To the right you will find a photo, short bio, and summery of Shelly's
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curious, there is a longer biography below.
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papers, and other not-so-interesting facts to anyone but my mother.
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Long Bio (see the short one to the right)
bloodline can be traced back to 1620 Polish and Russian alcoholic
nobility. Our family historian laughed as he reported on the long
line of law suits, disinheritances,
and loss of a significant portion of our lands, northwest Belarus. He
said he could see that I came by my alcoholism legitimately. Well,
the fact that my mother and father are both alcoholic was enough to
convince me. You see, I didn't go looking for addiction, it came for
from my heritage; it came from Mom and Dad; it came from my culture
(part of the hippie era and burn your bra crowd); it came from my
search for God (could I find God in LSD or a bottle?).
same can be said for recovery. I didn't go searching for it, it came
for me. It came from my Mother (who had found sobriety 6 weeks before
she took me to a 12 Step program); it came from my desperation
(hippie 'free love' wasn't working out too well); it came from my
search for God (could God be found in the 12 Steps because I didn't
find Him/Her in LSD or that bottle?).
After setting down
speed and demon rum at 21, (well we didn't drink rum, our Polish
ancestry had us all drinking beer, so let's say I set down the
Beelzebub beer) I had no choice but to dedicate my life to working
with young addicts and women in recovery. Hazelden published my first
two books Day by Day and Young, Sober, & Free which
became recovery classics under their oversight.
I don't actually "write" recovery books per se, I take
notes at 12 Step meetings and compile what clean and sober members
say. These words of wisdom from the old timers, from our sponsors,
from circuit speakers, from you and me are turned into our recovery
books. That is also how the Pocket Sponsor evolved, the best
(and only) 24/7 recovery support book. That is how Sitting in
Pictures, a vision meditation book, was put together. These books
are "written" from the collective wisdom of thousands of us
in recovery since 1936 when Bill and Bob started AA.
addition to the recovery titles published by Hazelden, Simon and
Schuster, Harper and Row, and Day By Day, my research has been
published in five peer-reviewed, professional/scholarly journals,
making my work world-recognized. I am a staunch advocate and activist
for young people and their parents during the addiction recovery
process. Along with my brother Michael Marshall, PhD, we created a
program for teaching parents how to stop enabling and become sober
coaches for their kids. This successful program is outlined in the
workbook Sober Coaching Your Toxic Teen.
eventually stopped the bra burning stuff and turned my attention to
learning self-respect by setting boundaries on how I allow others to
treat me. A book co-authored
with Dr. Marshall, Respect-Me Rules, addresses verbal and
emotional abuse--it is revolutionary in teaching both men and women
to stop emotional abuse through the basics of self-respect.
picking up a drink or drug since 1969 and practicing the principles
of recovery have made all this possible: obtaining a Human Services
degree in Drugs and Alcohol, working in Moscow at an addiction
clinic (yes, that's Russia), becoming a published researcher, writing recovery books
published in the US and Europe, contributing to the healing process
for young addicts and their families, and even becoming a small
publisher. Notwithstanding the Beelzebub beginnings, I am so proud of
what God has allowed me to give and to do in service to my fellows.
Thank you, all of you, who read this, read my books, use my research,
and hire me to speak at conventions and train counselors around the
world. Recovery from addiction is not only my profession and my
advocation, it is the very foundation upon which my life is built. I
am so very grateful to YOU for sharing it with me.