This is an excellent account about the illness of addiction and the fact that there is hope (if you truly want to stop and stay stopped). Ian Young has given an honest and touching account of his experience, strength and hope and I personally hope many people read this book in order to understand what so many of us have never experienced or suffered from.
Uplifting and energising
Ian Young’s story is significant and important. He should be congratulated on his honesty – it must a difficult decision and a calculated gamble in the name of re-balancing karma (or redemption depending on your religious views) to be so open about what is a blatant waste of a young life and the knock-on effect of such appalling behaviours upon others. So many books in this genre rely on shock tactics and I have to admit (having had a similar lifestyle) that the first part of the book made me feel physically sick and reminding me of the damage that can be caused.
I was so glad to read the second part of the book. Uplifting and energising, Ian’s progress means that we can have hope in our lives – hope of improved health, karma, redemption, and the ability to reach others. If I had a family member who was using substances this book would put things into perspective -one of those perspectives may be “thank god my son/daughter isn’t as bad as that”, if I was using myself I would understand that there ARE people out there who care and there is HOPE.
Well-done Ian Young.
Something in it for all of us
I initially read this book because I am nosey and enjoy a mad life story ( which Ian’s definitely is!) but ended up learning a lot about addiction and recovery along the way. Ian’s message is so positive and his story is such a testament to how you can change your life, there is something in it for all of us, whether touched by addiction or not.
(And some of the stories have to be read to be believed!…..)
A Great Read
This is such a great read. Can be used as a tool to keep us addicts grounded. If one can succeed, we all can! Just goes to show that we come in all forms, different parts of the country, different backgrounds and different races and most of us end up in the same dark place.
Heart of the inspiration
Ian does have a ‘special’ if somewhat ‘mad’ story to tell. I believe he is right with his hope that he will inspire others to
‘get clean’ as well as give support to people who may care for an addicted loved one. His style is easy and unpretentious, as if he is chatting to you in a room.
He gives enormous insight into his mind and why drugs and alcohol became such an important part of his life-many will identify with his thought processes.
For all the extensive descriptions about the ‘colourful’, ‘crazy’ and ‘chaotic’ episodes during his addictive years, I found the sections on ‘realization’ and ‘recovery’ the most interesting and compelling.
He knew when the ‘game was finally over’ and he had to choose between life and death. But the recognition, recovery and reformation took enormous courage, struggle and time – the heart of the inspiration in the book.
Knowing that there are strategies, help and guidance available, will give strength to others determined
to follow a similar positive route to Ian.
A book well worth reading.
A Must Read
I am an addict, alcoholic in recovery. For me this book is an amazing story that provides anyone hope that if you want something you can go and get it. A must read!
Bought it, read it. Amazing! Thank you for sharing. I could relate to so much of your story. Inspiring, honest and a huge amount of courage to write it.
Shocking, surprising, interesting and inspiring
Ian’s book is well worth a read, its shocking, surprising, interesting and inspiring. You rock Ian!
Very helpful and inspiring
Well written, easy to read and I should imagine very helpful and inspiring to anyone who’s suffering
Honesty and openness
The book is one of the first on the subject of addiction that I have read that is not just either a list of events that are there to shock or a handbook on how to get over or understand addiction.
Ian’s honesty and openness mean that the story and journey can relate to all affected by addiction, the addict, their family, friends and community. The story will bring hope to many affected by addictive behaviour and hopefully help family and friends believe that one day they will get the person they care about back – stronger and someone to be proud of.
An epic journey
What huge courage to share so openly such an epic journey. One that will inspire you and give you hope and be the back bone for your own recovery, whether an addict or relative of an addict. Having known Ian back in the early 90’s while we were all travelling, I had no idea of the extent of his drug habits and the destructive journey we was on, so it warms my heart to know how he turned it all around and how he has dedicated his life to helping others inflicted with addiction and generally putting back into this world to make it a better place – something we could all learn from. There are lessons for everyone in this book, whether dealing with addiction or not. Great work Ian.
I laughed, I cried
“I laughed, I cried and mostly I was amazed about Ian Young and how he grew thru his journey to become a transformational leader in Europe.”
A very inspiring book! Loved reading it! Couldn’t put my iPad down!
A sizzling read
It’s a game changer – a sizzling read that stands out in it’s genre of addiction stories – because half is about how it was, then the other half is about what happened and how it is now!
It has madness, moments of desperate clarity and then hope in abundance.
Read it !
Recovery Is Possible
Excellently written book about a drug and alcohol addict who turned his life around from the extreme chaos of active addiction to becoming a happy and respected member of society.
Inspirational and a good read for anyone suffering or for friends and family of those addicted to either drugs or alcohol, or both.
It has a riveting story that delves into the chaos and turmoil of addiction and the road to recovery and happiness.
It delivers a strong message of hope that recovery is possible for all, demonstrating the steps to recovery and the route to a happier and contented life free from addiction.
If you are suffering from alcohol or drug addiction, or know or are related to someone who needs help then this is a must read.
Recovery is possible.
I couldn’t put this book down and read it in two days.
