Walking Out the Other Side: An Addict's Journey from Loneliness to Life

Walking Out the Other Side: An Addict's Journey from Loneliness to Life

by Alan S Charles

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Overview

“So many people share about seeing me go in and out of the program over the years, how heartbreaking it was, thinking I would die before I got well. They talk about how I am living proof no one is ever too far gone to get clean. The common theme is: if Alan can get sober, anyone can get sober.”

Walking Out the Other Side is the story of a journey from childhood to adulthood, from addiction to sobriety, from fearing life to living joyfully. Join Alan S. Charles through the dramatic ups and downs of his life from an adventurous childhood to the tragic early death of his father and his traumatic home life with a mentally ill brother and depressed mother.

Watch Alan’s attempts to overcome his past through professional sports—baseball and harness racing—and then a high profile career in sales. Plummet with him into a twenty-four-year cycle of cocaine addiction and recovery. Before it’s over, his addiction will destroy his aspirations and relationships and almost kill him. Yet he will walk out the other side.

Anyone who has experienced addiction will relate to Alan’s story. Anyone struggling with recovery will find hope in these pages. Anyone with addicted friends or family will get a clear picture of how the addict’s mind works and how they can best cope with their loved one’s behavior while practicing hard love to protect themselves.

Walking Out the Other Side is a cathartic read that will leave you laughing, crying, breathless, grateful, and maybe even believing in miracles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996830607
Publisher: Walking Out the Other Side
Publication date: 10/01/2015
Pages: 338
Sales rank: 928,997
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Alan S. Charles has lived a remarkable, diverse, and full life. From playing professional baseball to being a professional harness racing driver and singing with Barry Manilow at Radio City Music Hall, he's rarely known a dull moment. After his playing career, Alan was a successful businessman, quarterbacking multi-million dollar sales campaigns. The world seemed to be at his fingertips, but eventually, the pain of his dysfunctional upbringing caught up with him. Seeking relief from his lifelong feelings of anxiety and loneliness, he became addicted to cocaine, which ultimately caused him to lose it all. Then, after years of being in and out of rehab and battling his inner demons, Alan got clean and sober. Today, he is the doting father of two daughters as he takes life one day at a time.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - The Basement
Chapter 2 - A Knot in the Stomach
Chapter 3 - Yonkers Raceway
Chapter 4 - The University of Tampa
Chapter 5 - Baseball in the Dominican Republic
Chapter 6 - Connecticut
Chapter 7 - Harness Racing
Chapter 8 - Feeling Trapped
Chapter 9 - Hitting a Wall
Chapter 10 - Insanity
Chapter 11 - Rehab and Back
Chapter 12 - Intervention
Chapter 13 - "I Want To Get My Life Back"
Chapter 14 - Don't Give Up Before the Miracle

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