A poignant true addiction story covering all the facets of tragedy and ultimately triumph over the insidious family disease of alcoholism and addiction. Follow Jared Bryan Smith's journey to insanity and beyond as he jumps off of a bridge and lands in the looney bin and ultimately Alcoholics Anonymous. The 17 years of drug abuse abates, the fog webs clear and he learns he is Hepatitis C positive, his liver is failing and he has no health insurance for the 3 thousand dollars a month Interferon treatments required to save his life. A miraculous story of a tormented soul released from a literal hell. An exciting read that will leave you breathless, and inspire you with perseverance, and faith as Jared Bryan Smith details the path to hell and back, in all it's gory intricacy as he tries his best to explain the unexplainable thought process of a man driven mad by the drink.
Chronicling his descent into madness, the author takes you back through his life, born into an alcoholic family, witness to his fathers steady downward spiral, ending with a .357 to his head at the age of 37 when the author was 11 years old, and his inability to stop the cycle. By his teens he is in and out of Juvenile detention, standing before Judge Hatchett of Atlanta on more than one occasion, running after the Grateful Dead, selling LSD, cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy and Opiates by the time he was a late teenager, this story will not cease to keep your interest as you cringe, cry, and laugh at his obsessions, tragedies, miracles and in the end his recovery.
The rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous are welcoming in his late 20's as he struggles to finally stop for good, and return to sanity, and Jared Bryan Smith does a good job of explaining the 12 Steps of AA to the layman, the uninterested, the skeptic, the critic, or even the full blown atheist or non believer. Where two or more people gather to accomplish a stated goal, there stands a better chance than one alone, and by using only this mantra in his head, he is able to have hope, and work the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, cease fighting or debating, and ultimately recover, and have the obsession to drink and drug completely removed from someone who drank and drugged daily for close to 20 years.
Discovering Hepatitis C, he documents his trials and tribulations through the painful Interferon process with great detail, and anyone suffering through Hep C, or who knows someone who is or will be taking Interferon could greatly benefit by reading or suggesting this book, which is why the author also made it available completely for free via google search. A worthy read.
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" 'Moon Rocks in the Loony Bin' -
The first time I was checked into the loony bin, I was carrying three rocks. In my deluded mind that July in 2006, they were a moon rock, a space rock and an earth rock, the latter I was certain was also an ancient arrowhead. I'd found them all in my gravel driveway. I was shaking, paranoid, and still drunk even though I hadn't had a sip in the several hours I'd been waiting in the lobby to check into the Dekalb County Crisis center, which others would later give me a reality check about, and refer to as the "loony bin!" They were right and I was loony. When I heard the rocks clamor onto the counter after emptying my pockets, my uncle said "Traveling light, aren't we?" My only possessions were one Rolex, one wallet, the clothes on my back, and three rocks."
- Books4free.com, July 2010
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