ADDICTIONLAND: Key Lessons from My Rollercoaster Ride to Freedom from Food, Drug, Alcohol, Cigarette and Unhealthy Relationship Addiction. Now available!

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. 

By Cate Stevens

From the Foreword by Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP

Not only is Cate an exceptional writer, the vignettes she has selected to tell her story of innocent experimentation with mood-changing substances, and the dark places it ultimately took her, show how one mistake can lead to another, much the way a sweater can unravel with one dropped stitch. Addiction is subtle, yet terrifying, and nothing demonstrates that better than seeing where Cate was in her teens with low self-esteem and dieting, to desperately crawling on a shag rug within a few years, looking for specks of cocaine in the chapter “Moment of Clarity.”

What makes this memoir especially powerful and essential reading is that just as Cate's life unraveled with drugs, alcohol, unfulfilling sex and other activities with a few dropped stitches, she exhibited the same steady pattern in recovery. A life-changing spiritual experience gave her the foundation to begin the process of self-love, and she gradually knitted a tapestry of recovery that included changing her circle of friends, dropping her addictions one by one, making amends, healing family rifts, spending introspective time with mental health professionals, and experiencing the transformative love that comes from self-acceptance, a committed relationship and the birth of a child.

There is something for everyone here. Regardless of what you struggle with or want to understand to help someone you love, this book shows you how to take one step at a time, never quit, develop resilience, find humor in even the grimmest situations, and have the optimism that living life in day-tight compartments will save your life.

This book satisfies the most important prerequisite for a recovery memoir: it creates hope. Hope theory states that when people have the belief that they can author self-change, they think and behave differently. They develop more zest, they conceptualize many ways to succeed, and then they persist longer in their efforts to get what they want. You cannot read this book without seeing that there is always a way to overcome your addictions, and that you can create the life that brings you optimal joy.

Look inside the book and browse the chapters at Amazon.com. Amazon Prime Members can borrow this book for free on a Kindle Device with Amazon Prime.

Addictionland: The Book

Look inside the book and browse the chapters at Amazon.com. Amazon Prime Members can borrow this book for free on a Kindle Device with Amazon Prime.

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