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Addiction & Recovery
  • Author:
    Alison Lowry,Steve Hamilton
  • ISBN:
    1592850839
  • ISBN13:
    978-1592850839
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  • Publisher:
    Hazelden Publishing; 1 edition (January 13, 2004)
  • Pages:
    392 pages
  • Subcategory:
    Addiction & Recovery
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This book follows Steve Hamilton's addiction through the drug underworld of South Africa, to the time he was pronounced clinically dead. I Want My Life Back is not a pretty story—but it's beautifully told and absolutely compelling. The book's cover features a portrait of author Steve Hamilton.

This book follows Steve Hamilton's addiction through the drug underworld of South Africa, to the time he was pronounced clinically dead. You'd guess his age to be somewhere in his late 60's. He's 39, and he has seen several lifetimes of hurt and failure. Raised by an alcoholic father, Hamilton learned early how alcohol can dominate every dynamic in family life. Later, alcohol and drugs dominated every aspect of his own life. This book is a moving and compelling portrait of the addicted life.

I Want My Life Back book. I want my life back Steve Hamilton. This is a drug memoir that does the right thing. This book follows Steve Hamilton's addiction through the drug underworld of South Africa, to the time he was pronounced clinically dead, and into the first steps of recovery and the founding of Narcotics Anonymous. Steve Hamilton is a living metaphor for addiction-and ultimately recovery.

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бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. One is too many. A thousand is never enough. Andrea arrived in rehab at the same time as me. We were in admissions together

бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. We were in admissions together. I can't remember how many times she'd tried to get clean, but it was my eleventh institution and I was dying. For two days I listened to her withdrawal in a room just down the passage from mine

In his first book, Hamilton, a noted lecturer and founding member of Narcotics Anonymous in South Africa, takes readers on a journey into the depths of addiction. At times, we feel like interlopers.

In his first book, Hamilton, a noted lecturer and founding member of Narcotics Anonymous in South Africa, takes readers on a journey into the depths of addiction.

Report an error in the book. For two days I listened to her withdrawal in a room just down the passage from mine.

This book follows Steve Hamilton's addiction through the drug underworld of South Africa, to the time he was pronounced clinically dead, and into the first steps of recovery and the . That's another reason why I want my life back.

This book follows Steve Hamilton's addiction through the drug underworld of South Africa, to the time he was pronounced clinically dead, and into the first steps of recovery and the founding of Narcotics Anonymous. A hardened addict in his teens, Hamilton had a heroin habit that led him deep into the drug underworld of South Africa. It took eleven stays at institutions and three times being pronounced clinically dead before Hamilton took his first earnest steps toward recovery.

A thousand is never enough

A thousand is never enough  .

Steve Hamilton; Alison Lowry. 9781592850839 This book follows Steve Hamilton's addiction through the drug underworld of South Africa, to the time he was pronounced clinically dead, and into the first steps of recovery and the founding of Narcotics Anonymous.

This book follows Steve Hamilton's addiction through the drug underworld of South Africa, to the time he was pronounced clinically dead, and into the first steps of recovery and the founding of Narcotics Anonymous.Steve Hamilton is a living metaphor for addiction--and ultimately recovery. A hardened addict in his teens, Hamilton had a heroin habit that led him deep into the drug underworld of South Africa. It took eleven stays at institutions and three times being pronounced clinically dead before Hamilton took his first earnest steps toward recovery. Hamilton eventually became a founding member of Narcotics Anonymous in South Africa and has since counseled addicts in treatment clinics. EXCERPT: "That's the trouble with drugs. None of it is real in the end. The whole thing is one big lie. I wish every day that I could start over, turn back the damn clock and see what the real Steve was like and what he could have accomplished without his dangerous toys and dubious playmates. That's another reason why I want my life back."

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Despite what you may hear from some recovering addicts, no one ever "beats" a drug addiction. It's a life sentence. And there's nothing to be proud of just because we start acting like normal human beings again; we'll just be doing what we should have been doing all along. I, for one, don't want any pats on the back, because everyday I wake up, the work starts all over again. I'll forever be just one bad decision away from hell on earth.

That's the point Steve Hamilton makes in his memoir, "I Want My Life Back". His life of addiction in the streets of South Africa was no different from what we experience here in the United States: jails, institutions, and death. This story reads like one long drunkalogue, but he makes many good points along the way, for instance, that the addict basically has just two feelings: high and craving; and that it's not necessarily the drugs we like so much, it's the good feeling which quickly becomes a substitute for one thing all humans need: LOVE.

I Want My Life Back reveals the inner dialogue, the self-talk, the tug-of-war that goes on in the mind of the addict. Mr. Hamilton has also learned that the best way he can stay clean is by going to schools and giving talks to the kids, to let them know the truth about drug addiction.

The strengths of this book lie in the author's honesty and insightful introspection, and the weakness is in the fact that this is the same story told over and over again and will potentially bore those who have already experienced the hellish nightmare of addiction.

David Allen Reeves
Author of "Running Away From Me"
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This book was recommended by a recovering addict who said it changed his life. It was more then I expected. You don't have to be an alcoholic or drug addict to be moved by this man's journey.
As someone already stated, this book should be required reading for all middle and high school students. If it saves one child from going down the road of distruction it was worth reading.
Otrytrerl
Excellent
Unde
This has to be one of the worst books I have EVER had the misfortune to read. The plot is confusing and deranged, there is constant repetition in the story line and I've read better material on loo paper.
Siralune
This is NOT the author Steve Hamilton amazon has linked to this book. The linked Steve Hamilton writes quality fiction. This book is not his genre or his history. Try and get it right, Amazon.
Kulalas
This confessional about Steve's on-going recovery from drug and alcohol abuse is raw and accurate in the same way as James Frey's debut novel "A Million Little Pieces" which won Amazon's Book of the Year title for 2003. However, I found "I Want My Life Back" to be more coherent and engaging. Surely, Hamilton's timeline jumps back and forth, but never in a confusing manner, and always to support and move the story forward. In a world full of authors purporting to know the horrors of drug abuse, Hamilton's voice rings true.
Bort
Steve's journey in recovery rings true to me. This is important because as an AA member myself anything short of heartfelt honesty is duly noted as BS.

The one criticism I had is the strange feeling of boasting present in this book. This, though, I found to be typical and in truth harmless in my experience. Whatever it takes to remember the past hell. Rembering it, we are humbled by our current good forture. Steve, conveys this awakening. It strengthened me for my own journey in sobriety.