This book is written as an autobiography and speaks to addicts / alcoholics searching for help, family members struggling to understand someone’s addiction and to people in recovery looking for more ideas on how best to maintain their sobriety.
This book can be easily considered in two parts:
First of all it’s a personal autobiography, telling his remarkable story as a Hippy, then Punk, then Raver and DJ, turned drug trafficker and smuggler, always one step ahead of the law, and always looking for the next place to party, before exploding into the miserable tales of his final few years of chronic alcoholism and intravenous drug use, before he broke his cycle of damage and made a grasp for abstinence based recovery.
The Second part deals with his personal experiences becoming clean and sober, reading as a detailed recovery guide, explaining just how he recovered and how you can too. It’s written in such a way that it makes recovery from addiction recognisably achievable, if someone is willing to apply themselves to the process of change.
There’s an appendix with a formal explanation about the successful 12 Step Recovery Programme written for all professionals working with other addicts and addictions, and for those who wish to discover more about this free worldwide resource for addiction recovery.
It’s essential reading for any parent or concerned spouse, as equally as it is for someone trying to stop and stay stopped.
It’s a heartfelt story that excites and amazes even the most seasoned drug and alcohol users, but told in such a way that other concerned parties can get a real feel for the disease, and discover how they can best serve their loved one.
"As a heavy drinker myself, I brought this book with an open mind.
Ian's story is truly amazing and gripping.
I think there isn't much that Ian doesn't do to excess from every type of booze to hardcore drugs but the story of how he turns everything around to helping other in the world is amazing and inspiring.
I also found the book very interesting in helping myself to stop drinking and change my life for the better which I've now done.
I can highly recommend this book.
Steve and his Dog
"Are you an addict? Do you live with an addict? Do you know an addict? If so, BUY THIS BOOK!!!
I know Ian personally and this book doesn't begin to tell half the story. A helpless, hopeless addict that has found redemption by taking simple suggestions, following a new spiritual path and attempting to help others. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll wince, you'll shake your head in disbelief but I guarantee that you'll be rooting for Ian to clean up. A wonderful story with a very happy ending. Read it - more will be revealed... Spencer (One of "the tribe") x"
I hope you are well.
Since I spoke to you last I have read 'It's Not About Me' and want to say I am far wiser and more knowledgeable than ever before about the long journey through addiction and back to sobriety. Your book has been inspiring, enlightened me, made me cry, filled me with despair yet hope and longing for my daughter to one day see that glimmer of light that will grow and help her very soon to realise what she has to do to get well.
Ian, I feel I've tried everything, I've been soft, tough, soft again, and at present am trying just to love her, be her mum but not giving her any cash but still reminding her that help is at hand once she accepts her need and asks for it.
I missed my tube and bus stops several times as I was so engrossed in it! The 12 steps you describe sound amazing and I so want S. to have that chance.
Many thanks "
"Thank you Ian for being honest, open and brave to write this book! It's a miracle you went through what you went through alive and with such compassion and passion to help others! Never give up! You're right it's not about you it's about all of us addicts or not! But this book is certainly about you and it is GREAT!!"
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