‘With Hope in My Heart: A Memoir’
‘With Hope in My Heart’ is a heartwarming and funny memoir written by Recovery Road’s founder, Baylissa Frederick.
Back cover blurb:
In this ‘can’t put down’ moving and candid memoir, Baylissa Frederick reflects on her survival of an intense withdrawal experience and the lessons learned. From dependency, bankruptcy, destitution and disastrous dates to recovery and revival, she relates her story with humour, simplicity and grace. You will be moved and ultimately inspired by this account of survival against insurmountable odds.
A reader’s review:
‘A ‘must read’ and ‘can’t put down’ book
This is an entertaining as well as informative book about prescription drug withdrawal. Bliss has put a ‘real life’ context to withdrawal by describing what her life was like through her experience whilst highlighting many amusing, uplifting, and challenging incidents she went through on her way to recovery.
It’s a fun, ‘must read’ for both sufferers and non-sufferers of withdrawal. Sufferers will empathize with Bliss’ experiences and find it comforting, and at times amusing, to recognize many experiences similar to their own described by Bliss, and non-sufferers will gain valuable insight as to what real life can be like for somebody recovering from prescription medication while trying to cope with life. As a person who has been through the withdrawal experience I highly recommend this book.’
‘With Hope in My Heart’ is available at:
‘Recovery and Renewal’
This widely successful book is recommended for anyone in the throes of withdrawal, and for family, friends, professionals and other carers who will be able to better understand the experience and will be well equipped to give support. Doctors, counsellors, rehabilitation staff, recovery and mental health organisations will gain invaluable insight critical to providing best care.
‘Recovery and Renewal’ is regarded as a ‘lifeline’ and readers are inspired by the author’s courage and determination. It gives all the validation needed to eliminate the stress that doubts and uncertainty of what is taking place may bring, and does so with the reassuring feeling of one’s hand gently being held.
‘There are astonishingly few books on dependence on and withdrawal from prescription drugs, and fewer still that are as balanced, informative and helpful as Recovery and Renewal. This is one of the most important areas of medicine but one of the most neglected. Anyone can get you on a drug, but it takes real healing to get you off them.’
– David Healy MD, FRCPsych, Psychiatrist, Psychopharmacologist and author of ‘Pharmageddon’
‘This book gives warm-hearted understanding and practical advice about benzodiazepine and antidepressant dependence and withdrawal. It is based on personal experience, since the author has herself been through withdrawal. She is an experienced counsellor who has already helped many others through her support group, Recovery Road; this new edition will extend her proved success and will be a help to many others.‘
– Professor C Heather Ashton, DM, FRCP, Clinical Psychopharmacologist and the UK’s leading expert on benzodiazepines
‘The personal stories are both insightful and at times moving. Having suffered severe and protracted withdrawal from prescription medication herself, Frederick writes from real experience. With practical information about going cold turkey versus tapering, and chapters specifically for caregivers and medical professionals, I will recommend this book for information and inspiration to the patients I see withdrawing from antidepressant and antianxiety medicines.’
– Peter Smith, holistic medical consultant and author of ‘Sleep Better with Natural Therapies’