There’s a tragedy happening in America…hundreds of thousands of deaths

As per the Centers for Disease Control: from 1999 to 2018, we’ve lost 450,000 people to drug overdoses

One of them wasn’t me: as a result, America has a person spending today getting a valuable resource into the hands of as many people as possible

That resource is my book, called My Addiction & Recovery…it’s story told in service to those who struggle

We could’ve had 449,999 more such resources…many of them of greater value than mine

Many, many persons* struggling with addiction remain alive…yet are far from serving society to their full potential

(*In 2017: 19.7 million Americans battled a substance use disorder…drug addiction cost American society $740 billion, according to the American Addiction Centers)

Addiction devastates our society—ripping homes apart, tearing children from parents and spouses from one another, and erecting permanent barriers between even the closest family members

Addiction turns thriving communities into dreary ghettos

It overloads our emergency rooms, burdens our first responders, and forces enormous demands upon our taxpayers

One solution—small though it may be—is found in my book

How I went from person in meth psychosis, certain a vast FBI conspiracy aimed to pin 9/11 on me…being arrested by the FBI…an incarcerated, welfare-cheating drain on my communities

To being recognized with one of the highest civilian honors the FBI bestows for community service…for my work reducing addiction and recidivism

If I can do it? It can be done another 449,999 times

Odds are, one of those 449,999 may well live, work, and serve in your neighborhood

My Addiction & Recovery arms tired soldiers in the battle against addiction with their most potent weapons…hope and faith

Hope and faith blaze pathways to triumph, from even the most desperate-seeming valleys

They shift the bitter midnight of addiction, into the promising dawn of recovery

The more people who read my book/hear my story…and stories like mine…the deeper the belief it’s possible to recover from addiction—and do so in service to society

My book and story represent just one tiny slice of the positive messages out there

By spreading a positive message, we turn slices into wedges, between America and her current tragedy

I encourage others to free themselves from sticky spiders’ webs of stigma…to share their stories, lessons learned…create a gravitational pull guiding our young and old alike away from addiction, to service

Once you’ve heard stories of overcoming addiction in service to society, share those stories with others…as a way to inspire those who struggle, there is a winding path skyward out of the addiction’s impossibly thorny brambles

Today’s addicted person may well be saving lives tomorrow, on the front lines against the many tragedies happening in America today

4 Responses

    1. Thanks so much, glad you found the article helpful. Many of us who overcame addiction find true meaning from passing along what others so generously gave us. Your kind words mean a lot

  1. You could definitely see your expertise in the work you write. The world hopes for more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to say how they believe. Always follow your heart. Ilyse August Marsland

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