By: Jeremy Woodley
Throughout my teen years and into my early 20’s, I had struggled with alcohol. Then in 1993, I started to experiment with drugs. This carried on until I hit my bottom during the Spring of 2000. In the early morning of June 21/2000, I left Brantford to get help. I went to Hamilton men’s detox that night, and I’ve been sober ever since. Now, I’ve been 18 years sober, ever since the age of 24. All during this time, the aftermath of coming from a broken home, toward the later part of the 90’s, early 2000’s, I didn’t see my family, nor my childhood friends I grew up with. I struggled at holding down a job, and addiction affected my relations with my loved ones.
So after a 2 week stay in the detox centre, I ended up at G&B House, a men’s recovery home in Owen Sound. I’ve since lived in Owen Sound, where I help others as a Personal Support Worker (PSW) through my own business Jeremy Woodley Care Services. And over the years, I’ve made frequent visits home to Brantford/Six Nations.
With the recent loss of my Mother and loss of a few other friends who succumbed to addictions, I felt inspired and wanted to write my life autobiography. In an effort to help people, and show that there’s a better way of living, and things can turn around… that dreams do come true.
My book is a real life story of me, a young man who turned his life around, found his Faith, and reconciled with his family and friends. It’s also about how music such as the Beatles had an impact on my life. Along the way, I’ve had other musicians who have touched my heart, and I’ve been able to meet the likes of Bret Hart, Mitch Marner, Connor Brown, and Roger Hodgson (formerly of Supertramp).
A person doesn’t have to stay stuck or trapped. Get help now while you can. My story of no matter how life starts out, one can always turn things around.
You’re all invited to my upcoming book signing event on Friday, December 7th at the Gospel Lighthouse on King George Road, from 12 pm to 4 pm. During the morning of December 7th, I’ll also be live on the morning show on Arise Brantford 93.9. I’ve appeared twice on Arise with Mini & Friends. So you can tune in to hear more about my story too.
If you’re looking for a book to be inspired by, or to help someone struggling with addiction, this book is for you. It’ll make a great Christmas gift. You can purchase my book at: Chapters/Indigo, Amazon, Word Alive Press, and generally anywhere Christian books are sold.