Loving Lions: A guide for families struggling with addiction:

Loving Lions: A guide for families struggling with addiction:

by Michael J Wilson Jr


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Loving Lions provides readers with a first-hand glimpse into the darkness and confusion of addiction. The author provides a gripping detailed description of his journey through both his active addiction, and the recovery process that eventually led him back to his family and to his future.

Loving Lions provides readers with a glimpse into the darkness and confusion of addiction, both from the addict's perspective and the family's experience. The author provides a detailed description of his journey through active addiction, and the recovery process that led him back to his family, and to his future as the founder of Baystate Recovery Services, providing services to families struggling with a loved one's addiction.

The author uses a combination of relatable stories and raw, descriptive details of active addiction to highlight the conflicting feelings that addicts and their families face, from compassion and empathy to fear and confusion. He will take you on a tour through the family system from the perspective of an addict, providing insight on what may need to change in order to truly provide help and support for someone in that position. His approach will help you redefine, and possibly reconsider, your approach toward addiction.

Loving Lions is a genuine and emotional journey, and a must-read for anyone who loves an addict. The practical tools and overall insights are invaluable in the fight to help someone struggling with addiction issues.

Loving Lions is an essential resource for families and friends of addicts, and for professionals in the recovery field.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538091685
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 08/01/2018
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 222,344
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Michael Wilson was born in Brunswick, Maine in 1976. He currently works and resides in his life-long hometown of Beverly, Massachusetts with his amazing children and his extended family. Michael spent many of his younger and more formative years in active addiction - struggling with his various unsuccessful attempts at “sobriety”. His experiences throughout those years, and the recovery process that eventually led him to get well and change his life, has become the foundation for his work with families in the community and nationwide.

Michael’s service work in his hometown of Beverly began in 2008, and includes various supportive and leadership roles in coalitions and a local substance abuse task force. His passion for helping families drove him to carve out a new set of services for families in his area, paving the way for more family-focused work to be available regarding addiction and recovery.

The personal touch that he provides for each family is often met with a sigh of relief that someone is listening and finally understands what is happening to them. The services that he has created and provided are often seen as a beacon of hope for families who had previously been left feeling hopeless and confused in their attempts to navigate a fractured system that was not set up to meet their growing needs.

Michael found a way to bridge that gap, and fill that void. He offers his insights and experience through a variety of mediums, including support groups and speaking engagements. He is always looking for new ways to be involved with, and be a part of, the solution!

Michael was the founder and executive director of Renewed Hope Project, a local non-profit organization geared toward providing services and community supports for families struggling with addiction between 2009 - 2014. In 2014 he transitioned to Co-Owner and Director of Family Services for Baystate Recovery Services, LLC.

His company currently operates in Beverly, MA and provides a variety of family-focused and individual services, each dedicated to helping address the addiction issues that families are facing across the country. In addition, Michael is now providing education, training, and certification for other professionals and individuals seeking to build on, and add to, their existing knowledge in this field. These training's are his attempt to bring solution-based services and lasting change to struggling families nationwide.

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