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The drug-fuelled dance party (rave) scene has been going on around the world for over twenty years, and is now a regular part of life for countless people, from school kids up to middle-aged adults. It contributes significantly to the social problem of excessive drug use and addiction. The result is a widespread phenomenon of mental and physical damage, with only one avenue for long-term ‘peace’ available to those who survive—the doctor’s legal drugs.
Hailing from the wrong side of the tracks—his life an aimless mix of violence, petty crime, intoxication and reckless bravado—the author, Paul Eldridge, was instantly entranced by the dance party scene. It was love at first sight of the pumping, surreal crowd; love at first bite of a magical ecstasy pill. Just like for so many others, this scene became the driving force in his life—the focus of his time, money and lifestyle. He loved it, and it loved him back. Before long, he found himself among the chiefs of the tribe, DJing at major parties in Australia and across Asia. With his music, drugs, sculpted physique and ‘let’s party’ attitude, he had it all. It was the ultimate ride of anyone’s lifetime, until, like all parties, this one came to an end—with an almighty jolt!
While on the island of Bali, Paul remembered hearing about a healing practice at the foot of the island’s majestic volcano, and for some reason he jumped in a taxi and went there. The locals there took him in, and the man who ran it, while knowing nothing whatsoever about Paul, somehow knew exactly what he needed. On that day, Paul’s life changed forever.
Sex, Drugs and Techno speaks directly to the youth culture of yesterday and of today, in all its hedonism. The author’s journey as a former international DJ reaches out to those caught up in that hypnotic world.
Faced with the crushing discovery that his drug-induced mental state could only be healed with medication—possibly for life—it’s his incredible, unorthodox healing journey that takes us where countless drug users yearn to be—a place beyond the rehab clinics and doctors’ suites.
on April 09, 2010 :
I've read many a book re; an individual's journey through the dark to emerge into lightness and this book is a journey through the corridor of a mind blocked by many doors and then opened to reveal a spirit that had been lying in hibernation and awakened with awe and a new awareness of what the soul is capable of. I read this book and could picture any one of my friends or myself on the very same path. Sex, drugs and Techno go hand in hand in so many ways and I found myself really wanting Paul to push through his demons and find life again. I would recommend this book if you have been there and done that.
(reviewed the day of purchase)