Adam Einsohn, MS, LCDC
“I’m an addict, and my problem is Adam.”
I clearly have no issue with full disclosure, and so I must give credit where it’s due. I heard someone else make that intro first. His name wasn’t Adam, but you get my point. He said he got it from someone else, and he told me he was cool with me using the line. He probably had no idea I was going to make it the title of a book, though. I encourage you to buy a copy of my autobiography (I don’t know if that sounds more or less pretentious than memoir), but I’ll share a little about myself right here.
I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, and that’s still where I call home. I’ve been clean since January 25, 2005, and going into recovery led to me to the career I am pursuing today. Before checking into rehab I was a journalism major wanting to follow in the footsteps of the late, great Hunter S. Thompson. I was 21 and already an editor at a daily city newspaper with a few national collegiate writing awards to my name. I also held titles of of severe major depressive disorder and poly-substance dependence.
Inspired by the counselors I met early in my sobriety, I decided to change my career path and help others in the same way. I am now a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, a college professor, and living proof that not killing yourself is the way to go. You never know what life will bring or what version of yourself you’ll become. I didn’t quit smoking cigarettes until the summer of 2013. I ran a half-marathon in the summer of 2014, and now I have an Ironman Triathlon in my sights.
One of the most important aspects of my recovery is self-awareness. That’s why I identified so much with “my problem is” as an introduction and chose it for the title of my book. I’m not beating myself up; I’m just making sure to look at myself first and see what I can change. If I’m the problem, I’m also the solution. We all have to deal with circumstances out of our control, but we don’t have to resign ourselves to misery.
Please get a copy of the book, and get another one if you know someone who needs it. I’m happy to write a personal message upon request. I’ll also post some blog entries and videos here that will hopefully range from the kind that make you laugh, to some that make you cry to those that make you think. Feel free to reach out to me on social media or contact me here through the website. If the interaction helps you, it’s helping me just as much, maybe more.