Drug Addict Overcomes 20 Years of Substance Abuse

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Ed Houston’s New book showcases difficult journey from addiction to freedom and success

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Addiction is the blight of many, taking full control over their actions and promoting a feeling of inescapability. In his new autobiography Reflections in Recovery: The Attributes of Being Average (published by iUniverse), Ed Houston pens his inspiring story as an ex-addict, now ten years clean, and the journey he took to freedom.

Reflections in Recovery takes readers along Houston’s battle with drug and alcohol abuse – an addict for over 20 years. He describes how a so-called, “regular guy,” who started young with high hopes and promising dreams, succumbed to the subtlety of his addiction.

“I had to change everything about me. I began to see what had always been the problem in the past whenever I had tried to stop drinking and using. I would abstain from drugs and alcohol for a short period, but I would continue to be in the same places, do the same things, hang with the same people, and have the same perceptions and reactions to external stimuli, a.k.a., life”.- Ed Houston

Initially, Houston didn’t set out to write a book, but was determined to discover how he was able to find himself. “This time I was serious about my sobriety and I needed to understand what to look out for so I wouldn’t make those same mistakes again,” tells Houston. “I wrote it down so I could look at where I went wrong. Later, I realized I may be able to help someone and keep them from forfeiting 20 years of their life for an illusion like I had.”

Houston highlights how through God, and the help of Alcoholics Anonymous programs, he was able to see the light and turn his life around, becoming a practicing MSW (Master of Social Work). Reflections in Recovery will encourage and inspire those suffering from alcoholism and drug abuse that they too can find an escape.

About the Author
Ten years ago, Ed Houston was homeless and a full-time heroin addict with a hundred-dollar-a-day habit. Today, Houston has been free of drugs and alcohol for 10 years. He enrolled at Los Angeles City College in 1996 and graduated with an Associate of Arts degree in psychology in 1999. He is past vice-president and president of the Cal State Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers. He graduated from Cal State Los Angeles with a B.A., and a Master of Social Work degree.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Chapters Indigo in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on BarnesandNoble.com. iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit iuniverse.com or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniverse on Twitter.

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