovery books, music, poetry, and even other recovery sites are a form of expression and can help educate and inform the public in an artistic way, especially those who may have never been touched by addiction can begin to learn some understanding, gain a wee bit more compassion towards those who do the recovery work to show they can become productive citizens and better people in this world after addiction.
So here are some books, journal aides, memoirs and more I recommend. Because we all know in recovery, any form of recovery help can help us in many, many ways!
“Please, never be afraid to share your thoughts in my comment section as everyone has a VOICE to be heard here”
“My Suggested Reads of Books, Blogs, and more. APRIL – MAY 2017″
Book Review of ” Expect Delays: How to Reclaim Your Life, Light and Soul After Trauma by Author, Dr. Danielle Delaney Th.D. D.D.
About The Book:
You CAN heal ENTIRELY from severe, deep trauma – without needing a lobotomy.
Through her first book, Expect Delays, Dr. Danielle Delaney shares with you the traumatic experiences of her assaults, and her journey of recovery and growth into the powerful woman and trauma expert that she is today. Recovery is not a simple path, and you will encounter detours and delays along the winding road. You will discover and uncover knowledge from the first chapter, Demolition, when an unexpected and terror-inducing life event totals you, to the final chapter, Merge, when you are able to integrate this event into who you are and learn how to Merge with your own painful or traumatic experiences; Dr. Delaney will teach you new tools and belief systems for living through it and surviving. Discover how to endure and to emerge victorious!
My Book Review:
“Don’t Expect Delays Reading This Book, Just Sound Advice For Overcoming Trauma!”, April 9, 2017
This review is from: Expect Delays: How to Reclaim Your Life, Light, and Soul After Trauma (Paperback)
I was honored to receive a signed copy of Danielle’s book, what an amazing life she has had thus far. From the dedication page that came from the heart to the very last page, I couldn’t put this book down! I am a childhood sex abuse survivor myself and have been through much therapy, but the professional advice and techniques in this book, many will learn to rebuild their lives from traumatic events into a LIFE of peace and serenity.As trauma victims, we need to begin the journey of healing and come to learn “it wasn’t our fault.” That is when we can start the process of working through all the fear and shame, and begin to rebuild a beautiful life, and some in recovery as I turned to addiction as I was not raised to know help was available and it was “ok” to reach out for it.
Danielle’s book guides you through what is needed to accomplish this and SO much more. At times in her sharing of her life, it feels and reads as if you are “two girlfriends having coffee and just talking about life.” What she has endured, reading it is heartbreaking, but learning about her life today which includes her choice of “profession” to care and help others who have experienced the same path is a testament to the bravery she has, and the hard work she has done to overcome is AMAZING.
I don’t like to spoil a good book, but one of my areas in the book I felt most helpful was “Dangerous Curves Ahead: Caution!” And like her father would say: “if you weren’t tough, you would not still be here.”
That chapter and quote by her father hit me hard as I had turned to addiction when my pain came back from my childhood haunting me and had two failed suicide attempts from all the drama of it and learned I was suffering PTSD. Thankfully GOD stepped in, or I would not be here today.
Danelle’s book will help many and WILL save lives. What an incredible legacy to leave behind! Well written, easy to read and I commend the Author for a book well done. If you know anyone who has been a victimized, has trauma or been through traumatic events? Please share this book with them. I know I will!
I highly suggest this read!
New Suggested Book Spotlight ~ Author, Adam McArnold ~ The Affliction of Addiction: It’s Not That Complicated Now on Amazon and Amazon Kindle.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
THIS BOOK IS FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT (OR NEED) ANSWERS:
In The Affliction of Addiction you will learn:
* How to effectively apply these new scientific facts
NEW HOPE FOR ALL THOSE STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTIONS – A GUIDE FOR EVERY STUDENT AND PROFESSIONAL (Includes Charts & Diagrams)
NEW Featured Book Release!
By Dr. Jane Galloway author and writer of ” The Gateways: The Wisdom of 12-Step Spirituality – “Gives you what the 12-steps promise’s us!”
About our Featured Read:
The Gateways are…A Gateway, a Bridge, an Opening into living the Spiritual Life that the Steps promise! What YOU get from this is TOOLS, Inspiration, Time to release the Shame and move into the FREEDOM.
Is there more to recovery than just staying sober and clean? Dr. Jane Galloway offers an emphatic “yes” to this question in her groundbreaking 12 Step companion guide, The Gateways: The Wisdom of 12-Step Spirituality. Galloway presents the 12 Steps squarely in the context of 21st-century spirituality with breadth, skill, and sensitivity that helps readers of any faith (or of none) experience a profound spiritual awakening.
Too many recovery programs fixate on the sickness of addiction and, as a result, trap people in a pathology-centered mindset. Jane Galloway’s strength-based approach suggests “Rather than obsessing on what is ‘wrong’ with a person, learning what is ‘right’ with them may hold the key to understanding.” Incorporating ancient developmental systems like Chinese meridians and the Kabbalah Tree of Life, as well as more recent psychological systems like Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and Erik Erikson’s Eight Ages of Man, Gateways presents 12-Step Spirituality as a Wisdom Path. Galloway’s 12 corresponding Gateway Essences unlock the power of the Steps through spiritual practices and rituals that make up a customized, holistic Mind, Body, Spirit toolkit.
As a 30+ year member of Alcoholics Anonymous, ordained pastor and Doctor of Ministry, she is an accomplished stage and screen actor, and community organizer, the Rev. Dr. Jane Galloway brings a woman’s voice to the chorus of men who have previously spoken on 12-Step spirituality. Her work is inspired by and devoted to AA’s founding spiritual vision as it appears in “The Big Book”: “To us, the realm of Spirit is broad, roomy, all inclusive; never exclusive or forbidding to those who earnestly seek.” The Gateways opens wider vistas to the deeper wisdom within us all… Visit Jane’s Website here: Jane Galloway, Author.
