Thursday, April 01, 2010

A Memoir of Addiction and Finding Fulfillment: Addict at 10 (Giveaway – 3 Winners!)

The following video tells the story of Derek Steele, who had his first sip of alcohol at age 8, smoked pot at 10, and was fully addicted to ecstasy, meth and cocaine by 16. As a parent, I can’t even imagine exposing my child to that kind of childhood. But Derek had the misfortune to be born into a family of addicts. His parents laughed as he sipped his first margaritas and got drunk for the first time at age 8. Derek’s first line of coke came straight from a stash found in his father’s briefcase. Dismissive and materialistic, his parents were absent for most of his childhood. To cope, Derek sold drugs in junior high, dropped out of high school and wound up behind bars. At age 20, he was homeless, unemployed and hiding from a vicious drug dealer who wanted him dead.

Watch this short video of his story. It’s hard to believe that the adorable boy in this video had this kind of childhood.



(Email subscribers may need to click on the title of this post to access the video on my blog.)

As the video shows, however, a miracle took place in 1993, when Derek resolved to change his life. In the middle of a drug deal, he walked away and told those he was dealing with, “You’ll never see me again.” With the support of a 12-step program, he found God, and left drugs and alcohol behind. Within a year he was a partner in a successful company. Work became his passion, and he continued to grow as an entrepreneur — eventually owning several successful companies. By the age of 35, he was a multimillionaire, married, and started a family.

This fascinating story is told in the new book, Addict at 10: How I Overcame Addiction, Poverty, and Homelessness to Become a Millionaire by 35. You can learn more about Derek Steele’s life and his incredible book at http://dereksteele.com/.

GIVEAWAY (3 winners!)

Three lucky readers of this blog will win a copy of Addict at 10! To enter, go to http://dereksteele.com and leave a comment here telling something you learned on the site. You must do this to enter the giveaway.

You can earn optional, additional entries by:

- Following me (@ParentingAuthor) and author Derek Steele (@derekrsteele) on Twitter and tweeting about this giveaway. You may tweet this giveaway up to twice a day. Leave a separate comment with the URL of each tweet. (It’s easy to tweet this giveaway by using the Bookmark button at the bottom of this post. 1 entry per tweet.)

- Subscribing to Susan Heim on Parenting via email and/or RSS feed (see sign-up options on left sidebar). Leave a comment for each subscription method. (1 entry for email; 1 entry for RSS feed)

- Following Susan Heim on Parenting through Google Friend Connect. Click on the “Follow” button on the left sidebar. Leave a comment. (1 entry)

- Putting a button for Susan Heim on Parenting on your blog (the code is in the upper right-hand column of this site) and/or a text link on your blog roll. Post a comment with your blog’s URL. (1 entry for button; 1 entry for text link)

- Posting this giveaway on your blog with a link to this page and http://dereksteele.com. Leave a comment with a direct link to the post. (3 entries; leave a separate comment for each)

Three winners will be randomly selected from the qualified comments received by Thursday, April 15, 2010, at midnight ET. Please leave an email address on one of your comments if it’s not available on your Blogger profile. Winners must respond within 72 hours or another winner will be drawn. Open to U.S. residents only.

CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to the winners: Francine, Welcome to My World, and lilyk!





DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book after posting as a thank-you for my participation in hosting this giveaway. No other compensation was provided.

57 comments:

  1. I am subscribed via google reader

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  2. I learned that the book also educates readers about addiction; the road to recovery; and the importance of God, twelve step programs, therapy, and service to others.


    fmd518(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. Sounds like a fascinating story. I would love to win it.
    I am also a follower on Google Friend Connect.

    lillyswiste at gmail dot com

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  4. Of course, I forgot to add the crucial component.

    The interesting thing for me is that Mr. Steele started his road to recovery at the age of 20 when most addicts are just getting "warmed up".

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  5. I learned many things on his site, but I wanted to point out that Covenant House seems to have played a vital role in Derek's recovery. Praise God!
    roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com

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  6. I follow you and Derek Steele on Twitter and tweeted once for 4/2...

    http://twitter.com/HSBSuzanne/status/11513489850

    roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com

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  7. I'm subscribed via email.
    roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com

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  8. I follow via Google Friend Connect.
    roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com

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  9. I'm subscribed via Google Reader (RSS Feed).
    roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com

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  10. I have you on my blogroll (text link)...

    http://anitamartin.wordpress.com/

    roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com

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  11. I have your button on my blog...

    http://anitamartin.wordpress.com/

    roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com

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  12. I learned that he started the 12 step program in 93.

