CCAC alumnus publishes book about overcoming addiction and other daunting challenges
PITTSBURGH—Jeffrey Parker of Greenfield, an alumnus and former instructor at the Community College of Allegheny County, has written and published a book with the goal of showing that victory is possible regardless of the problems and challenges life brings. “Take the High Road: it’s not where you begin, it’s how you finish; a must read for those with disabilities and addictions” is designed to instill hope in those who are struggling and are in a dark place, as he was for much of his life. Now an addiction specialist and motivational speaker, Parker’s book is a brutally honest autobiography and a story of hope, recovery and happiness.
The book, published by AuthorHouse in September, details his recovery from epilepsy, alcoholism, PTSD and much more. A major turning point in his life came when he enrolled in CCAC and the college’s Act 101 program, which provides services to academically and economically disadvantaged students. The program provided him with a dedicated counselor, who supported him and would not let him give up when he wanted to quit.
“There’s no question that CCAC played the primary role in changing my life for the better,” said Parker. “It was the first positive thing I did to be around people who were trying to improve their lives.”
Despite all of his struggles, Parker earned an associate degree in Criminal Justice at CCAC in 1995 and went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh in 1997 and 1998. He is now a successful counselor, psychotherapist, teacher, trainer, motivational speaker and published author. After previously losing dozens of friends directly or indirectly to alcohol and drugs, he hopes that he will be able to reach and help more people through the book and its message.
Parker will hold a book signing on December 11 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Mineo’s Pizza House in Squirrel Hill, and on January 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Shaler Library. “Take the High Road: it’s not where you begin, it’s how you finish; a must read for those with disabilities and addictions” can be found at Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, AuthorHouse.com and other outlets. It is also available as an e-book.