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Sadly, we have all been affected by the drug epidemic....one way or another. I’m an RN at a local hospital. I’ve seen the aftermath of drug addiction, of overdosing...where the pt ‘lives’ thru the ordeal...only to either attempt to get someone to ‘bring their next fix’ to them in the hospital, or leave ‘AMA’ (against medical advice) bc they just can’t wait. I’ve also had a very dear friend lose a son to this epidemic. The author takes you on his journey into the bowels of hell...explaining the ‘why’ & ‘how’. And finally...his road to recovery....which, he openly talks about the fact that he’s been clean for 18 years...and acknowledges that it’s still a struggle...he makes the choice everyday to remain clean. He is a local guy so is just surreal to be reading about all this craziness that was going on just outside my door !!
This book deserves 10 stars!!! I couldn't put it down and when I finished I was in shock and wanted to keep reading! I'm not in recovery or an addict or even familiar with this lifestyle but this true story captured me and gave me all the feels anyways. I did recently lose an old friend to this disease and this opened my eyes to a whole new world I didn't even no existed. You will not be disappointed reading this 10 star book!!
Chasing A Flawed Sun lead me through a spiral of emotions. As the sister of a full blown addict, I read this book at times with disgust. I could relate to how Danny’s family felt, and just like my own brother, hated him for doing this. I cried, as I stayed up all night reading this book, tears so hard for my lost brother, who I know is out there feeling helpless, worthless and alone, fighting his fight with his own “flawed sun”. I cheered for Danny every time he got “clean” just as I have done for my own brother ever since he was a child trying drugs and alcohol for the first times. Sadly for him, like Danny, he fell quickly into the deep strangle of their addictions and every time he tried something new, it lead to a more serious addiction. Most importantly, this book, made me feel empathy, for my brother and the other addicts out there fighting the horrible holds of addiction. There is nothing I wouldn’t do to have my brother back, and hope that one day, he will beat the odds, like Danny, and be clean. Until then, I will pray and keep my hope! Anyone who is struggling with addiction, or has a family member, loved one, or friend struggling with addiction, I encourage you to read Danny’s book, and travel through his journey to recovery- it may help, and keep some hope alive for you!
Ever wondered the inner thoughts of an addict? The reasons behind their behaviors? Or how addiction affects those who love the addict? I myself have addiction within my family and I myself have always struggled to see through their eyes. Chasing a Flawed Sun is an amazing read that takes you on Danny’s journey through his addiction, his internal battle within is mind as well as his families. I learned a lot about how the mental side of addiction and the grasp it has on the addict is incredible in both a horrible way and a somewhat exciting way. I learned a lot through this book that I will take along with me and that will help me in helping those addicted in my family. Tough love is something I’ve always had a hard time doing but I’ve always known I have and had to do it. Danny talks about his family and what they did to help him in his worst times in life. That’s something I’ve struggled with and knowing others have done similar things as myself has helped me know I’m doing my best as a loved one of an addict. To read that some addicts still have empathy, and remorse even in their active addiction allows me to see addicts as humans and not just the “junkie”. I encourage everyone to read this book, have an open mind and really take in what your reading. Danny takes you through his darkest times and keeps you on your toes wanting more. I didn’t want this book to end. Thank you for baring your whole soul to us. Thank you for inviting us into your story and lastly thank you to your family for staying strong and holding faith that one day their son would return. I hope my parents get the happy ending yours did. Keeping Chasing your Sun/Son Danny and continue to do wonderful things.
I heard about his book through a friend of mine, we are both dealing with family members who are addicts. I'm so glad I read it because it made me look at addiction with a new set of eyes. I understand now how easy it is to get addicted and how hard it is to get clean and stay clean. I also never realized just how bad the drug epidemic is in Harford County.
This book really opens your eyes to the life of an addict. Danny does a great job relaying all the small play by play details that show you the dark depths of addiction. The way he describes the hold it has on you and the thought processes he went through falling in and out of the habit provide a relatability that a lot of writers aren’t able to project. I loved how he described the redundancy of his relapses at different time periods in his life but showed the different ways he lead himself down the wrong path each time. His multiple descriptions of how addiction takes a grip of your life and mentality is eye-opening. I also guarantee any that has been an addict or dealt with addicted personally can identify significantly with similar routines and events that occurred throughout his story.
This is also a book about mental toughness and what it takes to dig yourself out of something only you can control and just how difficult it is to pull away from anything with such control over your psyche.
It’s unfortunate this is a true story but it’s a story that needs to be told to lead people out of of the darkness.
I am not an addict myself, however surrounded by those who have been affected by this disease. From start to finish this is a real, raw and amazing story of how Danny begun his road INTO addiction, while he crawls his way out of it. I couldn’t put this book down and will continue to read it throughout the years to have the real insight on addiction and what it does to those we love. (Emily Pennington)
I read this book first and foremost because I knew of the author. I knew him very briefly over 2 decades ago in school. I also have had many people I know who have lost many loved ones or have many loved ones who suffer with addiction. I’ve watched someone very close to me struggle with heroin for years and eventually lost his life after being clean for years. I understand a lot of things but, the battle an addict has I just could never quite understand. Danny does an AMAZING job not just telling his story of his personal battle but, really gave me a ton of insight into how an addict truly operates. It’s one of those things in life where if you didn’t live it or know someone who took time to explain it, if they lived to tell the story, you’ll just never understand. Well done and very proud of your accomplishment!
I couldn’t put this book down!! It will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time. It needs to be a movie!!! Danny and I grew up in the same neighborhoods and I had no idea what he was going through in the years I hadn’t seen him around. I think Danny’s vulnerability makes this book a useful education and prevention tool. Young kids should read this and understand how recreational use of drugs and alcohol could lure anyone down a difficult and tragic path in life. Everyone needs to understand the highs and lows of addiction, and be able to have open minded conversations about other ways to cope with emotions associated with our insecurities, stress, anger, depression, etc. This book is also perfect for prescription drug addicts and their families who suffer with them. Well done, my friend!!
I received this book on Sunday and could not put it down. I read it in 3 days! Anyone in a program of recovery who has struggled with getting clean before should read this book! I felt like I was reading about myself at times and completely identified with the feelings of hopelessness. I traveled through a similar journey and have to say it was the best thing that ever happened to me in the end. I plan on sharing this book with a group of recovering young men I work with. I know it will help someone along the way. It's helped me identify some of my issues and through reading this, I now understand why I did some of the things I have done. This is truly an amazing story of one man's journey through addiction. I highly recommend reading this book. We do recover!!!!!