Saturday, February 17, 2018

Book Review: 'Addicted to Dimes' by Catherine Townsend-Lyon

Arizona author Catherine Townsend-Lyon makes her wiring debut in a book – ADDICTED TO DIMES – that is as much a memoir of her troubled life as it is coaching guide for people afflicted with addictions. While Catherine focuses on addiction h-to gambling (her own malady form which she has recovered), her writing is such that is helpful to all manner of addictions – the addict’s mind set, the highs and lows of addiction, and finding the path to recovery.

As is the case with author’s who elect to share personal experience with the topic engaged, Catherine shares the childhood and early adulthood etiologies for developing her gambling addition, and she is unafraid to share the extended lows of coming to grips with addiction. Now in year 8 of recovery she is active in the passion of working with other addicts in the addiction & recovery communities. Her blogging and personal appearances are a testimony to her desire to aid other addicts – advice from one who has ‘been there, done that – such as her title as an Expert Gambling Recovery Blogger all about Gambling Addiction on "Addictionland" of Author & Founder, Cate Stevens.

In the Preface to her book she states, ‘I truly hope by sharing my own story and experiences with my battle over this illness will inspire others to seek help, or catch you before you fall. Not one more person has to ever choose death as the final option to stop gambling. Don’t let shame destroy you and your family. THERE IS HELP AND SUPPORT.’ And from this supportive stance Catherine details her childhood, the abuses she tolerated, the attempts at marriage – every secret s reveals in detail.

As for what follows, the synopsis offers the following: ‘How does a good girl go bad? Based on a true story, told in the author's own words, without polish or prose, this haunting tale of addiction, family secrets, abuse, sexual misconduct, destruction, crime and.... recovery! One day at a time, one page at a time. Learn of this remarkable and brave story.’

Catherine’s book will doubtless be beneficial to those suffering form additions. It is also a fine manual for those who are impacted by addicts’ lives, offering concepts of how to be supportive and part of the healing process. Polished prose it is not, but important information is here – and the rawness of the prose makes it more immediately meaningful. Grady Harp, January 15

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