Brian Pennie shouldn’t be alive today.
His drug addiction was so bad that he was deemed too much of a risk for detox. Determined to confront his demons, he went cold turkey at home. Discovered in a pool of blood, it didn’t exactly go to plan, but that’s where his life truly began. On 8 October 2013, he was finally clean after 15 years of chronic heroin addiction, and something extraordinary happened: the world suddenly became beautiful.
Free of the anxiety and fear that had always plagued him, Brian was given a second chance at life, and he devoured every minute of it. Bit by bit he rebuilt his world and began to share what he learned with others. In this incredibly honest and inspirational book, Brian shares the story of how he turned a seemingly hopeless existence into a rich and rewarding life, showing that change is always possible, no matter how stuck we feel.
Excellent book, I couldn’t put it down. The book gave me an insight into drug addition, to be honest I always felt that drug addicts were selfish people, who decided to take drugs for fun, for the buzz and while the rest of us were working hard, keeping our lives going drug addicts were enjoying their highs, having the ‘craic’ excuse the pun ? and not contributing to society. I was intrigued to read about the connection between trauma, anxiety and addiction and I know that not everyone who experiences trauma goes on to be an addict but it did get me thinking about why people take drugs, what brings them to that point.
Brian Pennie –
Thank you for the wonderful review, Amanda. I’m delighted you enjoyed the book.
Eamon O Keeffe –
A book that stays with you long after you finish reading it. Brian tells an inspiring story with unyielding honesty. Reading Brian’s description of his addiction and how he kept changing his story to justify his actions to himself, really struck a chord. I am not an addict, but I have my bad habits and I am brilliant at justifying them to myself. I would be quick to distance myself from an addict and look down on them, but how different am from them really?
Highly recommend this book, you cannot read it with learning something, not only about Brian, but about yourself. A great story of a journey that is far from over.
Downey Brogan –
Great book, inspirational read and Ive highlighted parts and stories I want to look over in times to come. Some of the sections in the book are Brilliantly inspirational. Well done Brian!! Im going to buy a book for my brother now as an early birthday present. Keep it up brian!!