My latest book, 49 Tips and Insights for Understanding Addiction has been named a finalist for the 2016 NM Book Awards in the self-help category. Needless to say, I am both psyched and humbled for this recognition; I never thought any book I’d write would actually become a finalist for any award. When I was shopping the book, no one wanted to touch it because I did market it as “self-help.” The thing is, no one can really save another from the darkness of Addiction. Contrary to what those of us in the helping professions think, there’s little therapy can do if someone doesn’t find the motivation inside his or her own soul. As a matter of fact, over 75% of people who find recovery from an addiction do so without ANY form of formal treatment.
Which is why I wrote the book in the first place: I wanted to create a tool through which a person struggling with substance abuse would find his or her own path towards health. Really, the most challenging parts of the book to write were the questions at the end of each section. I wanted readers to challenge themselves and really formulate their own perception and actions about addiction and recovery because there really isn’t anything anyone can do to “change” or “save” another person. We are each responsible for our own soul and if we don’t act towards our own health, really, no one’s coming to save us.
I’m reminded of that lesson each time I’ve found myself in a situation where I’ve maybe gone a bit too far for my own good. For example, I’ve often run too deep into the forest for my phone to work, without enough water, and really uncertain of my location. My mind starts playing tricks on me. Thoughts like, “I’m probably going to find my way out this time” fill my head and I start wishing and hoping that someone would come along and carry me out of the woods. But no one comes. My only real hope is to dig deep inside of myself and press forward until I find the place from which I began. Really, I have to help myself.
So that my book was named a finalist for an award in a category I very much believe in is an honor that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Of course, I’d like to win, but really, it is a privilege and an honor that an organization would see enough merit in my work to elevate it for an award. We can all find our own truth; books like mine are simply tolls for that can help frame our perspective and energy towards that truth….