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BECOMING NORMALAn Ever-Changing Perspective
by Mark Edick “Comfortable, yet compelling…. Don’t let this book pass you by: it might just transform your life!”--Jack G. Jesse, Ph.D., LMSW, CAAC,
Substance Abuse Division Director, Barry/Eaton District Health Department
“What is normal?”
That is the question that has plagued author Mark Edick, who is in long-term recovery,all his life. It’s also the topic of his forthcoming memoir,
Becoming Normal: An Ever-Changing Perspective
(Central Recovery Press / March 1, 2010 / Trade paperback $14.95/ Distributed to the trade by Health Communications, Inc.).
is the poignant and moving account of one man’s journey throughrecovery and his discovery of the evolving meaning of normal. It includes wisdomgleaned from his relationship with his twelve-step fellowship sponsor and other lessonslearned along the way.“To be normal means to fit in, that is what I thought,” says Mr. Edick. “To fit in means Iwill be more loved, cared for, and needed. I longed for these things. I yearned for thesethings. I had spent my whole life seeking real love, true caring, a sense of being needed.And I had—so far—come up short.”
Once it was normal for Mark Edick to drink alcohol and take other drugs. Now it isnormal for him
to drink alcohol or take other drugs.
His down-to-earth approachand his examination of self-defeating thought processes offers an alternative to otherswho struggle with the stigma of addiction.In
, the concept of “normal” is not simply a comparison betweenextremes. Mr. Edick takes this topic very personally, and he shows how he evolved inrecovery to understand and accept “normal” as it applied to his changing relationshipwith alcohol and other drugs. As readers follow Mr. Edick’s “journey to normal,” they begin to appreciate their own understanding of the topic. Soon it becomes clear thatwhether or not a person struggles with the problems living in active addiction brings, thequest to determine “what is normal” is common to everyone.Over—