This Month’s Recovery Read Spotlight on Mental Health…
New Author and Book Spotlight Pick is Author, Justin Peck, and BULLETPROOF: A Memoir.
“A Man Who Learned To Rethink A Life He Wanted To End” ~Justin Peck, USRA Racer and now Mental Health Champ and Advocate…
About The Memoir:
Bulletproof by Justin Peck gives insight to a life full of pain, struggle and the perseverance required to overcome it all. Not only is it an inspiration for those suffering from mental illness, his story has the power to motivate anyone looking for a light at the end of the dark tunnel that everyday life sometimes seems to be. As he shares experiences of learning to deal with the challenge of bipolar disorder, you’ll find the strength and courage to live and enjoy life a little more each day.
About The Author:
Justin Peck is a Professional Off Road racer, businessmen, and New Author of Bulletproof.
May 12th, 2009 was a turning point in the life of Justin Peck. That was the day his dream of becoming a professional race team owner came true as he created RacePro Technologies, LLC. Since 1992 Justin had always been the driver/rider in the various motorsports disciplines he had competed in but on that day… MAY 12th, he was officially a team owner.
Justin Peck is a driver of many talents. He is a back to back series champion in off-road motorcycles, four-time USRA series champion, and a national winner and third overall winner in The Challenge of America’s series. He has a long and extensive racing career spanning almost 20 years and takes the competitive nature of his career very seriously. Off the track, Justin is a successful business owner and author of the book Bulletproof, with the drive for perfection in every task he takes on. #justinpeck49
About The New One:
Relapse Prevention; Long-Term Sobriety. Best-selling author Rev. Dr. Kevin T. Coughlin Ph.D. shares his experience, strength, and hope, as you travel a journey of lessons learned over two decades of recovery and many years working in the industry with him.
This workbook and manual is packed with information that will assist the newcomer as well as the old-timer in recovery. Successful relapse prevention is a process! Learning, developing, and using new skills, attitudes, beliefs, and values that help you to reach your life’s goals and objectives in recovery. Relapse prevention is about committing to a life of recovery and following an action plan to stay clean and sober.
Relapse does not need to happen in recovery from addiction if it does you move forward in recovery. Addiction is a disease and relapse can happen; however, to teach people that relapse is part of recovery, sets them up to fail. Many individuals recover from addiction without ever relapsing, it’s a choice. To use a drug, you must make a decision followed by an action.
Relapse is not a prerequisite! Addicts and alcoholics can get clean and sober the first time that they try and never look back. A relapse does not have to happen. In fact, if an addict or alcoholic works a modality or program of recovery giving 100% effort, they should not ever relapse. Any relapse could end in disaster! Anyone that has the miracle of recovery should do everything in their power not to ever relapse. It could cost them their lives!
Relapse Prevention; Long-Term Sobriety is the author’s eleventh book. This book is dedicated to the author’s long-time friend and mentor John Phelps.
AMAZING New Book: Dragons to Butterflies: The Metamorphosis of a Man
by Author, Johnnie Calloway…
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Johnnie Calloway is a gifted storyteller and has written a superb personal account of his harrowing childhood and adult life. Although he retells his experiences of emotional and physical abuse, neglect, heartache, and betrayal, and later his own addictions and struggles with mental illness, he manages to keep the reader thoroughly engaged and inspired by his strength and wisdom throughout this page-turner.
Johnnie’s willingness to be soul-barrenly honest in this book as he traces his earliest memories into his teens and then adult years is truly unlike anything I have ever read. I have no doubt that his display of courage and his determination to go to any lengths necessary for his own healing will serve as a guiding light for countless readers. It is a story of hope and love, forgiveness and healing. I only wish it had been available when I was a practicing addictions counselor. I would have made it required reading!
Callie Chappell-Nicholas – Former Addictions Counselor
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“I was able to open up with SNN (Suncost News Network) in an interview on how I use the butterfly as my symbol of change. Such a fantastic interview. If you did not get a chance to see it live, click this link to view now https://goo.gl/xI7geP ”
NEW Release By UK Author, Emily Hayworth: Verbal Abuse: Diary of an Abusive Relationship now on Amazon and Amazon UK.
About The Book:
“Are you are in an abusive relationship and want complete validation of your feelings? If you seek to understand why you are constantly traumatized and in emotional turmoil, then this book is for you.”
In this gripping, shocking and inspirational book, author Emily Hayworth kept a personal diary during her ten-year abusive marriage. The author has listed in detail her experiences and emotions ranging from happiness, confusion, fear and almost madness as she journeys through the roller coaster that is verbal abuse.
During the last chapter, Emily lists the different types of abuse that can occur in a relationship and gives specific examples from her diary, helping you to clearly identify what may be happening in your life. There is also a section on how you can protect yourself from abuse and create a healthier, happier life.
About The Author:
With nearly ten years’ experience of personally experiencing abuse, intense study and contribution to various forums, Emily Hayworth has a deep understanding of domestic violence. She made the brave decision to write this book to help others understand abuse from a personal point of view…
A New Fantastic Book Release All Recovery Friends Need To Read! By Author, Danny Range titled; Warren’s Finest now on Amazon . . . .
About The Book:
Haven’t heard of the man known as “Warren’s Finest,” AKA Danny Range?
Born in a broken and poverty ridden city, he had infinite potential as a businessman and unlimited people skills, but an unfathomably bad alcohol and drug problem almost ended his life at age nineteen. He left the city in an attempt to find himself and start a new life, then gave in to the temptation to return to the poisonous lifestyle he was remembered for.
