From Reel to Real: An Epic Journey from Addiction to Recovery and Redemption by Dwayne HigginsFrom Reel to Real: An Epic Journey from Addiction to Recovery and Redemption by Dwayne Higgins

From Reel to Real: An Epic Journey from Addiction to Recovery and Redemption

byDwayne Higgins

Paperback | January 27, 2016

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Hollywood set designer Dwayne Higgins thought he had it all: a rewarding career in the film industry, a beautiful girlfriend, and a daughter on the way. He lived in a lavish home, with two expensive cars in his driveway. Talented and charming, Dwayne worked alongside Hollywood’s top celebrities and directors and attended glamorous parties at celebrity hotspots.

But beneath his veneered lifestyle Dwayne struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction, which – in times of stress – threatened his career and his relationships with those he loved most. Dwayne faced two life-altering events within months of one another: the birth of his beloved daughter and a writers and actors strike that destabilized a career that took 15 years to build.

Being out of work for up to two years he reached for prescription pain pills, cocaine, and alcohol to cope, Dwayne’s life began to spiral helplessly out of control. In a matter of a year, he lost his young family, his home, and his celebrated career, while a third drunk-driving charge led to his deportation. He arrived back in Canada with nothing but a bag of clothes.

Within two years, Dwayne went from living the American dream in Los Angeles, to a brief, unsuccessful event-planning career in Bali, Indonesia, to the drug-infested back alleys of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, where three suicide attempts and heroin use left him reeling in hospital rooms. Eventually, Dwayne would find solutions: he would find that someone who would help him confront his demons, and a rehabilitation program that led to a moving reunion with his estranged daughter.

Surrendering to the inner voice that was there with him all along, Dwayne Higgins would ultimately journey past success and failure, toward a life filled with redemption, love, and hope.

Dwayne Higgins was born in Canada but grew up in Europe. He had skied and played hockey in almost every European country by the age of sixteen. His father was a lieutenant in the Canadian Air Force, so moving became a way of life. After graduating high school in Red Deer, Alberta, at the age of nineteen with $3000 in his pocket; he was...
Title:From Reel to Real: An Epic Journey from Addiction to Recovery and RedemptionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.63 inPublished:January 27, 2016Publisher:From Reel to RealLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0994919301

ISBN - 13:9780994919304

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Table of Contents

Prologue Alyssa's Story 1 | The Journey Begins 2 | Back to Germany 3 | High School 4 | L.A.-The Acting 5 | L.A.-Behind the Scenes 6 | L.A.-The Stories 7 | The Beginning of the End 8 | L.A.-The Fall, Part One 9 | L.A.-The Fall, Part Two 10 | Back to Canada 11 | Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 12 | Bali, Indonesia 13 | Hope for Freedom 14 | Malawi, Africa