A passion to help others with understanding addiction has brewed inside me for years. Being surrounded by addiction my whole life from father, step-father, brother and then my own son caused me to dig deep inside to discover what defined me as a man, a husband, and a father. I wrote my first book, Defining Moments, from an odd perspective while I relived the thoughts that rushed through my head as I was undercover, wired, and setting up a dangerous drug dealer in a parking lot less than a mile from my home. The deal was made to get my addicted son out of a prison stint and into rehab where I believed he belonged.
My second book, The Addict Among Us, was the culminating project of an 18 month journey during which I interviewed over 400 parents and addicts and discovered many teachable moments. I believe these dramatic interviews will open the eyes of the “not my child” club and educate them so they do not join the club of so many of us who never saw addiction coming. I am honored that Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack who is a true champion of this cause, read my manuscript and graciously offered to write the Foreword to The Addict Among Us.
Q&A with Brad
Why did you write a follow-up to your first book?
I have learned so much from these families of addicts and from addicts themselves. I see the overlapping mistakes. Again and again I see that others have made the same mistakes I made. I welcome every call from a parent, family member, or addict who contacts me, and I personally reply to every email and make the phone call if they included their number. By this point, I have spoken with literally hundreds of parents and addicts who have shared their story. This book is my letter to those who I cannot reach and those who will not call. Hopefully this book is a letter to those who don’t need to call…yet.
You are not a doctor or psychologist; what makes you the best person to write a self-help book about addiction?
After the release of my first book, Defining Moments: A Suburban Father’s Journey Into his Son’s Oxy Addiction, in 2011, I found myself swept into the world of prescription drug addiction awareness, spending time in conversations with families of others affected by addiction, invited to attend the first National Rx Drug Abuse Summit, participate in the making of the documentary “Behind the Orange Curtain,” and rubbing elbows with policy makers such as Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack, who wrote the foreword to this second book.
What was the most unusual interview that you conducted for the book?
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- Awaken both parents and young people to the real results of prescription drug abuse
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