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 the daughter of a physician and a school teacher voted most likely to succeed who overcomes the top, life-threatening addictions people face. Addicts struggling to get help because of the stigma of addiction will connect to these powerful vignettes.
By Cate Stevens
Very few memoirs deal with the complexity of multiple dependencies and the path to freedom from them. Addictionland is such a memoir. You will be moved by the author's raw and inspiring story to full recovery.
Christopher Lawford Kennedy, Activist, Actor and New York Times bestselling author of Symptoms of Withdrawal, Moment of Clarity, and Recover to Live
Addictionland is a "must read" for anyone whose success has been motivated by the whipping stick of perfectionism. This is the portrait of a 20th century woman's journey through darkness and into light. Written with courage, honesty and humor, I could not put it down. A night's worth sleep lost, but it was well worth it.
Patty Powers, nationally recognized certified recovery coach and writer featured on A&E's hit TV show Relapse
Cate's experiences are heart-breaking, painful, horrific, true, and beautifully written. I hope that all the Cates out there named Sally or Steve who are suffering right now as Cate did then get a chance to read this memoir and realize there is a way out.
Seth Jaffee, nationally recognized interventionist and sober coach featured on A&E's TV shows Intervention and Relapse
There is something here for everyone. 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, find humor in even the grimmest situations, and have the optimism that living life in day-tight compartments will save your life.
Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP, internationally-known coach, TED speaker, and author of Creating Your Best Life and My Name is Caroline
We know today addiction is a brain disorder. The exquisite and soulful stories here translate the science of addiction to the human side of addictive disease. Anyone who thinks they have heard this story before is mistaken. This book is hard to put down once begun.
Marty Lerner, Ph.D., Clinical Director of Milestones Eating Disorders Program
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 purchase the paperback or kindle version at Amazon.com. Amazon Prime Members can borrow this book for free on a Kindle Device with Amazon Prime.
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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