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I went to a party when I was eleven and didn't get back until I was forty five. I managed to put an end to more than thirty years of alcohol and drug addiction culminating with a stretch in the state prison system. Upon being released from the California Department of Corrections on Dec 3, 1989, my first life came to an end. During that first life, however, I did manage to raise a daughter. I have two grandkids, a boy and girl. Fortunately, my grandkids will never see me the way my daughter did. They'll never have to watch the police take me out of the house in handcuffs like my daughter did. They'll never have to control their behavior according to what drug I was taking like my daughter did. And they'll never have to endure being embarras ...more


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More often than not, an addict and/or alcoholic has to have a profound spiritual experience before intrinsic recovery can start taking place. www.ScumbagSewerRats.com
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C.G. Jung
“It is my mind, with its store of images, that gives the world color and sound; and that supremely real and rational certainty which I can "experience" is, in its most simple form, an exceedingly complicated structure of mental images. Thus there is, in a certain sense, nothing that is directly experienced except the mind itself. Everything is mediated through the mind, translated, filtered, allegorized, twisted, even falsified by it. We are . . . enveloped in a cloud of changing and endlessly shifting images.”
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message 1: by Karey

Karey Thanks for the add, John. I truly hope your book makes a mark in the world of addiction. If it can help me, as a sister, to know how to help my brothers, I'd like to read it.


Michelle Hi John. Thanks for the invite. I can't wait to read your book. I'm adding it to my list. Have a great weekend.


Jessie How's it going John?


message 4: by John

John Smethers Very well, thanks, and how are you?




Jessie I'm great John, I just marked your book as to be read, it sounds really interesting. My novel Bombshell just came out today, look it up when you get a chance, you might enjoy it.


message 6: by Meen

Meen Hi John, congrats on your clean/sober time. I am celebrating 10 years next month. It's an amazing experience, isn't it, what radically different people we can become?


message 7: by Beth

Beth Hi John,
Thanks for befriending this mystery author!


message 8: by Stan

Stan Tremblay Hi John, thanks for the friend invite! Congrats on getting clean. I wish you the best of luck and continued success!

--Stan


Vanessa Hi John-

Wow, what an awesome testimony you have. Thanks for the connection and have a fantastic weekend!

Vanessa


message 10: by C.

C. McKenzie I admire anyone who can turn his life around and then care enough to share what he's learned to help others. Congratulations.


message 11: by Derek

Derek Schneider Hello, John.

My new book, The 9 Ghosts of Samen's Bane, is available now at amazon.com and target.com. Have a great day.


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message 12: by Kenneth

Kenneth Hi John --
Love the title of your book.
I read a lot of Jung when I was in college -- his concept of the collective unconscious intrigued me, because humans seem to act unconsciously most of the time.
Anyway, good to connect.
:-) Ken MacLean



message 13: by Belinda

Belinda McBride Hi John, thanks for the invite. I'll be looking for your book!


Shawnette Hi, John...thanks for the invite into your circle of friends...CONGRATS on your book...best of luck with any/all future writings...looking forward to sharing chats, reviews and any/all recommendations...Happy Reading :-)


message 15: by Robert

Robert Congratulations on turning your life around.


message 16: by Naseem

Naseem Thank you for the invite, John. I have just asked my local bookstore to get me a copy of your book.


message 17: by John

John Smethers Naseem wrote: "Thank you for the invite, John. I have just asked my local bookstore to get me a copy of your book."

Hi Naseem,

Thanks, I appreciate that. Hope you enjoy it. Don't stop reading when it gets a little wordy. By the time you get to the end, you'll have understood it.

John


message 18: by Valjeanne (last edited Jul 25, 2010 09:51AM)

Valjeanne Jeffers Thanks for add John -:) I'm so pleased that someone is tackling the subject of addiction, and showing the humanity of addicts in our culture. These people are our brothers, sisters and neighbors! I'm going to share your trailer on my blog, and as a psy. profesor maybe I can sneak it in my class - :)


message 19: by Cheryl

Cheryl Thanks for the friend request. I have to read your book for sure!


message 20: by Ludwig

Ludwig Niemas Dear John E.,

Your past time was not without any reason, and you know that very well. God is helping everyone, if it is needed.

Have a blessed time!


message 21: by KC

KC C. wrote: "I admire anyone who can turn his life around and then care enough to share what he's learned to help others. Congratulations."

My thoughts exactly.

Thanks for the friendvite, John. I'm adding your story to my list of books to be read this year.


message 22: by John

John Smethers Thanks for the kind words. If you're interested in the field of addiction/recovery, check out my website at www.ScumbagSewerRats.com

I wish you happiness, John


message 23: by Doris

Doris Pearson Thanks for the invite. I admire anyone who has the will power to pull out of addicting behavior. Not an addict myself (ever) but a victim of parent's alcohol abuse. Glad to meet you.


message 24: by John

John Smethers Thanks for the kind words, but it really isn't about will power. It's actually about want power. There's millions out there who need to stop, but nothing will work until they want to stop. If you have an interest in addictive behavior, check out my perspective on my website at www.ScumbagSewerRats.com

John


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