San Diego, CA (PRWEB) January 31, 2012
Robert Hayward, Certified drug and alcohol counselor and author of The Thirteenth Step: One Man’s Odyssey of Recovery (Native Son Publishers, 2011) teaches Native American groups, warning of the health dangers of turning away from ancestral roots, traditions and rituals through his illustrative presentations to live audiences, recovery and treatment centers and through his groundbreaking book The Thirteenth Step. "The descriptions and authentic depiction of the Native American Church Ceremony written in minute-by-minute detail in my book is epic because it is the first time approval has been given to reveal these sacred rituals," Hayward states, adding that "before this book, depictions of the sacred Ceremony were distorted and exaggerated for entertainment purposes."
“Many Native American’s live unhealthy lifestyles leading to alcoholism and addiction, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and other diseases that are preventable with appropriate treatment, education, and a return to healthier lifestyles. Native Americans are not aware that many popular eating and drinking habits in today’s culture can be especially dangerous for them, and treatments aligned with historic roots can be healing and cathartic” Hayward reports.
Sober for 12 years, Hayward became certified as a drug and alcohol counselor in the hopes of helping the unprecedented number of other Native Americans suffering from preventable diseases and addictions. “In the Native American population, the alcoholism rate alone is 510% higher than the American average. One in ten Native American deaths are alcohol related according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26439767/ns/health-addictions/t/native-american-deaths-alcohol-related/). This is unacceptable, and preventable. Through education I hope to assist the Native American population learn to change their social perceptions of alcohol as unsafe. It is my mission to teach children the dangers before addictions set in,” Hayward says.
For Hayward, that road to recovery began when he connected with his ancestral roots. The author was not aware of his Native American roots during his formative years. After a 25- year addiction to alcohol and drugs, hopes of recovery had long ago been lost. On a whim, after connecting with Native American friends, Hayward purchased a tipi, having no idea a Native American Church Ceremony was part of the ‘deal’. When asked the purpose of the ceremony by the tipi makers, Hayward mentioned addiction healing, having no hope or belief that success could follow. What happened next in Hayward’s life is chronicled, minute by minute, and with permission of the Native American Church, and written about for the first time in recorded history through his book The Thirteenth Step, (Native Son Publishers, 2011). “I had no idea that the kindle of hope would be lit with my own ancestral connections, passed along through generations, but lost in tradition and ceremony in my own family, until the fateful and almost accidental event.
Robert Hayward studied Art and Design at Laguna College. Robert graduated from Palomar College with a Certification as a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor. Robert is a motivational and educational public speaker, specializing in Native American History and Spirituality, addiction and alcoholism, and recovery and spiritual awareness. For more information about the book visit http://www.thethirteenthstep.com. For interview, book review, or to book speaking engagements contact Inspired Media/Diane Dennis/dianeden(at)centurytel(dot)net