How I Got to Hope

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Steven R. Adelman, Dec 15, 2012 - Self-Help - 150 pages
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All my life included feeling awkward, not fitting in, low self-esteem, bullying, mental illness, arson, theft, vandalism, special education, depression, marijuana addiction, alcoholism, drug abuse, sexual promiscuities, suicide, encounters with the law, accidents, illnesses, and more. The different paths taken over the years led me down an even more destructive cycle experiencing despair, loss of meaning, fear, and insanity. I finally realized for myself that I had a huge problem. No longer did I feel any doctor, medicine, or drug could ever help me manage anything in my life. My chance at any future was hopeless. The last little bit of power I thought within me was extinguished. There were a few horrible ways this could have ultimately ended. Luckily, I found the road to recovery including the 12 steps. This part of my story explains in great detail the very beginning of my new life and the first five years afterward. That takes me to the point of writing this book. Doing this was my way of expressing gratitude and trying to carry a message to others who feel alone and without hope like I once did. There is hope!
 

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Contents

Dedications Preface Table of Contents Chapter 1
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
THE SERENITY PRAYER
THE THIRD STEP PRAYER
THE PROMISES
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
THE ELEVENTH STEP PRAYER
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24

Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
THE SEVENTH STEP PRAYER
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Epilogue
THE TWELVE STEPS OF
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Steven Adelman was born November 16, 1968 in Hillsdale, New Jersey the youngest of four children. Diagnosed 'Emotionally Disturbed' gave an increased feeling out of place, being defective, and resulted in getting teased, bullied, and having problems in school until the label of being placed into 'Special Ed' was added. This escalated into trouble with the law, neighbors, friends, family, and himself. Years of drugs and alcohol eventually lead to isolation, depression, and despair. There seemed to be nothing left before reaching near suicide around January 31, 2008. This was soon before entering an outpatient rehab to first become (and remain) sober, clean, and working the 12 steps to recovery. His first book, "Honest Open Willing...My Journey From Despair To Hope" was published an added attempt was to bring his life more into the public instead of isolating. Now Steven Adelman tries to carry the message of understanding to some, teaching others they too are not alone, and that there is hope!

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