To Hell and Back

A Surgeon's Story of Addiction: 12 Prescriptions for Awareness

Steven B. Heird

Morgan James Publishing (publisher)

Here, in this raw account of one doctor's journey to Hell and back. . .is the "prescription" that could save the life of someone you love.
Addiction can affect anyone---of any occupation, education, or social class. The most common denominator among all addicts though. . .is that they once thought it could never happen to them.
As Head of the Department of Vascular Surgery at a large community hospital, Dr. Steve Heird was well aware of all this. Yet even as he wrote one illegal prescription after another---all for himself---he refused to believe he had a problem. He was in control. It could never happen to him.
But the day came when---tired of playing a game of cat-and-mouse with the DEA, and finally ready to accept help with his problem---Steve had to face his family and go into rehab.
Everything that mattered to him---his family, his career, his lifestyle---was on the line, and he risked losing it all, to serve a ten-year prison sentence.
"That was one of the worst days of my life" he now says. "I had hurt the people I loved most. I felt overwhelmed with shame and self-loathing. How could I have screwed up so badly?"
But there's a silver lining to the cloud that followed Dr. Heird all those years. His personal healing has led to the creation of a system of strategies for recognizing the warning signs---whether in yourself or others---and overcoming any addictions, along with the fear and self-doubt that feed them.
In this entertaining and inspiring true-life account, and through his Prescriptions For Awareness healing program, Dr. Heird proves beyond a doubt that. . .NOBODY is entirely "above the reach" of addiction. . .and no addict need ever feel doomed to remain forever within its grasp.

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