Billy Malone writes a face paced “real time” novel based, in part, on his own experiences in rehab. The book takes us through a seemingly real life saga of a ninety day rehab, with full details about the processes of denial, resistance, dismay and discovery. The recital of Patrick’s (the protagonist) journey from “I have to stop” through “maybe…” to “acceptance that active addiction is no longer a tolerable way of life” is detailed in current time as the light bulbs go on. What he does after rehab is left to the reader’s imagination. What the author does is change his life completely.
In his own words:
“I entered rehab on May 27th 2015. I was 39 years old and had been drinking daily since I was 21 years old. I hid my drinking well from my friends and family. They thought I just enjoyed having a few drinks with dinner like many “social” drinkers. What they didn’t know was I would go home and binge drink. Some nights I would drink until I passed out. I was very functional though, and would always wake up the next day and go to work. This went on for years.
I later found out that I abused alcohol because I had a serious problem with anxiety and panic attacks. I had my first panic attack while I was in college. At the time I didn’t know what was wrong with me. I thought I was having a heart attack, or worse. I saw a doctor who prescribed me Xanax to help with my symptoms. I would continue to take that Xanax daily for the next 19 years. I never took more than prescribed, but it was a crutch that only made my life worse and delayed me dealing with my true problems.
I was overweight and sick. I was feeling so bad I finally went to a doctor for the first time in 20 years at the age of 39. I was diabetic and in very poor health. My triglycerides were through the roof, and I was on the verge of pancreatitis from the years of alcohol abuse. My panic attacks and anxiety had gotten so bad I couldn’t even drive myself to work anymore. I had become a recluse in my own home. A shell of my former self.
I finally saw a psychologist who could not prescribe me any medications and suggested to me that I needed to seek treatment. I immediately went to rehab and my journey to sobriety began. I now know that I owe my life to the counselors and professionals who helped me along the way. It was difficult, but I finally figured out why I abused alcohol, and how to stop. It was a long journey, but I did it.
After being sober for about a year and a half, I decided to make some major life changes. I resigned from my job of 17 years, sold most of my possessions, and moved to a beautiful tropical island in Thailand called Phuket. It is there I wrote a novel based on my experiences in rehab. I also met a wonderful women, Oum, and got engaged.
My novel, My Rehab Summer, is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. Even though it is fiction, it is strongly based on my experiences. I am getting very positive feedback in the recovery community. I invite you to read it today.” – Billy Malone
Click on this LINK for his book.