“Nowadays kids are turning to drugs and alcohol at an alarming rate,” says Stephen, who is also the President of the Board at Turning Point Rehabilitation Center in Verona, NJ. “Rather than teach kids of the problems that can be the result of substance abuse, it seems the media glorifies it.”
Stephen’s new book is about his personal battle with drugs and alcohol, and the long dark road addiction took him down. In Rising Above the Influence, he candidly recounts his indoctrination into the world of substance abuse as a young teenager; and the desperate, sometimes morbidly comical situations he endured to support his heavy addictions to heroin, prescription drugs, cocaine and alcohol.
“I consider myself to be one of the lucky ones,” says Stephen. “I know many people who have ended up with serious prison time due to their addictions, and even some who have died.”
Since his commitment to getting sober and turning his life around over twenty years ago, Stephen wants to share his story in hopes people can see how destructive the substance abuse lifestyle is.
“I had to learn the hard way, but in a way I am grateful for everything that happened because it has all led to the amazing life I live today,” Stephen states. “If my book can inspire one person to change his lifestyle, or help out the family members of an addict, then I have succeeded.”
Rising Above the Influence is his honest and inspiring account of the depths one man can fall to—and the heights he can achieve if only he reaches out a hand for help.
For more information about Stephen or for a brief synopsis of the book, please visit www.risingabovetheinfluence.net
The book is now available for sale at the following sites:
(Rising Above the Influence by Steven Della Valle; ISBN: 0-9801776-0-