Anything, Everything, Not to Take a Drink Again," published by The Fix on May 26, 2016.
Author Anne Giles begins reading chapter one of Phoenix Rising: A Journey of Self-Discovery Through Addiction Recovery in this episode. She shares her experience realizing she had developed an addiction, a tragic moment of awareness when she knew she could not stop. Anne's experience with early recovery, with its attendant stigma, and her struggles with finding effective treatment in her area, a small town in Southwest Virginia.
Anne wrote her addictions story one post at a time on annegiles.com. She began writing before she was a full two years sober, a risky and rare thing for a person to do in recovery from addiction. Her post, Letter to Myself at Two Years Sober shares the most important knowledge she learned in her in-depth research of addiction since becoming sober.
In this podcast, Anne shares her Letter to Myself at Three Years Sober, reading with passion. Listeners are left without doubt about the anguish people with addictions suffer, as well as the heroic self-love required to remain sober and in recovery.
In Phoenix Rising: A Journey of Self Discovery Through Addictions Recovery, Anne Giles sorts through the ashes of her past to understand the origins of her addiction to alcohol and seeks to understand addiction as a larger problem. Phoenix Rising was edited by Laurel Sindewald and published in 2015. Anne writes about addiction and recovery at annegiles.com.
Anne reads the Preface to Phoenix Rising in this podcast episode while sitting in her beautiful sun room with the birds singing outside.