top of page

Lessons From a Crack Addict Who Broke Free


"Profound reflections on resilience, self-discovery, and the power of human connection." - Readers' Favorite

"This gripping memoir reveals the weight of grief, the toll of substance abuse, the slippery nature of recovery, and the ultimate serenity of taking back your power." - Self-Publishing Review

Director of Academics (Secondary)


I found myself cheering for Rory as I learned to know and love him through his struggles and triumphs. There is an honesty and authenticity in his words and his journey that have stayed with me long after reading his story.

Bank Vice President


I could empathize with the broken, struggling human being and his feelings of failure. He fell short, faced overwhelming odds, and was exhausted from fighting uphill for so long. His pain was evident. I felt the pull of addiction. The hopelessness of escape. The danger of being drawn back in.

High School English Teacher


This story is real, raw, and painful, but throughout it all, his love of life and determination to leave a positive mark in the community persevered. Rory’s story is an example of how at any point, we each have the power to say, “This is not how the story ends.” Truly inspirational.

Executive Director, Cradle2Career


It’s beautiful. It’s true. It’s honest. It’s brave… and not just Rory’s story, but Sweta’s too. A blossoming friendship. You’ve bared your hearts and souls and shown your love for the world, sharing it with whoever is open to hearing it. That is this book, one that I desperately needed. I am changed. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

High School Art Teacher


A real page-turner, I wanted to find out how Rory’s journey would unfold. But I also loved hearing how the author applied Rory’s lessons in her personal and teaching life. I applaud Sweta for not only trusting her instinct in writing the book, but also her perseverance and discipline in making it happen. I can’t wait for the next one!

Mentor to those in recovery


I finished this book in one day. It’s written from the heart, as real as can be. I saw myself in Rory’s story and had to know how things ended. There’s hope for all of us.

bottom of page