He spent the majority of his young life giving in to every guilty pleasure imaginable, until the day he lifted his bloody face off of a cold hard floor, got clean, and went on to be his family’s first college graduate. He then dedicated his life to straying people away from diving into the destructive lifestyle that he once proclaimed himself “The King” of. He encouraged them to chase their own dreams, as sharing his experiences to change lives became his. THIS IS HIS STORY…
New Release by Author, Kalliope Barlis – ” Phobia Relief: From Fear to Freedom ” now available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle.
About The Book:
Phobia Relief is an International Bestseller on Amazon! Buy it now!
It became a #1 Bestseller within one week of its publication date.
Start Living the Life You Deserve Now.
Recapture Lost Time and Build in Better Moments.
All of us are born with two fears: the fear of falling and fear of loud noises. All the rest—fear of spiders, snakes, clowns, flying, close spaces, getting sick, dogs, needles—are learned and can be unlearned. In Phobia Relief: From Fear to Freedom, Kalliope Barlis offers step-by-step instructions for ridding yourself of illogical fears and phobias by using Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques. What she offers is education, not therapy, and the results can be absolutely liberating.
“When you meet Kalliope, you feel as if you’ve known her forever. She dispels all your fears and allows you to see beyond today. It’s that feeling of knowing how the future can look with the results you desire. Kalliope, you are truly a Godsend. Thank you!”
—Joe Benjamin, Network Security EngineerBy completing the exercises in this life-changing workbook you’ll be able to:
• Learn the true cause of your phobias
• Gain control over formerly uncontrollable thoughts
• Shrink your fears and reverse them
• Stop visualizing what you don’t want and start visualizing what you do want
• Find your purpose and build your best life ever
**Please visit Kalliope’s Amazon Author Page ! **
Come visit “Breaking The Cycles” an Exceptional Recovery Website and Helpful Resources and More of Lisa Frederiksen ~ Author | Speaker | Consultant, and Founder of BreakingTheCycles.com and SHDPrevention .
Welcome to BreakingTheCycles.com – Founded in 2008 by Lisa Frederiksen to provide education, prevention and intervention services rooted in 21st Century brain and substance misuse-related science for a range of addiction-related concerns, including: substance misuse, mental illness, addiction as a brain disease, secondhand drinking, dual diagnosis, underage drinking, help for families, treatment, recovery, brain health and more.
Lisa’s goal in founding BreakingTheCycles.com was to change, and in some cases simply start, the conversations on these topics so that together we can end the stigma, misinformation, and shame that keep over 120 million Americans stuck fighting something they truly don’t understand. This 120 million represents those struggling with their misuse of alcohol or other drugs and the people – typically family members and friends – who love them and try desperately to help them stop. She does this through presentations, workshops, consulting, blogging and media outreach (visit links to the right)…
New Release by Author, Michael G Edwards – ” Down The Rabbit Hole: An Addict’s Narrative to Parents or Anyone Seeking to Understand Drug Addiction: Knowledge is the Key to Prevention”
About The Book:
Lessons that every parent today should know to prevent their child or children from getting addicted to drugs, (the terms, equipment, symptoms) as told through the words and experiences of a 20+ year addict who pretty much used everything. This is a two part book, the first deals with prevention and the second has some tips to help the addict in recovery reach success in quitting the life.
About The Author:
I’m a resident of Lansingburgh, NY which is a part of the Collar City of Troy NY which in turn is a large portion of the heralded and sometimes mythological Capital District area of Upstate New York. I found my calling as a writer quite late in life, after the whole family and career, when I returned to college to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in History but was encouraged to write by a creative writing teacher. Until this point, I wrote mainly short tales for family and friends. In 2006 I took a leap into the published marketplace and have never looked back.
My current projects include the publishing of some of my earlier short stories and a continuation of my fictional Detective’s works, plus more addiction self-help books as well.
Now Available in The Amazon Kindle Store.
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We Welcome ‘SOBER PLANET PODCAST’ with Hosts Brandon and Sober Joe! (Kevin)!!
The Planet Sober Radio Podcast is for people struggling with addiction. Brandon and Sober Joe discuss recovery and sobriety with an entertaining mix of humor, real-life stories, and a featured musical guest each week! New episodes every TUESDAY and THURSDAY!
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Planet Sober is for people struggling with addiction, as well as their family and friends!!! We are here to support and encourage recovery. Please encourage others to Join!
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Exceptional Gambling Recovery Website ~ VOICES of Problem Gambling Recovery!
VPGR’s mission is to speak for those affected by problem gambling: raise awareness, advocate, educate and promote recovery. We are in Portland, Oregon ….
Voices of Problem Gambling Recovery believes that problem gambling is not a bad habit or a moral weakness. It is a psychological condition and brain chemistry condition that can be changed. We are an organization devoted to education and advocacy, and to extending a hand towards those who are striving for recovery. We have meetings!
Simply show up at a meeting to become involved, or email PGVoices@comcast.net
Newcomers are welcome to attend any meeting. Orientation is held at 5:45 PM, simply show up! Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month from 6:00 to 8:00 pm – Located Below: 2054 N Vancouver Ave Portland, OR 97227
*A Film Project All My Recovery and Mental Health Friends and Visitors Should Know about and Support ~ Meet William Dickerson and His Novel and Film ~
No Alternative is William Dickerson’s explosive debut novel that confronts mental illness while blasting open the world of grunge-era teenagers in the early 90’s. It is currently being adapted into a film and is crowdfunding through From The Heart Productions. Please check out the campaign here: https://bitly.com/noalternativefilm.
