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Addicts and alcoholics are locked into addiction not only by their painful past and distressing present, but equally their bleak view of the future (Mate, 2013). The definition of stigma is 'a distinguishing mark of social disgrace' Yet the epidemic continues to rise with death, incarceration, and hopelessness. I am determined to lift the fallen, restore the broken, let go of what you cannot change, and I am so much more than my circumstances.The most liberating and empowering day of my life was the day I freed myself from my own destructive nonsense. I had to leave almost every aspect of my life behind including many people. Spiritual family-not biological was a key part of this experience.We can no longer tolerate or accept secrecy, shame and silence. Recovery is possible. I celebrated 26 years this past January and obtained my Masters (MA) degree in study of human behavior. I have worked in many rehab's and hospitals around the country. We can and do recover. Just for today-I will be vigilant doing everything necessary to guard my recovery. Have a look and see all that it took to get here and what continues to work-and what does not work. Your part of the problem or part of the solution. We will no longer accept or tolerate secrecy and shame. .
on Sep. 21, 2015 :
With Vigilance-A Woman in Long Term Recovery by Christine Campbell
Approximately 90% of alcoholics experiences relapse. With these kinds of statistics it takes a woman With Vigilance to overcome those odds! Like the whack-a-mole game Christine beats back every obstacle put in her path….and they are non-stop! At times it’s hard to read and yet Christine is so very inspiring as she ‘works the program’….Bill W. would be proud. Extremely inspiring!
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on July 30, 2015 :
Chris Campbell thank you for sharing your story! Thank you for being an inspiration to my recovery. You did party like a rock star and it didn't work for you, but the Foley House did! Your presence and story gave me the willingness and desire (I didn't have at that time) to be open and honest and accept sobriety and know that it is possible to stay sober and live life without alcohol & cocaine. I am forever grateful to you. Thank you!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon
on April 12, 2015 :
WOW! What a story and life of addiction and triumph in recovery! I could so relate to Christine, her raw honest look into ones life after such damage and devastation, her story and inspirational recovery journey is going to 'touch and save' many lives.
It can be difficult to write about ones bad life choices we make within our disease, but Christine has proved sharing her own story, that no matter how "Hopeless" we can be within addictions? We can Recover if your willing to do the work, as I call it, . . "The inside Job" within ourselves to fix, change, and make amends to others, but importantly to yourself.
I would highly recommend this book for all to read, not just those in recovery, but for non-recovery people as well. They will get understanding of how hard it is to recover. Especially when we have no family who don't support us. I was very inspired by this book. . . .Great Job and well written Christine!
Catherine Townsend-Lyon, Author & Recovery Advocate
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)
on Jan. 15, 2015 :
Wow...Sit down, lower the safety bar and get ready to experience he ride of your life . I have never before experienced a story that can put your stomach in knots, your heart in your throat, tears in your eyes, along with joy and laughter at every turn of this true story! I don't think anyone that has never been addicted can truly understand this disease but reading this story reveals the toxins that can be absorbed by children in dysfunctional situations that affect them long before substance abuse becomes the way to attempt to cope. No one is spared in this honest and frank story of a survivor that avoided becoming a victim of her incredible life... A salute to all warriors!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Oct. 05, 2014 :
This is raw honesty, such a good read that I read it in just a few days. There is much to be learned from someone who has been through so much, addiction, loss, homeless, yet always found the courage and strength that I admire. Just that she chose to share her story with the world, in hopes that it may help someone else. A story I will keep and read again. Well worth the cost. Money well spent for me.
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)
on Sep. 30, 2014 :
Chris' story is worth reading. She is an excellent example of going to any length to stay sober. She is brutally honest in her description of the deadly disease of addiction, and the no-nonsense approach to making sobriety THE priority if the addict is going to have a life at all. We travel many paths to learn these universal truths. Her's is an interesting one, and it is more-so because of the example she continues to set, and the hope she gives those still struggling.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)