This book is not just your typical story of one man’s battle with his addictions but a comprehensive guide through the recovery process for addicts, the families of addicts, and the addicted loved ones in our lives. With over twenty years of his life spent addicted to drugs, sex, self-mutilation, gambling, alcohol, and prescription pills, Mark has already earned his “PhD” in addiction psychology and addictive behaviors. Assembled from a copious array of his own knowledge and life experiences, the wisdom and experiences of other addicts (both actively using and those in recovery), obtainable educational materials, countless hours of one-on-one, family, and group therapy sessions, and actual implementation throughout the last four years of his everyday life, Mark peels back the many layers of his addictions in an all-out attempt to wage war and win against the constant daily battles inside his head. Fraught with countless failures, relapses, and mental setbacks, his heart bleeds onto these pages the emotional and psychological pain that addiction has brought into his life and the lives of those who love him, for addiction doesn’t discriminate whom it tears apart! With a fervent love of cinema and superheroes, an adoration of history spanning all eras of civilization, and an unquenchable desire for intellectual wealth and knowledge through the absorption of books, Mark projects a calming sense of reasoning and logic all without shying away from the exploration of his own vulnerabilities and of his own demons in a last-ditch attempt to break the cycle of addiction. Join him on his journey of self-discovery—our journey of self-discovery! Learn from his life experiences living as an addict. Expand on what he has applied to his own life, and transform it into your own applications so that together we can finally begin to see that the battle to regain our self-worth and defeat our addictions or understand a loved one living in addiction is a winnable one after all!