Running Away From Meby David Allan Reeves
"Running Away From Me” is a must read book for anyone suffering from addiction or has a loved one suffering from this disease. David's depiction of his constant struggles is all too familiar of those that have started down this road of destruction. It is my belief that nobody starts using drugs with the expectation of becoming an addict. The progression from having a good time to using to survive is a slippery slope that most people have difficulty in comprehending. I am fortunate to work with addicts. Those that are able to rehabilitate become productive members of our society. Because of the stigma associated with addiction most people don't get the help that they or a loved one needs. The field of addiction has always encouraged those in recovery to protect their anonymity. Unfortunately by doing so our successes have been minimized and failures magnified. If you see yourself or someone you love heading down the same path as David don't believe that it "won't happen to you". The consequences of addiction are all too real. I commend David for being brutally honest and hope that others may learn from his experiences." George Crisco, Executive Director of “The Friary”.
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I've read quite a few books on addiction and recovery over the past years. Once in a while there is one that just "hits me" in a special way. This is one of those books. I didn't want it to end. And I certainly want to follow David as he continues his amazing journey of recovery. The thing that really hit home to me was the way David's story began . . . no abuse, no trauma, no neglect or divorce. His story, like that of many others illustrates the insidiousness of addiction and how it creeps into a person's life and takes hold with a vengeance. "I can never sit back and say that I've completely recovered from my addiction. It has been with me for so long that it now defines who I am." ~David Allan Reeves Written with brutal honesty and passion, David illustrates the reality of how strong this obsession can be. The way it completely takes over a person's entire life. . . mentally, physically and spiritually is mind-boggling. The reader follows him from his casual use, to resorting to actions that would previously have been unthinkable. As we journey with David we learn firsthand of his struggles and life-lessons. On the circle of addiction: "More pain equals more drugs equals more pain equals more drugs, ad infinitum." On his many relapses: "What is wrong with me? Do I have a split personality or something? Am I Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? I'm a walking contradiction . . . I'm strong and I'm weak. I'm smart, but I act stupid. I want to quit and I want to use. I have a demon and an angel on my shoulders, and they take turns controlling my thoughts and actions." On learning to deal with life: "I was incapable of dealing with life on life's terms. Life is a series of ups and downs, and I reached for the highs and was unskilled to deal with the lows. There is no above without a below, no light without darkness, and no good without bad. I had to learn to accept it and deal with it." On hitting bottom: "For the first ten years I didn't think I had a problem and saw no reason to quit. For the second ten years I knew I had a problem. But even after several attempts to quit, I couldn't do it. For the first ten years, drug use was fun and exciting. For the second ten years it was pure hell on earth. For the first ten years, I could have quit if I wanted to. For the second ten years, it was too late." I believe this book is perfect for those looking to really understand what it is like to be in the grip of addiction-particularly for family members and friends of an alcoholic/addict. I would caution that giving this book to your addict to read may not be the best idea. The graphic description of drug use, thoughts and feelings before, during and after using are so well-written, vivid and real-too real for a recovering addict to read. Lastly, the best thing about this story is that it gives families and friends hope. David says it best: "That small sliver of hope has grown into a volcano of joy, and if I can rebound from the pit of hell I was in, I believe anyone can. Saying I was hooked is
This book is a must read for persons who are addicted to alcohol or drugs or have a family member or friend who has this affliction. The author is brutally honest and his story is so engrossing that once you pick up this book and start reading you can not put it down. He gives hope to others who are in what they think is a hopeless situation. Follow the author as he goes from his suicide mission to a life filled with hope and soberiety.
I could not put this book down. I was amazed that one could go through so much and still be with us. I will make sure that all of my children read this when they are at an appropiate age. I hope that David realizes how lucky he is to be alive. I truly believe that he has a special purpose in life. I wish him the best. 2012 will be here before he knows it. I would certainly read any other books that Mr. Reeves writes. I would love to know his thoughts and feelings as his release date approaches.