Debbie Petrie Shares Her Husband’s Battle with Addiction in New Book

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‘Tom’s Story’ provides inspirational insider look at recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol.

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Even if ‘Tom’s Story’ touches just one life it will be all worthwhile. - Debbie Petrie

According to Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.), more than 2,000,000 men and women call themselves members of this unique, worldwide fellowship of people who meet to attain and maintain sobriety. “Tom's Story: Don't Believe The Lie” (published by Trafford Publishing), chronicles one man’s heartbreaking journey through A.A.’s 12 step recovery program by means of his recovery journals, published posthumously by his wife, Debbie Petrie.

After Tom’s suicide, Debbie compiled his journals, hoping to offer inspiration to others suffering from and struggling with their addictions. Tom’s journals depict his great effort, and success, as he works through A.A.’s 12 step program. This insider’s perspective of the fight for freedom from addiction has a shocking ending that reminds readers not to think they can go back for just one more high.

A review from the U.S. Review of Books of “Tom’s Story”:

“It is worth the effort to absorb the sense of honesty and urgency in the words of a man who believes he is writing for no eyes but his own. While Tom didn't achieve the long life he hoped for, there is no reason why the next Tom can't. Published so others can see how well he was doing while he was sober, Tom's Story can provide ample inspiration for anyone fighting the same battle.”

"Even if ‘Tom’s Story’ touches just one life,” Debbie says, “it will be all worthwhile."

“Tom's Story”
By Debbie Petrie
Softcover | 5 x 8 in | 108 pages | ISBN 9781426981739
E-Book | 108 pages | ISBN 9781426982163
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Tom earned his licensed practical nurse qualification from Dartmouth Regional Vocational School. He met his wife, Debbie, while living in Victoria, British Columbia. They have a son named Devon.

Debbie Petrie spent many years in therapy and 12 step programs, working to better herself. Since Tom’s passing, she has become a Christian and worked in resident care for the elderly.

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