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  13. tweeted http://twitter.com/davisesq212/status/11572568122

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  14. I follow you and derek steele on twitter.

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  15. I am subscribing to Susan Heim on Parenting via google friend connect

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  16. I am subscribing to Susan Heim on Parenting via email

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  17. I am subscribed by rss feed.

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  18. tweet for 4/4...

    http://twitter.com/HSBSuzanne/status/11623989867

    roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com

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  19. 1st tweet for 4/5...

    http://twitter.com/HSBSuzanne/status/11659660795

    roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com

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  20. I learned that in 1993 his “moment of clarity” came at age 20. That year he also found God and was saved. lockwoodmerrie@yahoo.com

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  21. I subscribe to your blog via email.
    lockwoodmerrie@yahoo.com

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  22. I subscribe via RSS feed.
    lockwoodmerrie@yahoo.com

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  23. I follow Susan Heim on Parenting through Google Friend Connect. lockwoodmerrie@yahoo.com

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  24. I follow you (@ParentingAuthor) and author Derek Steele (@derekrsteele) on Twitter and tweeted: http://twitter.com/mjl6mom2/status/11785426611
    lockwoodmerrie@yahoo.com

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  25. I blogged about this...

    http://anitamartin.wordpress.com/2010/04/07/wacky-wednesday/

    roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com

    entry 1 of 3

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  26. I blogged about this...

    http://anitamartin.wordpress.com/2010/04/07/wacky-wednesday/

    roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com

    entry 3 of 3

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  27. I blogged about this...

    http://anitamartin.wordpress.com/2010/04/07/wacky-wednesday/

    roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com

    entry 2 of 3

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  28. http://twitter.com/davisesq212/status/11806844496

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  29. http://twitter.com/davisesq212/status/11806933480

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  30. I tweeted once for 4/8...

    http://twitter.com/HSBSuzanne/status/11839245980

    roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com

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  31. I learned that the book also educates readers about addiction; the road to recovery; and the importance of God, twelve step programs, therapy, and service to others.

    ktgonyea at gmail.com

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  32. Wonderful Prize :)

    ktgonyea at gmail.com

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  33. I learned that Derek is a volunteer for Covenant House and a board member of Teen and Family Services.

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  34. Follow via Google friend Connect.

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  35. I subscribe by mail.
    winit6@hotmail.com

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  36. tweet #1 for 4/12...

    http://twitter.com/HSBSuzanne/status/12053071763

    roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com

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  37. I learned that in 2007 he marketed and sold Hamilton-Steele Outdoor Accents, achieving his financial goal of becoming a multi-millionaire by age 35.

    mckelly74 at gmail dot com

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  38. I am a follower through Google Friend Connect.

    mckelly74 at gmail dot com

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  39. Anonymous8:16 PM

    He volunteers for Covenant House!

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  40. I learned that Derek had a "moment of clarity" in 1993 when he was 20. He found God and was "saved".

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  41. I follow you @ParentingAuthor) and Derek Steele (@derekrsteele) on Twitter and and I Tweeted.
    My ID:@NancyeDavis

    http://twitter.com/NancyeDavis/status/12198079400

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  42. Email subscriber

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  43. subscribe via RSS feed

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  44. Follower Google Friend Connect

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  45. tweet for 4/14...

    http://twitter.com/HSBSuzanne/status/12203534496

    roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com

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  46. I learned that he starter the 12 step progtam in 1993

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  47. I learned the author does speaking engagements

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  48. I learned that the Covenant House is a place for homeless kids on the street. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  49. I tweeted today:
    http://twitter.com/lefty22/status/12253930356

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  50. I subscribed by email. Thanks

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  51. I follow on google connect friend.
    Thanks

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  52. I subscribe to your feed.

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  53. I follow your blog.

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  54. I learned that a portion of all book proceeds go to youth charities.
    ncschools at yahoo dot com

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  55. I learned that Derek is a volunteer for Covenant House and a board member of Teen and Family Services.

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  56. I subscribed to your blog.

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