About The Film & Novel:
NO ALTERNATIVE is a coming-of-age drama that drills a hole into the world of suburban American teenagers in the early 90’s. Thomas Harrison is determined to start his own alternative band, an obsession that blinds him to what’s either the mental collapse or the eruption of musical genius, of his little sister, Bridget. Bridget boldly rejects her brother’s music, and the music of an entire generation of slackers, by taking on the persona of an X-rated gangsta’ rapper named “Bri Da B.” No Alternative probes the lives of rebellious kids who transition into adulthood via the distortion pedals of their lives in an era when the “Sex, Drugs & Rock’n’Roll” ethos was amended to include “Suicide” in its phrase.
About The Author, Filmmaker, Producer:
William Dickerson is an award-winning filmmaker and author. His debut feature film “Detour,” which he wrote and directed, was hailed as an “Underground Hit” by The Village Voice, an “emotional and psychological roller-coaster ride” by The Examiner, and nothing short of “authentic” by The New York Times. He self-released his metafictional satire, “The Mirror,” which opened YoFi Fest’s inaugural film festival in 2013, and recently completed his third feature film, “Don’t Look Back.” His first book, “No Alternative,” was declared, “a sympathetic coming-of-age story deeply embedded in ’90s music” by Kirkus Reviews. His latest book, “DETOUR: Hollywood: How To Direct a Microbudget Film (or any film, for that matter)” is available now.
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Welcome, Author, Dana Bowman and her release: BOTTLED: A Mom’s Guide to Early Recovery here on Amazon and Amazon Kindle.
About The Book:
An unflinching and hilarious memoir about recovery as a mother of young kids, Bottled explains the perils moms face with drinking and chronicles the author’s path to recovery, from hitting bottom to the months of early sobriety—a blur of pain and chaos—to her now (in)frequent moments of peace.
Punctuated by potent, laugh-out-loud sarcasm, Bottled offers practical suggestions on how to be a sober, present-in-the-moment mom, one day at a time, and provides much-needed levity on an issue too often treated with deadly seriousness.Dana Bowman is a long-time English teacher and part-time professor in the department of English at Bethany College, Kansas. The author of the popular momsieblog.com, she leads and presents workshops on both writing and addiction, with a special emphasis on being a woman in recovery while parenting young children.
“New Book Release by Author, David McCauley: Addiction to Recovery: Unlocking Your Potential.” We are very happy to have Author, David McCauley! Who’s book will be featured in “In Recovery Magazine’s The Bookstand.”
About This Amazing Book: Unlocking Your Potential, is an accumulation of existential realization, many resources, years of recovery, education, insights, and years working in the field of addiction, with all adepts in the goal of personal transformation from addiction to recovery. This is an integrative approach to living in a wellness of recovery. I vacated my own mind through a personal process, my own form of meditation and this book came about. My hope is this book unlocks the potential that advances new insight into the recovery process for each individual by reframing the process in such a way that the right interpretation by the reader will help recovery click in place.
What we need to celebrate in recovery is the self-discovery of the individual. I offer my carefully considered overviews and assessments on the best-known treatments (theories) connected to recovery. I have provided a new outlook as a guide for the unwary who had failed at recovery in the past and those just coming into recovery for the first time. I count myself among the autodidact, the self-taught perpetual student fueled by a passion for new answers and a sense of mission.
About The Author:
( Author, David McCauley )
David is the CEO, of the Oak Valley Foundation. His book is to help get this center open soon! He lives in New Jersey, and Oak Valley is the home to the book.
Unlocking Your Potential ~ Authors Note:
Buy a set of books as your gift to a battered woman’s shelter, prisons, rehabilitation home, school and local libraries. Share your love for those in need as we make books available at discount rates for resale. For individuals, we offer volume discount pricing for orders of six books or more.
A portion of the proceeds from this book are going to the “Oak Valley Foundation: a 501 (C) 3 a non-profit organization to help those in need of (treatment) recovery. If you would like to send a donation to help those in need all donations are tax deductible.
The author David McCauley is available for speaking engagements for schools, community centers, churches, corporate settings, etc. David can be reached through….
David can be reached through…. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Welcome Recovery UK Author, Tony Kelly & his book RED CARD: The Soccer Star Who Lost It All to Gambling. Available on Amazon and Amazon.co.uk …
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About The Book & E-book:
A blossoming soccer career marred by mishaps which drove him to disaster. Ruined by an addiction to gambling, Tony Kelly lost his career, his partner, and all his wealth. Now he has written his story to “invite the public, family, and friends, into my secret hell of racism, despair, depression, stardom, gambling addiction and self-destruction”
Tony Kelly was football crazy from the age of seven.
At sixteen, Nyrere Anthony Kelly was the youngest ever player in the first team at Bristol City and in his twenties he went professional, playing for clubs such as Stoke City, Cardiff City, Leyton Orient and Bury in the second and third divisions of the Football League and starring in a Swedish side. But his soccer career was marred by a series of mishaps and poor choices drove him to disaster.
Ruined by an addiction to gambling, he lost his job, his career, his partner, and all his money. Now he has written his story – as Kelly puts it, to “invite the public, my family and my friends into my secret hell of racism, despair, depression, stardom, gambling addiction and ultimately self-destruction.” Red Card is a tragic yet uplifting story of a sports star battle with his demons, on and off the pitch.
About The Author:
I am 47 and an ex-professional footballer (soccer). I am from Coventry, but now reside in London. I suffered from gambling addiction in my 9-year professional career and lost it all! I had to write my story in the hope it will help others get help for this evil addiction progressive addiction. Today, Tony is helping others and youth with gambling addiction and problem gambling through Tony Kelly: Red Card Gambling Support …
“My story is sad, tragic yet uplifting as it shows you can come out the other side.”
