Emmanuel S. John the Author and Why the Books Were Written

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Emmanuel S. John and Why the Books Were Written

My name is Emmanuel S. John.
I wrote “Addiction: Why They Use” and “Addiction: Am I Powerless” with a sincere desire to lessen the suffering of families struggling with addiction.  Whether you are dealing with a minor substance abuse problems or a major life threatening chronic illnesses these books were written for you and your family.

Having worked and volunteered in the field of addiction for almost 30 years I have learned and developed many tools that I would like to share with you. I share this information with the hope of lessening the torment you may be experiencing because of this dreadful disease.

My Goal for Writing the Books

These books have been written with the primary goal of lessening the pains of addiction.  I wrote them for the whole family; for the addicted, for the addicted’s family and  for other primary or significant figures in the addicted’s life.

The idea is simple; we lessen the pain and confusion by understanding and depersonalizing the nature of the illness. By examining the facts and learning the truth we free ourselves from the fear and stress.

I am a clinical professional not an academic.  I learned by first hand experience.  I began my work with addicts back in the glory days of the 28-day treatment program.  Back when insurance companies paid for a somewhat more practical level of care.

I have worked in nearly every one modality of drug treatment.  I’ve worked in and managed 28 days treatment programs, long term inpatient (more than 28 days) and recovery addictforensic/jail based programs.  I’ve  also worked in and developed Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), Non-Intensive Out Patient Treatment Programs (often referred to as drug counseling), early intervention and even in prevention programs working with elementary school children in the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.

In addition to working with addicts directly I have also worked extensively with the family members and the loved ones of addicts regardless of their ages.  My private practice has been extremely successful but in order to share the awareness that I have attained with the greatest number of people I wrote the books. I have designed and conducted numerous professional seminars on the subject of addiction.  I currently help other care givers, addiction professionals and treatment programs become more effective care givers.

I consider myself extremely fortunate to have had a vast amount of exposure to different cultural groups. I worked for nearly 7 years in the Baltimore City Public School system: Some were integrated but most were predominantly African American.  Never shying away from a challenge I have entered some of the toughest schools in a city full of “tough” schools; sometimes when other professionals could no longer persevere.  During this time I conducted one of the longest running drug dealers groups in the city’s history.  One of the most successful in the nation at that time.

I have also worked with many spiritual, cultural and religious groups.  Remember, addiction is a 12 step helpdisease.  Being a chronic disease it affects a portion of the population regardless of religious affiliation, family nurturing, socioeconomic level, or emotional functioning.

Long after I attained my clinical education I decided to enter into a program at the University of Maryland for a degree in “Instructional Systems Development.” Here I attained more insight into educational design  and information delivery.  I did this in order to increase the effectiveness of substance abuse education (like the books).  All my efforts focused on a sincere hope and desire of better informing people about the ills of addiction.

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I would love to receive your feedback once you have read the books. You can email me at whytheyuse@gmail.com