- Paperback: 286 pages
- Publisher: Three In The Morning Press (July 26, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 069200971X
- ISBN-13: 978-0692009710
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,405,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Death Do I Part: How I Freed Myself From Addiction Paperback – July 26, 2010
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From Death Do I Part is the account of a soul journey: a journal of liberation, authentically lived, deeply experienced and vividly written. The inspiring story of one person, it speaks to the challenges faced by many and to the possibilities inherent in us all." ----Gabor Mate M.D., author of Canada's #1 best seller, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction
"For Amy, the process of overcoming addiction is a process of moving forward--not of labeling herself, not of rehashing her failures and abuse, not of blaming herself or others. She knows--the decades she spent doing these things never allowed her to quit drugs, alcohol, eating problems, cigarettes. Something else did. She needed a new way of thinking about herself and life, one not anchored in the past, or in her trauma, or in the bromides of the 12 Steps or of psychiatry.Amy Lee Coy has written the story of how she reclaimed her life from abuse and drunkenness. Every alcoholic--every person--can learn these essential things from her efforts: it is never too late to change; your life is in your own hands; the cure to the "disease" of alcoholism is realizing who you are; life can be a joy when you reject your fear; every human life has value. It is uplifting to read her discovery of these things because her gentle presentation of her truths is free of ego, jargon, and any sense that she deserves special consideration." ----Stanton Peele, Ph.D., J.D., author of Love and Addiction, 7 Tools to Beat Addiction, and The Life Process Program
"Whether you are struggling with addiction or know someone who is, this book will help you to understand how to move forward when all paths seem blocked or pointless. A guide to recovery as well as a beautiful story of triumph and accomplishment, this book brings the warm light of wisdom to the harsh realities of addiction. From Death Do I Part is a book you will return to again and again as you reflect on its healing words." --John Bardi Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, Penn State University
About the Author
Amy Lee Coy is the author of From Death Do I Part: How I Freed Myself from Addiction and the children's book, Duke Devlin, the Daring Dogie. She is a writer, artist, and musician living in Southern California.
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HOWEVER, I am SO GLAD I stuck with the book because I can now say with humility that first impressions are not always accurate. As I progressed through the book, I found I could relate to the book on most levels. It covers stuff I thought I was alone in experiencing.
The pages of this book feel like friends and I often turn back to find a nugget of something to empower me through what I am dealing with.
Thank you, Amy, for turning your negative experiences with addiction into a huge positive and for helping others by sharing your insight, wisdom and tremendous growth. You are a legend!
You convey a very sensitive nature, caring nature. Which, when harnessed and not working against us like when we were drinking, conveys really well a message of how important it is to treat yourself as well as others, and that you are responsible for this, but it does so with re-assurance and kindness.
And it stands out as to why you think it is worth it through your own positive examples of how it has worked for you.
One of the things that really affects people, in my experience, is their sense of shame when reflecting back on things that occurred while drinking (or before). You've bared your soul in telling the world about past and the various other things which happened, but made it clear that "yes, these things happened to me, or I did things while drunk, but they are not my definition. Quite the opposite."
That positive example is really important, especially for women. It will surely help many people heal that pain. And again, you give examples of how you did it and how worthwhile it was. It's not only brave but can save lives as it makes people realize they are not alone, are a good person despite their past, and that to come out the other side into the light is a real triumph.
As the book unfolds, again, your creative, compassionate, considerate and kind nature shows again, and you demonstrate yourself as someone who has pushed through these feelings' tendency to overwhelm. And you explain how you did it. That gives people hope, which you've really emphasised hard, and it also gives people options as to how they might do it.
Someone really linear for example (say, a computer programmer) might disagree as it doesn't suit them to do it your way. And you've stressed that too which is great - your (the reader's) way is the way and the results are your barometer. You have really strong views on certain issues and you've earned them, and for me personally I agree with many of your viewpoints. However,
you have been extremely fair minded and stressed people find their own way. I really thought this was great, because despite your various experiences you were impartial. However you told why it didn't work for you.
This is so important as it encourages people to understand they have many options, and you can tailor them to fit you. And again, your supportive voice shone through which was so encouraging.
For people in your shoes it may save many lives, this point alone - as a reader it states clearly that if it doesn't work and you can see why, don't blindly persist. Trust yourself, use the available resources and know your solution IS there.....you just haven't found it yet.
You can get into pretty difficult waters here as an author or indeed anyone with an opinion, and many people do as they are coloured by their experience to the point of blindness. They can and do take some pretty dangerous stances. Medication and certain treatments didn't work for you but again you handle this well, remain impartial and don't ever give the impression you have all the answers. You stress individual solutions but warn against expecting chemicals to do the work. And you give lots of food for thought about "conventional" treatment that many have found is a waste of time, unless you are a shareholder in the outfit, of course, or it pays your wages. Hopefully it encourages people to keep asking questions and finding the answers they need.
Amy, you are a Warrior of the Light and it shows. And it will bring others alongside you. No doubt that's already happening. Best wishes - you have a great voice and after all, have only started - judging by your website you will continue to build on this wonderful book I'm sure.
I noticed on your website, you are beginning workshops soon. As judged by your book, the other writing you've done, and your media appearances, I am sure they'll be terrifically successful.