Please listen to his YouTube Pod Cast of his story and more about how Tony helps others from gambling addiction here: Tony Kelly – Podcast on Youtube .. Red Card has presentations and workshops in the UK as well. Gambling addiction reaches far and wide in both the US and the UK and many other countries …
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Author, Kevin T Coughlin ~ “If You Want We Have: A Journey Through The 12-Steps” and “ADDICTIONS: What Parents Need To Know To Survive The Drug Epidemic” Both available on Amazon.com Kindle Store. (ALL E-books are now available in Paperback!)
“If You Want What We Have: A Journey Through the Twelve Steps” By Author, Kevin T Coughlin”
About Kevin’s Book:
“When I was seven years old, I accompanied my mother to many twelve-step meetings and witnessed the miracle as it changed her life and mine.” A few decades later the twelve-steps saved my life, my brother’s life, his wife’s life, my uncle’s life, and countless friend’s lives. After witnessing the power of the twelve-step process my family, friends, and I opened a twelve-step recovery program and retreat in The Poconos of Pennsylvania for adult men and women who suffer from addiction.
Over the past two decades the thousands of miracles that I have witnessed, and lives saved are due to the twelve-step process. New Beginning Ministry in Beach Lake, PA. has been our labor of love, born out of addiction. You can find out more about New Beginning at http://www.newbeginningmin.org. Helping people who suffer from addiction to get their lives back has become my life’s work; I’ve been blessed to be able to work with thousands of individuals and their families over the past few decades.
There is so much wrong information about addiction recovery, and false information about the 12-steps and the different fellowships and programs; the truth is that these programs work and that they save lives! I felt it was my obligation to share what I have learned over the past 47 years about addiction recovery and the twelve-step process. I originally got clean and sober at a twelve-step retreat that was started by one of the Founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill W., it was at this retreat that I started to realize that I had a calling on my life to help other sick and suffering alcoholics and substance abusers.
After two decades of teaching on addiction recovery and the twelve-step process, and developing my skills as a professional writer, it only made sense to combine the two and share this life-saving information with a larger audience. My mom passed on five years ago with over forty years of sobriety, and today I celebrate nineteen years!
My dream is to share my knowledge with as many individuals as I can during my lifetime, building an army of twelve-step professionals who can help save lives.
It doesn’t matter if you are reading this book for yourself, a family member, or a dear friend; the information contained within the pages here can be life changing. I know that these steps changed and saved my life! If you want what we have; a journey through the twelve steps of recovery workbook and manual has been used successfully by numerous individuals, residential recovery programs, out-patient programs, professional recovery coaches, aftercare professionals, counselors, therapists, probation officers, ministries, recovery retreats, sponsors, sober companions, and family members.
“It works if you work it, so work it, you’re worth it!” Anonymous
They say in the rooms of recovery, if you want what we have, and are willing to go to any length to get it, you will recover. All you have to do is want it, and do the footwork. This amazing workbook/ manual will aid you on your journey. Come visit my personal website: Welcome to Kev Rev’s Recovery World I hope you will . . .
Kevin’s New E-Book has just Released as well! And soon will be in paperback on Amazon titled; “ADDICTIONS: What All Parents Need to Know to Survive The Drug Epidemic”
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About The Book:
Addictions: What All Parents Need to Know to Survive the Drug Epidemic is a must have for individuals, residential recovery programs, out-patient programs, professional recovery coaches, aftercare professionals, counselors, therapists, probation officers, ministries, recovery retreats, sponsors, sober companions, and family members to help them to get a deeper understanding of the disease of addiction, the solution to the problem, and the program of action that promotes change in the substance abuser. A Support system for family and friends of substance abusers that will help to provide clarity, understanding, education, prevention, and awareness.
After two decades of teaching on addiction recovery, spirituality, and the twelve-step process, and developing my skills as a professional writer, it only made sense to combine the two and share this life-saving information with a larger audience. My mom passed on five years ago with over forty years of sobriety, and today I celebrate nineteen years!
And he has now released a collection of Poetry ….
( We Can Recover: Books 1,2 3 Poetry Through RecoveryWe Can Recover: Books 1,2 3 Poetry Through Recovery : Poetry: “A Journey Through Addiction & Recovery (We Can: A Collection of Poetry”
About Kevin’s Poetry Collection:
WE CAN: 1,2 & 3: Is A Collection of Poetry; A Journey Through Addiction and Recovery is the author’s eighth book. This work is the author’s fourth collection of poetry; his first was Tumbleweeds published by Feather Books in the United Kingdom in 2002. The author’s poetry reflects the struggles of life in addiction, recovery, and his experiences and in the lives of others that he witnessed over the last four decades. His hopes are that his poetry books and other addiction recovery books and manuals will help individuals and family members to get a deeper understanding of the disease of addiction, the solution to the problem, and the program of action that promotes change in the substance abuser.
Dr. Reverend Dr. Coughlin hopes to provide clarity, understanding, education, prevention, and awareness about addiction and recovery.
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Welcome Author, Deborah L. Perdue, and her Book titled; “GRACE of GRATITUDE JOURNAL” All of her Fantastic Inspirational books and journals are what you need in your recovery journey. Grace of Gratitude Journal
About “Grace of Gratitude Journal:
The Grace of Gratitude Journal is very-unique and special, interspersed with Deborah Perdue’s heartfelt, inspirational thoughts of gratitude, collected from her years of writing in a Journal such as this one; along with Tara Thelen’s exquisite full-color illustrations; and with 55 blank pages for the reader to record their own thoughts of thanksgiving. The combination of words and artwork inspire the reader to more easily count their own blessings. This Journal is a hardcover and the pages lay flat. Practicing gratitude on a daily basis using this gorgeous journal provides a vehicle to transform and enrich one’s life, offering sustained peace and more happiness and joy! One cannot be angry or sad, while in a state of gratefulness.
