Tech student pens autobiography about abuse, drugs

2013-02-05T02:00:00Z Tech student pens autobiography about abuse, drugs Montana Standard
February 05, 2013 2:00 am

Eric Adreon, a senior at Montana Tech, has written an autobiography “A Dance with Shadows, The Journey Beyond Sexual Abuse, Addiction and Chemical Imbalance.”

By the time Adreon was in middle school, his life changed from being a child of light to raiding liquor closets and eventually trading in his No. 2 pencil for a syringe, he said. His descent into darker places included time in prison, crippling addiction and chemical imbalances. The author tells of his dark journey to emerge through recovery and spiritual living. His story aims to help those who suffer from addiction, abuse and chemical imbalance.

As a child, Adreon experienced sexual abuse from an older female, a confusing, conflicting circumstance that the author hid deep within himself, he said.

After alcohol, he took up illegal drugs. He tells of the tragedies he experienced as an adolescent, as well as the people who mentored him to move beyond the highs and lows of being an IV addict, his struggles with Bipolar I disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of sexual abuse, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder.

In prison, for drug-related crimes, he chronicled the life within those walls by writing letters to his mother and chose to pursue a spiritual path instead of a life lived in accordance with prison politics and the “convict code.” Eventually, Adreon recovered from his addiction and not only leads a life in recovery, but also counsels teens and adults with addiction.

Adreon studied addiction through Tech’s liberal studies department. He works at Highland Community College as the ROOTS program coordinator. In summer he works for the Wilderness Treatment Center in Marion as a wilderness guide and counseling intern. He has lived in Butte since 1999 and has two children who were born and raised in Butte, he said.

The book is available for purchase at

If you go …

Eric Adreon will be featured in a reading from his new book, “A Dance with Shadows, The Journey Beyond Sexual Abuse, Addiction and Chemical Imbalance,” on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Hummingbird Café, 605 W. Park St.

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