|About the Book|
After twenty-four years of daily drinking, Ed Wyrick hit his bottom and tossed out his last bottle of vodka. As a high school counselor in a rural county in the middle of the Bible belt, he feared for his job if he revealed his addiction, so he tried detoxing on his own. When he gave up and surrendered to a treatment center, doctors said he was lucky to have survived. Three months later, he quit smoking cigarettes. Eighteen months after that, he’d lost seventy pounds and was running five miles a day. More than twelve years have passed, and he remains free of alcohol, cigarettes, fat, and sloth. In My Reclaimed Life, Ed tells the story of how he changed his life, including the tools he uses to react to challenges without using alcohol, drugs, nicotine, or rocky road ice-cream. Early on, Ed read everything he could about defeating addictions and getting healthy. Even though he has an academic background, holding masters and doctoral degrees in counseling and psychology, books by scholars describing why he drank alcohol, smoked cigarettes, and ate too many chocolate chip cookies provided little help. Instead, he needed to know how to get better and found help by reading about real people’s success stories. Now, hes paying it forward.