That’s why psychologists today are suggesting Gratitude Journals to their depressed patients. This Journal is perfect for healing workshops and retreats, as well as for individuals. Writing in this unique Gratitude Journal can: 1. open the reader’s heart 2. provide a sanctuary for a constant reminder of what one can be grateful for 3. has the ability to release blocks in one’s life 4. and makes a precious gift that makes you feel good when you give it to someone. The Grace of Gratitude Journal is not only for the novice, but also for anyone who is already experienced with the spiritual practice of feeling gratitude in his or her life. Being grateful will most certainly transform your life in powerful ways! “Grace of Gratitude Volume 2” with gorgeous new artwork, deeper thoughts of thanksgiving by Ms. Perdue.
AND NOW AVAILABLE!
Path of Gratitude Adult Coloring Books
“A gorgeous coloring book has 20 black & white hand-drawn illustrations by artist Tara Thelen on the right pages, with a continuation of the drawing on the left page, prompts of gratitude by author Deborah Perdue, and space for the reader to doodle, and write in their own thoughts of thanksgiving.”
Visit her website to order all her books Today! Deborah Perdue of Grace of Gratitude
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Author, Steve Hauptman ~ “Monkey Traps: Why Everybody Tries to Control Everything” Book One of a Series. (Book Two Coming Nov. 2016)
About The Book:
Something’s missing from your life. This much you know.But did you know you may be looking for it in the wrong place?
This book is all about a problem disguised as a solution, an idea that shapes and drives us all: Control.
It’s about the universal urge to make reality meet our expectations. How this urge becomes an addiction, wrecking lives and relationships. How it leads to anxiety, depression, substance abuse, broken marriages, and dysfunctional parenting.
In this book you’ll learn:
- Why everyone is addicted to control
- How this addiction causes most — if not all — of our emotional problems
- How to listen to feelings instead of controlling them
Filled with actionable insights you can start using today, Monkeytraps is a must-read for anyone seeking happiness, healthier relationships, and more peace of mind.
About The Author:
Steve Hauptman is a Gestalt-trained, Buddhist-flavored therapist who has practiced on Long Island for twenty years. He graduated from Adelphi University’s School of Social Work, trained at the Gestalt Center of Long Island, and specializes in a unique control-centered approach that integrates elements of psychodynamic, Gestalt, cognitive-behavioral and family systems theory in the treatment of anxiety, depression, addictions, dual disorders, codependency and relationship problems.
A leader of Interactive Therapy groups, he is also a cartoonist and creator of the blog: Monkeytraps Blog, A blog about control, Monkey House (a forum for discussing control issues), and Bert’s Therapy: Adventures of an Inner Monkey.
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New Book Release Alert! By: Dustin L. John ~ A Walk In His Shoes: One family’s story of their son’s addiction to heroin . . .
About The New Book:
Dustin’s life was once full of joy, happiness, security, and success. With a lucrative job, a wife, and a home of his own, he was destined for a life of fortune, prosperity, and comfort. That was before heroin. This unique and gripping tale is the first of its kind to tell the story of addiction through the eyes of both father and son. Together, Dustin and Dallas shine a blinding light on the dark life of a junky.
As Dustin decides to travel across the western states in search of a safe haven, Dustin wanders within a few footsteps of his own demise. Instead of finding freedom, however, his addiction cascades into corruption, deceit, and evil. As alcohol and drug abuse continues to ravage every community in America, this groundbreaking memoir offers important insight into the inner workings of an active user, as well as the pain of those loved ones who must helplessly stand by as the family structure disintegrates from addiction.
About The Author:
I have fought my addiction to heroin and other mind altering drugs for over 14 years. I knew I wanted a better life for myself but no matter what I tried, I always failed to stay sober. Homeless, jobless, stacks of court fines and warrants, major health problems and a healthy prison sentence hanging over my head, I finally quit fighting. I surrendered myself to my addiction. Through heavy soul-searching and abstinence, I was able to put together a good deal of sobriety.
Joining the rooms of AA/NA, I began to see life through a different set of eyes. I put together almost 3 years of sobriety and thought that I could take back control of my life. I quit going to meetings and working with other addicts/alcoholics. Within 6 months I had relapsed. Full of disappointment, shame and on death’s doorstep, I asked a judge to lock me in jail. I knew it was my only shot at staying alive. Heroin took me to places so petrifying and I was more willing to sit in a cell than continue using. I have had a brief relapse over 3 years ago and I haven’t touched heroin in over 6 years. My sobriety date is February 1, 2012.
Over the last 4 years, my father and I have worked passionately on my story of addiction, homelessness and my families struggle to cope. In October of 2013, my father and I finished the manuscript (with huge amounts of collaboration from the talented Kimberly Flack). My father passed away before ever holding the final product of all our hard work. My autobiography will be published July or August of 2015. It is called “A Walk In His Shoes.”
I want to help other families who are or may be afflicted by addictions powerful grip. Advocating for sober and happy living through mentoring, working with others, meetings, sponsorship, family, virtue and remembering where I came from has been extremely helpful in my own life. Self-knowledge and a clear and honest understanding of my childhood has been vital in my own personal recovery and growth. My past mistakes and triumphs can be used as essential tools for anyone who is dealing with the disease of addiction. Sobriety is possible and there is hope. For myself, it can only happen when I let go of life’s steering wheel and enjoy the ride. I now have my own home in Southern Utah with the most supportive, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife. We have two awesome and very energetic dogs. Neither one of them speak English. Lol.
Please Visit his Blog at https://jdusty45.wordpress.com
Follow him on Twitter too! @DustinLJohn
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*NEW Release Alert!* Welcome Author, Jake Parent and his book: “CRISTINA” . . .
About The Book:
Driven by a desperate need to escape her past, Cristina Rodriguez moves into a picturesque hilltop home with an ocean view. The same place where, four years earlier, a young girl was kidnapped and murdered.
