|About the Book|
My name is Amy and I am a recovering heroin addict. Drug addiction is plaguing our society like wild fire, it is beginning at younger ages and it is on the rise. Lives have been destroyed by all forms of mind altering substance abuse, prescriptionMoreMy name is Amy and I am a recovering heroin addict. Drug addiction is plaguing our society like wild fire, it is beginning at younger ages and it is on the rise. Lives have been destroyed by all forms of mind altering substance abuse, prescription drugs abuse, street drugs and alcoholism. Possibly you or a loved one has been affected by drugs and alcohol and that is why you are taking a look at this book. The feeling of being a prisoner to addiction, suffering from the chains that bind you to the drug, is debilitating but the chains can be broken. Today you can break those chains by realizing you have a deadly disease and make the decision to recover by treating it. The decision to flip through this book may cause the seed to be planted and give that glimmer of the possibility there may be hope. There is no known cure for addiction but there are treatments which you will find information on in this book. It begins with a decision to get clean and to do something about your disease of addiction. Recovery was offered to me through other recovering addicts, reading books on recovery, self help groups and most importantly the lessons I have learned through Narcotics Anonymous and life experience. I combined all of these experiences together and wrote this book for myself. I had a detailed account and a reference guide to return to again and again whenever I needed help. After my grandmother, Dorothy Alicia Farmiloe, a published author and retired English Professor, edited my draft, she insisted I should share the book. I began to think this book could be useful for other addicts trying to find recovery and not just heroin addicts. This book can help people from all kinds of addictions. It can help someone understand addition from an addict’s point of view if they have a loved one in active addiction or recovery. It can even help people dealing with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. Throughout the book I have tried to link certain words, medications, ideas or programs to a specific page on a website so you do not have to navigate around or waste time searching for more information on something. I also added a link back to the table of contents at the end of each chapter. The beauty of this book I think is that it does not have to be read cover to cover. It has 29 chapters and each chapter is a topic. It can be applied to all walks of life not just addicts. For example, chapters 13 and 14 are about breathing correctly and relaxation techniques, chapter 21 is on meditation for beginners. There are chapters on self esteem, spirituality vs. religion, living a healthy lifestyle. It not only applies to a wide variety of addictions but a wide variety of people who are trying to better their lives as well. I have used examples from my life and other anonymous addicts to show how these techniques have bettered our lives. I have, in some places, used humor. Although there is nothing funny about the deadly disease of addiction it helps to lighten the hearts and minds of those struggling with a little chuckle here and there. The way I did it was to remark on situations that most addicts have encountered before and turned it into a humorous story. One story actually helped me admit something I had done wrong while in active addiction that includes a breaking and entering crime committed against a loved one to retrieve something out of the heating vent. At least she laughed when she read about it and I relieved some guilt I had been carrying all these years. Through coping exercises, skill building, goal setting and much more, a journey can begin through early recovery that will be the most important changes you will ever make in your life. This book is set up to give you some of the tools needed to start a successful road to the ultimate goal of freedom from active drug addiction and a better life. I am no expert but I am experienced. I hope you find this book as useful as other recovering addicts and myself have.