Surviving Sixty-Three Years of Addiction and Borderline Personality Disorder: A Tale of Despair and Redemption

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The vestiges of addiction and mental illness are rarely on a young person's mind; without warmth and love, seeds planted in a fertile child's psyche can become unruly weeds that can choke the life out of their soul. "Destiny of Detours", a novel by Amy Lee Allison, is such a story.

"Destiny of Detours" is a novel by Amy L. Allison about a woman plagued with addiction and Borderline Personality Disorder [BPD]. From conception into her sixth decade, the story follows the twists and turns of her heartbreaking life. The link to "Destiny of Detours" including a summary, the book's cover, and ordering is

This literary novel is an intimately revealing book that focuses on the protagonist’s highly dysfunctional childhood, her encounters with self-provoked and often disparaging situations, and her wayward journey through life with no moral compass. Her self-esteem was continually trampled due to her knack for poor decision-making leaving little possibility of having a healthy sense of “self.”

This book will help the reader better understand themselves, a loved one, or a friend who wrestles with addiction that may be coupled with mental illness. BPD affects 11.8 million people in the United States. Research shows that 70% of those with BPD engage in addictive activities to excess such as alcohol, drugs, food, sex, spending and gambling. Over seven million alcoholics have psychiatric disorders; 2.2 million people are specifically afflicted with a diagnosis of alcoholism and BPD. Statistics are derived from several internet articles as displayed on Ms. Allison's research website: "Borderline Personality Disorder - A Webquest".

Ms. Allison’s personal experiences with recovery from alcoholism (since August 1989), and being faced with her own Borderline diagnosis (in 2004) were the blueprint that allowed her, with eerie conviction, to attest to the emotions of the main character in her book

It is a tale -- filled with anger, hate, shame, guilt, depression, disappointment, regret, recovery, hope, enlightenment and redemption -- that will provoke the reader to experience a myriad of emotions as the protagonist’s life unfolds line by line, paragraph after paragraph, and chapter after chapter.

Ms. Allison’s bio is at, where her interview on BPD with WXXI’s “Second Opinion” show appears. Clicking on “Amy Allison” under “Panelists” on the right will yield her bio. The episode on BPD was taped in June 2016 and was aired in 250 markets in the U.S. during 2016-2017.

In 2009 she created an exhaustive webquest dealing with BPD that examines in depth the complicated facets of this debilitating disease: Her first book (2010) was a meditation book entitled "Prepare for the Harvest" for those dealing with addiction and/or mental illness. More about "Harvest" and how to order can be found at

Ms. Allison may be contacted via email at: destiny(at)alawebpages(dot)com, as well as through her webquest above.

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