When it comes to living with, and through, addictions, one could say Clay Worrell wrote the book.
Actually, he has written three on the subject.
His first was the premise for a program he developed to help addicts and their families recover and set their lives on a different course, as he did.
“How to Save an Addict’s Life,” published in 2017, was a brief representation of the “insanity and the lengths the addiction will take someone, as it did me,” he says.
Worrell, who grew up in Wayne County and graduated from Southern Wayne High School in 1989, was actually well on his way in a thriving sales career by his mid-20s.
But his lifestyle did not only include money and all the trappings of success. He also relied heavily on substances, specifically alcohol, opioids and other drugs.
The addictions wound up robbing him of 12 years of his life, as well as his career and marriage.
His resume was littered with the results of those lifestyle choices — more than 25 stints in detox units and rehab, 20 hospital stays, four failed inpatient programs and three suicide attempts. One of the most visible that still remains — an eye patch he wears — was the result of being shot in the head.
Through it all, though, he says, he found an answer that set his life on the right course. Things turned around when he found God, he said.
His newfound faith led to his earning a doctorate in theology and a master’s in counseling. He is now executive administrator of Bible Faith Global College and has developed Epic Life Solutions, a program that has been touted as an effective faith-based video and online program offering resources that pick up where rehab leaves off.
His latest books are “Facing Down My Giants,” a more extensive autobiography, and “24 Scriptures/7 Keys,” which focuses on 24 scriptures and seven keys found in the Bible that he suggests “unlock the doors of blessings and the promises of God in your life.”
In addition to sharing some of the experiences before turning his life around, Worrell said he writes simply and intentionally.
“These books are written in such a way to give the reader hope and a plan of victory,” he said.
The ultimate goal, he said, is to provide encouragement as well as tools and resources for those who are struggling, as well as their families.
More information on the 13-week daily video program can be found at the website www.EpicLifeSolutions.com.
Worrell’s books are also available for purchase at Christian Soldier bookstore in Goldsboro and through Amazon.