Author Elizabeth Burton-Taylor Shares a Painful Time in Her Life When She Hit “Rock Bottom”

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New Book reveals the consequences of drug abuse and a woman’s quest for healing

Drug abuse continues to be an alarming concern for many countries. Aside from the health consequences of this dilemma, criminal involvement is also a very likely implication. In fact, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics website,, “In 2002 about a quarter of convicted property and drug offenders in local jails had committed their crimes to get money for drugs, compared to 5% of violent and public order offenders.” Readers will have a glimpse of the reality and effects of drug abuse in the harrowing book, Rock Bottom. Written by Elizabeth Burton-Taylor, this is a firsthand account of her descent into the pit of illegal drugs and crime.

In August 1988, while incarcerated, Burton-Taylor began writing a book that would give light to a very dark and chaotic time in her life. The author shares that each page was written by hand, numbered and then mailed five pages at a time to her mother. The events, emotions and recollections she had from her tempestuous past are now crystallized in the pages of her autobiographical work, Rock Bottom. The book is nothing short of daring and poignant, with revelations of how the author became ensnared in a vicious cycle of theft and drug abuse and how her lifestyle threatened to destroy the lives of the people she loved.

Burton-Taylor’s story is not just about the destructive consequences of drug abuse to her life and the people around her; it is one of hope and a woman’s painful quest for total healing and transformation. Interspersed gripping realizations and flashbacks, there is much to learn and experience from Rock Bottom.

Rock Bottom will be featured at the New York Library Association Book Exhibit in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on November 2-5, 2011 and at the California School Library Book Exhibit in Pasadena, Calif., on November 11-14, 2011.

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About the Author
Ms. Burton – Taylor was born and raised in Waukegan, IL. She has six children and ten grandchildren that are the light of her life. She comes from being a hard core drug addict to a respected addictions counselor. Her dream is to own a farm where she can raise some horses, not too far from the city.

Rock Bottom * by Elizabeth Burton-Taylor
Publication Date: October 27, 2011
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 137 pages; 978-1-4653-5477-8
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 137 pages; 978-1-4653-5478-5
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4653-5479-2

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