“This father shares the story of his daughter who died young due to issues with alcohol and drugs. He shares his own history and his parents and it’s clear that Lisa’s problems have a genetic source. It’s particularly sad because she works toward sobriety with success for 3 years. Her story is tragic, but parents with children going through this will relate and I believe it will be helpful to them to read.” -Amazon Reviewer
Lisa was a bright, beautiful young girl who had all the potential and creativity to be happy and successful. She also had the disease of addiction.
Introduced to alcohol at the age of fourteen, Lisa slipped into a world of addiction and ultimate tragedy. Her struggles and triumphs over addiction are chronicled in this heartfelt story.
Her father, Gary, a recovering alcoholic with over forty years of continuous sobriety, writes candidly about his daughter’s recovery and the fatal mistake that lead to her untimely death. He shares his knowledge about recovery and the greatest myth associated with this disease. Growing up in a family pre-disposed to alcoholism, Gary was able to break the cycle of addiction and offers his insight. He explores the “alcoholic personality” and what can be done to stay sober a day at a time.
Lisa’s Light is for anyone that wants to better understand this disease of addiction. For those in recovery, her story is a testament to the seriousness and devastation of a disease that is cunning, baffling, and powerful. It’s a disease that never “takes a rest”.
About the Author
Gary and Judy Stoefen, I have had over 40 years of continuous sobriety and know this subject matter well. When I was 28 years old (back in 1980), I decided to quit drinking after being “sick and tired” of being “sick and tired”. I joined a 12 step recovery group and have stayed sober ever since, one day at a time. My daughter, Lisa, was also in recovery and sober for three years as a teenager. Sadly, the disease of addiction claimed her life when she turned 21. I decided to write this book in honor of her memory and more importantly, to allow readers an insight into this devastating disease. I offer practical suggestions based on my experience, strength and hope. Lisa helped many people in recovery while sober. She is still doing that today by my telling her story of triumph and tragedy.
Approximately 10 million American youth under the age of 21 drink alcohol. Nearly half of them drink to excess, consuming five or more drinks in a row, one or more times in a two-week period. Alcohol is the most frequently used drug by high school seniors, and its use is increasing. Boys usually try alcohol for the first time at just 11 years old, while the average age for American girls’ first drink is 13. In short, our nation’s youth are flirting with disaster.
Ongoing Prevention: To reduce under-aged drinking and to inform youth about the negative consequences of drinking alcohol.
Ongoing Recovery: To promote awareness about the disease of alcoholism. Understanding relapse and the “great myth” surrounding the disease of addiction.
To find out more about Lisa’s story visit the website at: lisaslight.com