Martin “Jim” McFadden from Carrigart, Co Donegal, found sobriety after many years battling alcohol addiction. His book “Don’t Go There” is an honest account of his long battle with alcoholism. It’s an excellent insight into the dark reality of addiction and how alcohol controlled him, damaged him, almost killed him – and did kill many of his friends. The Launch of his book “Don’t Go There” will take place on Friday 20th July at 10.30a.m. in St. Joseph’s Pastoral Centre, Monaghan town (after 10a.m. morning mass) tea and scones served. Admission free.
“Don’t Go There” is an honest account by Martin ‘Jim’ McFadden of his long battle with alcoholism. Martin gives an excellent insight into the dark reality of addiction and how alcohol controlled him, damaged him, almost killed him – and did kill many of his friends. In 1986, aged 23, Martin suffered horrific injuries after being involved in a road traffic accident and spent three months in hospital fighting for his life. After surviving against all the odds, Martin received compensation of £90,000, a small fortune in 1980s Ireland. Yet within three years, and thanks to his alcoholism, he was penniless and almost homeless. He continued to live life like a ‘wild man’ with both hilarious and devastating results. Three years later Martin was penniless, in the midst of the horrors and had reached rock bottom. Martin explains: “I was haunted by demons, demons that would not let me rest. I couldn’t settle in a job, a relationship, or even a place. I was on the run and fuelling my paranoia with alcohol; I would walk away from someone I loved in favour of a drink. But this is also the story of my recovery. Who or what saved me then?”
The book is also an addictive read and the honest stories of wildness and debauchery will keep you laughing through the hideousness of the darkness. Martin ‘Jim’ is a remarkable individual, with a remarkable story, told in a truly remarkable way.
The 54-year-old was born in Carrigart, a small scenic village surrounded by the sea on Donegal’s North West coast. The youngest of five, three boys and two girls, his parents never abused alcohol, there had been a history of addiction in their families. Everyone welcome to the launch.