Great story too.
I have just finished reading your book – really brilliant.
Had it since Christmas but only started it this weekend.
One of those books that once you start you don’t want to put down until the end – only stopped overnight when my eyes could stay open no longer.
It was amazing to learn so much of your colourful history and recovery journey – a truly inspiring truth – thank you for sharing it all.
My surrender began in TTP, Luton [one of the Treatment Centres Ian built] 3 years ago and I know this stuff really works.
I am very passionate about my 12 step recovery and hearing others’ stories ignites it more . I am truly grateful to have had the experience of reading this book in full – wishing you much more love and peace and happy times.
Love this Book
Love this book! I liked it so much I’ve got another 2 copies to give to Friends.
walking the talk
A pocket book of inspiration – showing vulnerability – growth and recovery .
Inspirational leadership – in walking the talk.
something new to learn
In his book, Ian shared with us his life, with something new to learn in each page !
It is also an easy book to read, which you can’t stop reading until the last pages !
Thank you Ian for sharing this with us ! (edited for grammatical purposes from French)
you’ll find this book helpful
All the books I’ve read before that mentioned addiction have been about famous rock stars in bands – people who somehow seem one step removed from real life. Most of them were dead so it wasn’t a first-hand account either.
Ian’s was the first one I read by and about a real person – a son, a partner, a “regular” guy. (It turned out he was anything but “regular!”)
It was staggering the level of risk taking he took – the large-scale drug trafficking – and the depths he sank to. The continual let downs his addiction caused for anyone he met along the way must have been hard to bear for those closest to him.
Carrying on with the druggie lifestyle, despite his obviously declining health showed just how distorted life can become when drink and drugs take over. Quite how he broke out of that mess is nothing short of a miracle.
If you want to find out more about how addiction affects “normal” people and the damage it causes to the person and those around them, rather than “glamourised backstage rock band antics”, you’ll find this book helpful.
Wonderful book which gives an great insight into the mind of how addictions affect all parts of the mind body and spirit.
This book is great for anyone, even those people who do not think they have addictions, because the information is also for people who may have bad habits and are trying to break them, like eating too much sugar – big macs etc.
Also found Ian openness of how he found his spirtual guidance to change his life 360 degrees, is a message we all need.
Inspiring story – good historical reference to travelling culture / heavy going in places but well worth the read – well done.
Thanks so much for having the courage and bravery to share your truth and life with us all.
It’s an incredible journey you have been on.
It’s so inspiring to know there are plenty of people who can take something from your story that can help them individually; or for families, and friends.
You certainly have been on a journey of the road less travelled that more are wanting to follow!
Awesomeness and keep doing what you are doing!
Brave and honest
This is a brave and honest account from someone who has returned from the edge of an abyss.
I was astounded by how the level a human can abuse themselves and still survive.
The author clearly has a strong spirit and desire to live life to the full.
I won’t spoil the ending but it is only congruent that someone who is best placed to help addicts is someone who has been there and got the T-shirt, several times over clearly!
Practically a miracle
I want to thank Ian for sharing his story in such a profound and honest way.
I must admit, it took me some time to come through it, as I couldn’t digest more than a few pages at the time.
Ian has lived in a world so far from mine; I cannot believe how he even survived this wild journey.
In this book he actually explains that addicts are fundamentally survivors, and I know how resilient our complex bodies can be, but it’s still practically a miracle.
I am so happy that Ian uses his story to help others, and I am very impressed by the way he does it.
Way to go!
I root for you, Ian!
Loved this book and am recommending it
This book is all about Ian Young’s fall from grace.
It’s about his drug and alcohol use and his trip from having a great life to a life full of demons.
It reads like a novel at first but it’s so much more.
It’s how a person can get into the life of addiction and lose everything.
It is also about his rise again to a full beautiful life without drugs or alcohol with the help of a 12 step program.
He tells his story with compassion.
He also points out to the reader how you can recover.
I loved this book and am recommending it to my freinds and familys in recovery.
There is hope
Very interesting book.
Talks about addiction and how to recover.
A must read for all adults, if you nave an addiction or know someone who is using.
There is hope.
What I so love about personal branding is that it’s all about YOU – Your mind-set, Your personality, Your Values, Your Mission… your attributes. Ian Young shares in this short video how he keeps his authentic personal brand attribute alive every single day – so effortlessly done as it’s just HIM!
It’s a miracle
Thank you Ian for being honest, open and brave to write this book! It’s a miracle you went through what you went through alive and with such compassion and passion to help others! Never give up! You’re right it’s not about you it’s about all of us addicts or not! But this book is certainly about you and it is GREAT!!
Inspiring for all
This is a great book and tells the truth of someone who walked the walk and talked the talk. Could not put this down. Inspiring for all.
Your book has been inspiring
I hope you are well.
Since I spoke to you last I have read ‘It’s Not About Me’ and want to say I am far wiser and more knowledgeable than ever before about the long journey through addiction and back to sobriety. Your book has been inspiring, enlightened me, made me cry, filled me with despair yet hope and longing for my daughter to one day see that glimmer of light that will grow and help her very soon to realise what she has to do to get well.