At first, both the house and the scenic California beach town seem perfect. Fresh air. Fresh faces. And the ocean is just ten minutes away. But as Cristina and her daughter set about rebuilding their lives, they soon discover that the past is not about to let go so easily.
A gripping psychological thriller by a #1 Amazon bestselling author, Cristina will grab you from the first page and keep you guessing until the very end.
*** E-Book only .99 Cents! ***
About The Author:
Jake Parent is the author of Cristina, a new psychological suspense novel. His first book, Only the Devil Tells the Truth, was a #1 Amazon Bestseller. His influences include Charles Bukowski, Stephen King, Maya Angelou, John Steinbeck, Honoré de Balzac, Ella Fitzgerald, John Sanford, Jimi Hendrix, Ernest Hemingway, Greg Graffin, Pablo Picasso, Rickey Henderson, and Mac Dre. He grew up in San Jose, CA but now lives in the Washington, DC area.
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Author, Arnie Wexler, Author ~ New Release; “All Bets Are Off” Over ’34’ ~ 5 Star Amazon book reviews for this one, and HE is my ‘First Interviewed Author’ for my New Debut ‘In Recovery Magazine Column ~ Come Subscribe Here
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About The Book:
Arnie Wexler’s life as a gambler began on the streets of Brooklyn, New York, flipping cards, shooting marbles, and playing pinball machines. At age fourteen he found the horse racetrack, a bookie, and started playing the stock market. His obsession with gambling accelerated until a fateful day in 1968 when it all came crashing down.
Wexler’s gripping narrative leads us through the dungeon of a compulsive gambler’s world—chasing the big win and coming up with empty pockets—and how his addiction drove him and his wife, Sheila, to the edge of life. With help, they managed to escape, and together they have devoted themselves to helping others with the problem they know so well.
About The Author:
“Arnie Wexler is a Certified Compulsive Gambling Counselor and runs a national hotline for compulsive gamblers. He was the executive director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey and the senior vice president of National Council on Problem Gambling. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including Nightline, the Today Show, Good Morning America, Inside Edition, 48 Hours, and Crossfire, among others.”
Co-Author, Steve Jacobson: was a sports reporter and columnist for Newsday for more than forty years with a great interest in all aspects of sports. He co-authored a number of books with notable sports personalities. He was named by Associated Press among the top sports columnists and twice was nominated by Newsday for the Pulitzer Prize.
VISIT Arnie on his Blog: Arnie Wexler – Arnie and Sheila Wexler Associates
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“OUR FEATURE Gambling/Recovery Memoir ~ by Author, Adnan Alisic”
Arizona Dream: A True Story ( Written in Prison where he still Today)
About The Book:
Haunted by the demons from his past, Adnan Alisic escapes Bosnia and comes to Phoenix, Arizona, where he starts a new life. Fueled by ambition on and drive, he starts a successful car dealership in Glendale AZ, settles down, and lives the American Dream.
Tortured by his past, he seeks relief in gambling and loses everything. After being tossed out of the casino, Adnan vows to get back at them. Forced by the gambling debt and driven by the revenge against the casino, he plans an elaborate casino heist. After discovering the tunnel running under the casino, he devises an intricate scheme to get his money back and pay off the debt.
From ethnic cleansing and mass killings in Bosnia to gambling and underground tunnels in Arizona, you will read Arizona Dream until l the last page where you’ll find the real reason and motivation behind the heist.
“In likable, plain-spoken, and insightful prose, full of lush and vivid detail, Adnan Alisic reflects on the suspenseful twists and turns of his one-of-a-kind life path. From the first page to the last, I was completely riveted. This is one hell of a book.” – Davy Rothbart, author of My Heart is an Idiot and creator of FOUND.
“So, What really happened that day back in July 2006? Most importantly, why did this crime take place? ” Well, I hope once you read Adnan’s book, you will get the answers to this real-life drama that happened to him all because of gambling addiction!
This review is for: “Arizona Dream: A True Story of a Real-life “Ocean’s Eleven”
“This book blew me away, and I couldn’t put this book down. “This is the true life story of Adnan Alisic. A young man from Bosnia . Who has demons that he is trying to get away from. So he heads to Phoenix Arizona . He finds that gambling is his way of beating stress. But when he runs up a big gambling debt and gets chucked out of the casino. He goes and devices as a plan to get back at the casino and at the same time pulling off the biggest casino heist. This is a very honest and raw true to life crime story.
The author takes us from the streets of Bosnia to the casinos in Phoenix with such an honest and almost heart-wrenching take on things. You have a boy from Bosnia that comes to America gets the American dream. But to lose it all at the casino. Well, then you realize it there is an ocean eleven grand theft from the casino. Now don’t tell me that doesn’t get your motor running. Will they get caught or will they get away scot-free?
You easily fall in love with the main character, want to hug him, then there are times when you want to shake him to see if there are marbles in his head . That’s what makes him so likable. So if you are looking for a great book with some great raw emotion, with a true to life story line please check out this book. The emotions you will go through is unbelievable. This would be a great holiday gift to give the reader in your life.
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Author, Cate Stevens ~ Addiction-Land (Key Lessons from My Rollercoaster Ride to Freedom from Food, Drug, Alcohol, Cigarette and Unhealthy Relationships.) Now on Amazon!
Author, Cate Stevens is the founder of Addictionland ~ Info, Articles and More
“Addictionland is a memoir about an upper-middle-class girl voted best looking and most likely to succeed who develops and overcomes multiple life-threatening addictions. Addicts struggling to get help because of the stigma of addiction will connect to these powerful vignettes.”
About The Author:
Cate Stevens, Founder of Addictionland.com, has over 15 years of recovery from food, drug, alcohol, cigarette, and unhealthy relationship addiction. Cate’s recovery is based on the 12 steps, as well the practice of spiritual principles, exercise, good nutrition, and meditation.
