Hello and Welcome Recovery Friends and Visitors,
"It's has been some time since I have posted an update about all the 'happenings' that I have been involved with in regards to my recovery from gambling addiction, sharing a little about my mental health challenges, and my recovery writing. I really try hard to get over here and blog for all of you as often as I can. So I thought, with all the new "hats" I have been wearing lately, I would bring you all up to date. Lol.
So I will start by sharing my new and improved Author Bio which explains some of the new and exciting things that have been "blessings" and new opportunities in my recovery journey. I feel sharing is a way to show that when you work hard on your recovery, the rewards can be many!"
Catherine Townsend-Lyon is the best selling TKG author of her shocking debut book titled; "Addicted To Dimes, Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat." Both are an in-depth raw, and without prose look inside gambling addiction as she takes readers on a journey of other topics that 'touched' her life, starting as a little girl into adulthood. Some children are not raised in an "angelic environment." Book is available in paperback and ebook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Addicted Minds.
She had taken a dark path, trying to elude the past childhood pain of those traumatic events. She began using gambling as a coping skill and escape into a "dream world" to forget, if only for a few hours from the haunting memories of her childhood sex abuse, parental verbal and physical abuse, and lived with undiagnosed mental/emotional illness for years. Shaping the "perfect storm, she became addicted to gambling. And toward the end alcohol abuse. Gambling, a form of fun and entertainment became her worst nightmare and almost took her life, twice.
Now in recovery nearly ten years, Catherine has become well known in the addiction/recovery communities and is a loud advocate of gambling addiction, mental health, and advocates to stop expansions of Indian Casinos and State Lottery offerings across America. She has been a recovery guest on several 'blog talk and radio' shows sharing her message and advocacy, and she has a large social media and blog following.
Catherine's featured in many media and recovery publications like Columbia University's media release article through the 2x2 Project.org ~"Gambling with America's Health." And most recently for "Time Magazine online coming in Sept 2016." She currently writes a column for " In Recovery Magazine " ~The Author's Cafe" and is a freelance writer for " Keys To Recovery Newspaper "
She is also an "Expert Gambling Recovery Blogger" for "Addictionland," of Founder/Author, Cate Stevens along with other recovery experts along like Christopher Lawford Kennedy and Patty Powers.
Catherine currently lives in sunny Arizona and So. Oregon. She is married to her husband, Tom for 27 years. She is a 'Cat Lover' and has three, Miss Princess, Mr. Boots, and Simon Peter. She enjoys reading, cooking, gardening, and swimming. She owns and runs an online book promotions business called: " Lyon Book Promotions and promotes for many authors across social media. She is currently finishing her second and third books due out late 2016 and early 2017.
Catherine can be reached by email: LyonMedia@aol.com
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So that is a little of what I have been up to. I also still blog my recovery journey over on my own blog which has also blossomed now with more posts, featured "Hot Recovery Books" list and Guest Interviews and Articles. So stop there anytime: Gambling Recovery Starts Here. I am happy to see more sites and publications now including Gambling Addiction as a feature and gives me a new platform to raise awareness and educate the public about the dangers of this addiction and Real Disease. Until next post recovery friends!
Be Blessed and ODAAT! "-) *Cat Lyon* XO