“I Couldn’t NOT Write this Book”
We are pleased to participate today in the virtual book tour for Randy Haveson’s new book, Party With a Plan. Currently on tour with iRead Book Tours, you will find articles and interviews at numerous sites. To see the full schedule, check out the Author’s Home Page at iRead.
Mr Haveson has written an article for us here on Jaquo as well, as part of the tour. Do enjoy the article, and if you have a minute, let us know what you think.
I Couldn’t NOT Write this Book
By Randy Haveson
Ever have that feeling that you were born to do a certain thing? Everything in your life has led you to a time and place where the voice in your head says, “Ok, now!” Well, that’s what happened with Party with a Plan.
I wanted to be a therapist. I wanted to help people. You see, back in high school I made some poor choices and when I got to college, those problems skyrocketed. I have been expelled from college twice, fired from jobs like pizza delivery, t-shirt screener, liquor store delivery, drummer in a rock band, and others I can barely remember. The reason, I’m a drug addict and alcoholic. Of course it was always everyone else’s fault or just “bad luck” that these things were happening to me, but finally I realized the problem was me and I reached out for help. That was in 1984 and I’ve been sober ever since.
I went back to college and got my BA in psychology and MA in counseling. I knew that my life was a gift. I knew too many people who were dead or in jail. There was a reason I was still here and had more than a few brain cells still functioning. I thought it was so I could be a counselor, but in my heart I knew that I wanted to reach more people than that, so I become a speaker. I created a presentation called Party with a Plan® that talked about my downward spiral, how I hit bottom, how I cleaned myself up, and how to avoid the path I had walked.
For years people told me to write the book, but at that time my undiagnosed ADD was not allowing me to sit and write a book. When I finally did get my diagnosis, and my medication, the book just poured out of me. Today I have three books, all of them Party with a Plan; one is for college students, one for women, and other for anyone who chooses to drink. And yes, there will be others in the future. I love writing! And I’m not ashamed of my addiction or my ADD. It’s just a part of who I am.
The premise of Party with a Plan is that I wanted to teach people how to use alcohol in a low-risk way. I was tired of “be responsible” because it can be defined in too many different ways. I wanted to find a formula that made sense and was easy to follow. So I did years of research and came up with the Party with a Plan® low-risk guidelines. Basically, I have created the equivalent of a speed limit for drinking. We all know that if you stick to the speed limit, your chance of getting in trouble is low. However, the more you go over the speed limit, and the more often you go over the speed limit, the more you put yourself and others at risk. I know, right? It makes sense!
This is my calling and I am so grateful to have this opportunity. My hope for you is that you find your calling and help make the word a better place in your own way.