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By Ian Glover

Self esteem is something I believe that we would all like to have but when you have some powerful addiction one of the first things you lose is your self esteem.

None of us like to think we are addicted to something and are adamant that we are in complete control, only doing what we do because we so enjoy it and that giving it up would be so easy – it’s just that we don’t want to give it up isn’t it?!!!

There are many different type of addictions such as alcohol, drugs, overeating, sex, perfectionism – the list could go on and on and we all think that one addiction is worse than another – well that is not really the case – each addiction affects the self esteem and well being of the affected person and probably their loved ones and family as well.

Once the person faces up to the fact that they do have a problem, and that is most certainly the first stage, then they might seek some form of professional help – now I am not knocking these professionals because I truly believe that they do a great job but unless you reach the inner being of the person I truly believe that it is only a matter of time before that person who was supposedly cured starts all over again with their addiction – that is why you see people who’ve been stopped smoking for many years and those who have not touched a drop of alcohol suddenly start again.

How do I know this? – well I reckon I’m pretty much an expert in the field of addiction to alcohol and cigarettes – they were such an important party of my life for so many years and when I finally admitted I had a huge problem I took all the help I could find, some of it I even paid for. I did well for almost one year but boy was it hard and I soon started again this time with such a vengeance that it caused my business and marriage breakdown and I found myself living in a mobile home on my own with drink being my only companion.

What happened to me on that day in December 2002 was nothing short of a modern day miracle – overnight, and I mean overnight I stopped both drinking and smoking, have never touched either of these but more importantly NEVER EVER have had the desire for these in the slightest. A few months later I was reunited with my wife and children and couldn’t be happier with my life if I was to win the lottery – I wouldn’t swap this inner peace and complete happiness that I have for anything in this world.

I just had to write about what happened on that day which is what I have done in the hope that the same release from powerful addictions can become a reality for others who are living their lives addicted to something in the same way I was – the difference it makes is incredible and I just hope and pray that you can all find the release and subsequent inner peace and contentment that I’ve now got, I really do.

A recent testimonial, exerts of which are included below, show just why I want this book to reach and touch people who are looking for what I’ve found.

I LAVISHED your book. My life was in shambles; my wife had divorced me and tonight I was in such a state of despair that I had rung my Mother to tell her that suicide was my only option - after reading your book I have a peace about me that I have not had since I was 19 and I'm 56 now. Thank you thank you for allowing God to speak through you to me - I now feel a complete relief from all the pain and misery I have known for the past 37 years and I thank you for saving my life - actually GOD SAVED MY LIFE but you threw me the life preserver - may God continue to bless you, your family and your ministry.

Roy Thompson, Atlanta, Georgia - royjrthompson@bellsouth.net

About The Author: The author had had a dreadful drink problem for over 30 years but was miraculously freed from this overnight which resulted in him becoming a Christian. 3 years on his life couldn't be better and he wrote his book in the hope this may help others. Details of his book and contact details can be found at www.aspecialjourney.com