Cate’s ongoing recovery process has benefited tremendously from the free sponsorship of other women who suffer from multiple, life-threatening addictions. Cate also has experience successfully coaching women outside of recovery to fulfill their personal and professional aspirations. Cate majored in journalism and communications. As a motivational speaker, mentor, and sober coach, Cate is highly effective in teaching others how to live satisfying and highly productive lives.
About The Book:
D.J. Burr is a man on a mission; successful business owner, highly respected psychotherapists and survivor of a dysfunctional life. At a young age, all he wanted was to be loved, but instead found himself targeted by a sexual predator. D.J. slipped into a life of addiction and clawed his way through broken relationships and seedy sex clubs–looking for love in all the wrong places. D.J. will take readers on a roller coaster of emotions as he details his search for grace and love…
About The Author:
Darrett “D.J.” Burr is a licensed mental health counselor in the Washington State; national certified counselor and a specialist in problematic sexual behavior. He has been in private practice in Seattle, WA for five years. D.J. is the co-founder, owner, and Executive Director of A.B.L.E. Counseling Services, LLC.
D.J. is the creator of ABLE Affirmations, ABLE Life Recovery, and the ABLE Care Clinic. D.J. published Unfinished: A GLBT Domestic Violence Workbook while completing his Masters in Community Counseling at Argosy University-Atlanta in 2009. Born in raised in Marietta, GA, D.J. has been known to many as a survivor. His childhood was less-than-nurturing. D.J. spent the majority of his early years tending to other’s needs and wants; not knowing what his were. He kept fighting for more–more understanding of himself.
**Come back again as I will be adding more New Read OFTEN! ***
MY Memoir ~ Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon ~ “Addicted To Dimes, Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat” is now available as E-book format and ‘My New Book Trailer’ …
About The Book:
Based on a true story, told in the author’s own words, without polish or prose, a haunting tale of addiction and recovery. An in-depth look inside one woman’s life in memoir form that shares the myths, facts, and misconceptions of compulsive gambling addiction through her personal journey of addiction and recovery. Learn about “the traumatized little girl, before you can understand the woman that turned to addictions.”
“Gamblers Anonymous tells us we can recover without knowing why we gambled in the first place. But some of us DO learn some of the underlying issues of WHY. No excuses, no denial, just the truth that unfolded through treatment, therapy, and many Gamblers Anonymous meetings.”
About The Author:
Catherine is the best-selling author of The Kodel Group with her shocking debut memoir, “Addicted To Dimes, Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat,” available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble. She is an ‘Expert Gambling Addiction Recovery’ blogger as well on Addictionland ~ Experts, Info and Recovery Blog with the likes of Tommy Rosen, Christopher Lawford Kennedy and Cate Stevens, Founder, and Author. Coming in June 2016, her new recovery column for In Recovery Magazine “The Author’s Café.” She is a freelance article writer for the recovery free newspaper, “Keys To Recovery” . . .
Catherine has fast become well know in the addiction, gambling, and recovery online communities. She advocates tirelessly in order to shatter stigma, raise awareness and educate all about the dangers of problem & addicted gambling. She helps separate myths and misconceptions with facts so others can learn to have more understanding, empathy, and compassion for those who live life in recovery from this devastating disease.
FACTS: Gambling Addiction currently has the highest SUICIDE RATE among any other addiction. With more than over 16 million problem gamblers in just the US alone. Parents? 1/2 this number are now your late teens and college kids.
Catherine lives in Sunny, Arizona via So. Oregon where she had lived for past 28 years. She is happily married to her husband Tom for 26 years, and she shares her life with three kitty cat’s and has 2 still in So. Oregon, which makes her “The Real CAT LADY! She is finishing her next two books out in 2017.
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Author, Marilyn Lancelot’s Newest Release ~ ” DETOUR, Avoiding Temptation”
(Marilyn was responsible for starting Gamblers Anonymous meeting in the Arizona Women’s correctional system).
About The Book:
The dictionary defines the word detour as follows: a roundabout course; one used temporarily instead of the main one. For most commuters, detours are unexpected annoyances. Realizing they will now have to take an out-of-the-way route, one that is probably in poor condition when compared to a major highway, drivers tend to fume and fret over the time they will lose, along with the many other inconveniences involved.
Ironically, substance abuse and addictions often create detours of a far more serious nature, and yet, are frequently welcomed, even eagerly explored! Those in the clutches of addictions are often deluded into believing that a detour is some kind of superhighway to happiness, when, in fact, it only leads to the edge of a steep cliff. For anyone who may currently be traveling on that dark and bumpy road to nowhere, this book is a must-read. It is written with brutal honesty and candor by someone who has taken many detours and teetered on the edge of many cliffs before finding her way back home. Before she found recovery, she was a mess. Today, she considers herself a messenger of freedom. Marilyn Lancelot is the author of the popular autobiography Gripped by Gambling. She lives in Sunny Arizona.
About The Author:
“I have more than twenty years experience in speaking publicly, both locally and across the United States, about addictions (alcohol, drugs, and gambling) and recovery. I am available for speaking engagements. My story has appeared in dozens of newspapers, magazines, on radio and television and I have appeared on 60 Minutes and PBS. For more than fourteen years, I have published a free Women Helping Women Newsletter.
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My New Book Trailer!
How does a good girl go bad? Based on a true story, told in the author’s own words, without polish or prose, this haunting tale of addiction, family secrets, abuse, sexual misconduct, destruction, crime and…. recovery! One day at a time, one page at a time. Learn of this remarkable and brave story.
“The cruelest lies are often told in Silence” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
“To know the woman I am you need to know the little girl I was”
Author/Columnist, Catherine Townsend-Lyon …