Ian, I feel I’ve tried everything, I’ve been soft, tough, soft again, and at present am trying just to love her, be her mum but not giving her any cash but still reminding her that help is at hand once she accepts her need and asks for it.
I missed my tube and bus stops several times as I was so engrossed in it! The 12 steps you describe sound amazing and I so want S. to have that chance.
Overcoming your addiction
“Congratulations on overcoming your addiction and finding a way to help others . Respect is due. I’m inspired by your determination and proud to know you.”
So many great stories within one book
So many great stories within one book… but ultimately a sobering read about addiction and what a long lasting recovery looks like. The author is honest and down-to-earth, sharing his own personal story without the self-help rhetoric, painting a vivid picture of the insanity of active addiction. Recommended. ~
Do you know an addict? If so, BUY THIS BOOK!!!
Do you know an addict? If so, BUY THIS BOOK!!! I know Ian personally and this book doesn’t begin to tell half the story. A helpless, hopeless addict that has found redemption by taking simple suggestions, following a new spiritual path and attempting to help others. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll wince, you’ll shake your head in disbelief but I guarantee that you’ll be rooting for Ian to clean up. A wonderful story with a very happy ending. Read it – more will be revealed… Spencer (One of “the tribe”) x
Hey Ian, I just wanted to tell you how profoundly brilliant your book is.
You’ve put into words so many of the thoughts, feelings, emotions, excuses and justifications I had when I was using.
I’ve taken screenshots and sent them to family and I’ve read them to my fiancé and it’s helping so much to show them where my headspace was when I was using and how it takes over your identity and your life.
Thank you so much.
Ian is a captivating presenter
Ian is a captivating presenter that speaks from the heart with the sincere wish to help people overcome their addictions. As he comes from personal experience it is very convincing and his success rate is astounding. –
Ian Young is impressive
Ian Young is impressive in both his experience and solutions relating to addictions. He brings a compassionate and intelligent speaking style to his subject, which I found truly inspiring. I look forward to his book.
Amazing influence in my life
Ian Young was an amazing influence in my life last year and has continued to be a wonderful support to me since. He helped me to research a film role I was determined to get right. It was the role of a police woman struggling with alcohol and cocaine addiction. Ian introduced me to some unbelievable people who were so honest and open about their own experiences of addiction and rehabilitation. The whole experience was unbelievably moving to me as a person and made the role in to something that exceeded all of my expectations as an actress. I knew, after my time with Ian researching, that I had to honour him and all the people who had given me their time in my performance. I am so grateful to all of them. I don’t care how the role is perceived as long as they and Ian gives it the thumbs up! That’s what matters.
Seeing the generosity, commitment and humour Ian brings to the people he works with is truly inspirational. He uses his own struggle and experience to help others through theirs. Not the kind of humanity you find every day. He is one of those people that makes things happen. All I had to do was ask if he could sort me out with some people to talk to and places to visit for research and it was done. He really did make what I thought to be the impossible, possible. I could not have done it without you Ian! Let’s hope the film does well, but most importantly, let’s hope all the people I met are happy and healthy and continue to thrive on the support you and people like you give them. Thanks for being so generous and putting yourself on the line for a complete stranger. All the blessings in the world for all you put your hand to.
I am lucky to have Ian as my business coach
I am lucky to have Ian as my business coach. He always asks me the right questions and makes me think about whether I am on the right track. Also he keeps coming up with great ideas and suggestions that really help me on. He makes me write a summary of each session, including my follow up actions. That put an end to procrastination pretty drastically! Thanks ever so much Ian!
Blown me away with his support and kindness
Ian Young reached out and assisted me when I began seeking a publisher for my novel, some of which was based on hard personal experience. Although his contacts were in other areas of publishing, he has blown me away with his support and kindness.
Gave me the gift of hope
I remember sitting in a room in prison one day, lost, alone and beaten, on the phone talking to Ian. He gave me something during that 10-minute call that had been taken from me over years… he gave me the gift of hope… gratitude. Ian was also one of the first people I met when I came into rehab for my severe drug addiction (which is why I was in prison in the first place) and he never judged me, something I was not used to…. faith.
From that point on he has always been a silent companion on this journey, who I know would come through for me should I need direction or support.
In Ian just being himself I was able to find inspiration to just be me… courage. Thank you Ian, for being a key component in my recovery, which has now saved my life… unity. God bless you Ian Young –
“helping others”, being charitable
I first met Ian Young nearly nine years ago when I came to a treatment centre, which he ran. Ian did my assessment over the phone and suggested that I should come to him for treatment. Having successfully graduated, he then helped me a great deal until one day he suggested one day that I become more involved in service work – “helping others”, being charitable with my time. I knew nothing about being of service and his words were, “You will meet a lot more like minded people and your recovery will take off”. And that has been my experience…it’s like I have a mission in life now. I have done a lot of different service commitments in the UK and it has helped my recovery. I will always be grateful to Ian Young for helping me on my journey.
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