Title: No More Crutch
Author: Jason Insalaco
In 1995 I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Before my diagnosis I used to abuse drugs and alcohol to escape the symptoms of an illness that didn’t have a name. When I was diagnosed, I started writing to keep track of my feelings and thoughts. This book is a collection of these writings which took place from the early years of my ongoing recovery.
Looking at a weakness could be looked at like a test. A weakness can be transformed to an incredible strength. I’ve found if you use your weakness as a gift, it can turn out to be a blessing in disguise.
2 Corinthians 12:9
Contemporary English Version
But he replied, “My gift of undeserved grace is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak.” So if Christ keeps giving me his power, I will gladly brag about how weak I am.
About The Author:
Jason Insalaco is a videographer and public speaker whose mission is to share his story of recovery and his insights into MENTAL ILLNESS and addictions in order to educate, encourage, and inspire others along the paths to their own recovery. In 1995, Jason began his recovery following a drug-induced manic episode that led to his dual diagnosis of BIPOLAR I and alcohol/drug addiction. Since that time, he has been writing and journaling, producing videos, and speaking publicly about his personal experience with mental health and addiction issues. He is an avid blogger and has self-published his own book. No More Crutch, which consists of writings and poetry that express his thoughts and feelings during the early years of his recovery. His videos, which can be viewed on YouTube, capture and express his thoughts and feelings through images. Currently, Jason serves the mental health community as a trained presenter and speaker for the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s (NAMI’s) In Our Own Voice (IOOV) educational and advocacy PROGRAM. As an IOOV presenter, he speaks freely about his dark days, acceptance, treatment, coping skills, successes, hopes, and dreams.
About Instinctive Bird
Jason created Instinctive Bird in November, 2011 as a sanctuary for others who struggle with mental health issues, specifically bipolar I, and addictions to alcohol and drugs. Through his blog, he manages a living journal of his own personal struggles and achievements along with thoughts, feelings, and insights regarding recovery. In addition to his blog, Instinctive Bird contains a page for his book called No More Crutch, a collection of writings from his early years of battling BIPOLAR DISORDER up to the point at which he began his journey of recovery.