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A Dance With Shadows; The Journey Beyond Sexual Abuse, Addiction and Chemical Imbalance Paperback – January 30, 2013
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“A troubled man from the Pacific Northwest grapples with sex and drug addiction in this candid, auspicious debut memoir… Adreon’s shadowy youth is a moving depiction of deep friendship, faith and therapy in a strange, terrifying realm that seems nearly impossible for its inhabitants to escape… Honest and penitent, Adreon’s patient, Zen-like voice is saturated with poetry and hope, a testament in itself to his eventual triumph.”
“He draws readers in with images of heroin injections and dumpster diving. Adreon doesn’t dwell exclusively on these scenes, however, and thus avoids reducing his story to a confession to be read by voyeurs. Instead, he looks back at his experiences with an analytic eye, trying to sort out exactly how he went from school to prison in a few short years… What Adreon does exceedingly well is illustrate his frustrating spiral of addiction and recovery…this ambitious memoir, which succeeds as both a therapeutic journey for the author and a beacon of hope for readers going through similar struggles.” Sheila M. Trask *Clarion Review*
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I think this book is a gift for anyone who has used and made their way out or those still struggling. What a gift for those watching a loved one struggle, to be able to see it from the other side and see that there can be recovery.
This is a brave and honest look at the things most of us lock away and and pretend don't exist. That so many people have gone through or watched someone go through. While there are parts that are painful to read and will tug at the heart, absolutely worth the read.
It is not easy to open your life's story to the world when it is painful but it is well worth it if it brings healing to the author and can provide hope and an opportunity for change and healing to others.
This is a very brave book.
Kudos, Eric. You make me proud.
Parts of the book seemed to flow awkwardly, but I feel that makes perfect sense given the author's experiences.
I would recommed this book to any person who is/was abused, addicted, or chemical imbalanced...or if you know someone who is/was, or if you think you don't know someone who is/was.
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