Bestselling Irish author starts alcoholism advice column
08/05/2009

Paul Campbell, author of the bestselling title I’ll Stop Tomorrow, brings his advice to The Irish Book Review in a weekly column on understanding and dealing with alcoholism

Online PR News – 05-August-2009 – – Paul Campbell was one of Dublin's most dynamic and successful businessmen. He had a loving family and lived in a beautiful home. Yet in only three months he lost it all. He found himself living alone in a bedsit. He had lost his family, his business, his home and had nothing to look forward to in life. Why? Because he was an alcoholic and alcohol had taken control of his life.

Through practical suggestions his book, and now his column provides alcoholics, their families and friends a step-by-step guide to recognizing and accepting their illness and embarking on the road to recovery.

During his drinking days Paul Campbell let down and hurt many people - his family and loved ones in particular. Alcoholism is known as the 'family illness' and it truly is. Before alcoholism kills, it usually destroys the lives of loved ones, the ones ironically that care about the alcoholic the most.

Paul Campbell’s new column is written with these people in mind. To Campbell's mind, family members are usually the silent victims of alcoholism. It is not written by an academic or a doctor. It doesn't have carefully drawn charts or squiggly diagrams describing a variety of personalities and behavior patterns.

It is written by someone who had everything, who lost everything, who went through the living hell of chronic alcoholism and the tough times of recovery. Ultimately though, he is proof that there is hope for everyone - even the most crazy, out-of-control, self-destructive alcoholic. Paul Campbell discovered that giving up drink was only half the battle. Living and enjoying life is the real challenge.
Each week, Paul’s column will offer practical advice, both the alcoholics their families, which helps them to better understand their situation, and to find hope in it. Dealing with alcoholism, whether you are suffering from it, or because a loved one is, needs to be done with understanding. According to Paul, “As alcoholism is a complex illness, simple answers are never enough. Any illness that affects people physically, mentally and spiritually requires recovery that tackles all three of those aspects. One thing is certain – all alcoholics end up behaving in a destructive, anti social manner – usually hurting the family most of all.”

Today, Paul Campbell is many years sober and works as an Addiction Counselor in Kildare. His book is an Irish bestseller, and has been featured on Ireland’s national talk show, The Late Late Show. His article features weekly on The Irish Book Review.

If you'd like more information, or to schedule an interview with Paul Campbell, please contact The Irish Book Review editor Liam Moroney at 347/791-4488 or e-mail Liam at editor@theirishbookreview.com

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