Finding North

A Journey from Addict to Advocate

Non-Fiction - Memoir
256 Pages
Reviewed on 04/10/2021
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Author Biography

Marilyn L. Davis is a Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist who opened and ran an award winning residential facility from 1990-2011, called North House. She recently celebrated 32 years of abstinence-based recovery.

She is the editor-in-chief at fromaddict2advocate.com and twodropsofink.com. She is the author of Therapeutic Integrated Educational Recovery System. In 2008, Brenau University created the Marilyn Davis Community Service Learning Award, ongoing to honor individuals working in recovery and mental health. In 2010, Marilyn received the Liberty Bell award, given to non-judges and attorneys for contributions to the criminal justice system and communities.

Before reaching these milestones, she was a desperate woman on drugs, managing rock bands at night, pretending to be okay, but ultimately giving up on herself, losing her husband, children, family, and friends due to her addiction.

A chance encounter with a 74-year old Native American, named Gray Hawk, showed her that healing herself would include meetings, Steps, and providing a house of healing for other women.

Finding North: A Journey from Addict to Advocate is that journey and available on Amazon.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Finding North: A Journey from Addict to Advocate by Marilyn L Davis takes readers on a journey of the author's life. Marilyn speaks about addiction and how easy it was to experiment with her mom's pills at a young age to escape from reality where she was unhappy because of a strained home and miserable school life. Her success story will inspire many readers who lead dangerous lifestyles because of their addictions and encourage them to emerge from addiction. She also speaks about the setbacks and struggles of addiction and the lifelong lessons they taught her. The author's story and her vision give hope to addicts. It is a good guide for readers who are addicts to escape from their addiction and get started on their healing and recovery.

The memoir is raw and honest, and the author minces no words when it comes to sharing her story. Addicts will be able to connect with the author's words, the commonality of their feelings, thoughts, and poor choices they made in their addiction, and finally the redemption that happens through the recovery phase. The author also shows how different yet distinctly typical an addict's path is. The story of how North House came into existence is also quite interesting. Her success story will make addicts come to terms with their loss and find ways to heal and get on with their lives. Finding North: A Journey from Addict to Advocate is a good page-turner and Marilyn L Davis's story will give courage, hope, and determination to addicts to get free from their addiction and pain, and finally find their way to healing, and leading good lives.

Sandra Freeman

I've known Marilyn Davis thru Facebook and have grown to respect her so much. Her book is a great read and flows easily. She's very open and honest. Great job Marilyn

Catherine Townsend-Lyon, Advocate

I can not be more happy and elated with this fantastic book review for my friend and mentor, Author Marilyn L. Davis for her beautifully written memoir. I surely knew her new book would grab a 5-STARS from Readers Favorite and why I encouraged her to request it! This book can help others learn the pitfalls of drug addiction, and she shared how easy it can happen.

Marilyn, with running North House, has helped many women through the years and continues to do so to this day. I am so inspired by all she does in both recovery and within her impeccable writing skills.