Living in a world clouded with shadowy images of what constitutes a real man caused John to suffer from misguided perceptions for years. Although he meant well, reactions to his “reality” always led to disasters in every area of his life. He was incarcerated and didn’t know it. Untreated alcoholism and addiction have the only prison cells on the planet where the keys to escape are located on the inside… Follow John’s voyage of recovery as he navigates a myriad of adversities – some would stop people in their tracks – in efforts to become the person he always wanted to be but didn’t know how…
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Throughout most of my over 29 years of sobriety, I've been in the chemical dependency field both as a counselor and a grant writer. I have dedicated my life to helping others become sober. I have made contributions to treatment centers through Rule 62 Fundraising, a non-profit organization I founded in 2004 in Cleveland, Ohio.
My intention was to continue Rule 62 efforts when my wife, Kandy and I moved to Daytona Beach, Florida in 2012. A recent life-altering event occurred which did not allow me to continue this work. It did, however, lead me to fulfill a personal endeavor to write a book about overcoming life adversities while on my own journey of recovery from alcohol and drug addiction.
My wife and I relocated back to the Cleveland area in February 2016.
I scanned the horizon as Tom and I were getting our wet suits on. I was excited because I knew that today was the day I was going to stand on the long board Buzz had lent me and ride a wave all the way in. The two of us paddled out from the shore in anticipation. Bolsa Chica State Beach had waves that novices and amateurs could catch and ride, looking like pros. We were offshore quite a way out before we turned and pointed our boards toward the beach, waiting for the perfect wave. As it approached, Tom gave me some last-minute pointers. The ocean swelled as Tom yelled to start paddling and got upright on his board. I was able to stand and maneuver the board in concert with the wave. What a feeling of exhilaration! I was finally able to ride a wave all the way in without losing it! I reached the shoreline with a triumphant yell as I walked onto the sand. Tom came in behind me, as excited as I was because he’d been tutoring me for weeks and I was finally able to get it! Tom gazed into my exuberant eyes and sadly said, “Well, dude, you did it and you were great. John, you’re one of my best friends, and it breaks my heart to tell you this, but you don’t belong here…”
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