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Recovering Author Writes "28 Tee Shirts"

on Thursday, 26 April 2012. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Breaking News

Recovery From Addiction

Author Mark Lennon hopes to inspire people with his new book, "28 Tee Shirts," that tells the story of new beginnings through substance abuse treatment. Lennon is a recovering alcoholic himself, and he hopes that his story will inspire others to get the help they need for addiciton.

Mark Lennon's new novel, "28 Tee Shirts", is an inspiring story about recovery. According to Saugerties Post Star, a man's fashion sense is sometimes defined by the number of t-shirts he owns, but in Lennon's new novel, the number of t-shirts owned by the book's protagonist has a whole new meaning.

The protagonist is court ordered to serve 28 days at a substance abuse recovery facility, and he buys 28 t-shirts, one for every day of the program. Mark Lennon has personal experience with addiction, and he claims the t-shirts represent a fresh start, as his protagonist tackles addiction one day, and one t-shirt, at a time.

Lennon said, "I am a former alcoholic who came very close to losing my life. Being pronounced legally dead was a blessing in disguise because it gave me the extra motivation I needed to finally get treatment for my problem." After admitting himself into treatment, Lennon said he "put his self-invented '28 t-shirt calendar method' into practice in his own life." Along with detoxification and regular counseling, this helped him put his life back together.

Lennon hopes that his book will show people that it's possible to make a full recovery from addiction, and he hopes to inspire others to seek help. He sums up his personal philosophy in life by saying, "If you ain't laughing, you ain't living." Lennon is also a comedian and screenwriter.

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