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The road to recovery is long and brings with it self doubt, old feelings, past emotions and lost thoughts.  If you know someone who is on the road to recovery or if you, yourself are ready to beat addiction and seek change, make sure to check out this list of the top 10 books on addiction and recovery.

  1. Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
  2. Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood by Koren Zailckas
  3. When AA Doesn’t Work For You: Rational Steps to Quitting Alcohol by Albert Ellis
  4. The Basketball Diaries by Jim Carroll
  5. Living Sober by Anonymous
  6. Addicts in the Family: Stories of Loss, Hope and Recovery by Beverly Conyers
  7. A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
  8. Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel
  9. Ninety Days: A Memoir of Recovery by Bill Clegg
  10. Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines by Nick Sheff

My new podcast coming soon!! “Morph Into A New You!”  Click on above image to learn more including days, times, special guest announcements and conversation topics.

6 Ways to Help Someone You Love Stay Sober 

Many people who decide to get help with their substance addiction might think that detox and rehab are the only parts of the recovery process, but ending substance abuse is only the beginning. Recovering from an addiction is a lifelong process, because staying sober takes commitment and determination. It helps for recovering addicts to have support from their loved ones, so it’s essential that people encourage recovering addicts by motivating them to continue living a substance-free life. Millions of people struggle with substance addictions each year. The 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Mental Health found that 8.5 percent of the US population had a substance dependence or abuse problem in the previous year. Of these people, only 2.5 million people received professional treatment. These statistics show that addiction is a common problem that many people ignore. CONTINUE ARTICLE

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Upcoming Radio Interview.  TONIGHT on Metal Health News Radio.  Listen at 4pm as I get to join Mental Health News Radio on air to discuss mental health issues, my book and more.

Do you know someone who may be suffering from depression? Websters directory states that “depression is the feelings of severe despondency and dejection, self-doubt creeps in and that swiftly turns to depression”  So how do you begin to help someone you believe is suffering from this debilitating and life altering disease? Check out this informative article from Health.com to begin to help you loved one heal.

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Looking for a soulful read? Check out the top 10 books to help heal your soul.

  1. Awaken The Giant Within – Anthony Robbins
  2. Screw It Lets Do It: Lessons in Life – Richard Branson
  3. The Art of Happiness – Dalai Lama
  4. The Four Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz
  5. The Magic of Thinking Big – Dr David J Schwartz, PH.D.
  6. Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How To Create A New You – Deepak Chopra
  7. The Greatest Salesman In The World – Og Mandino
  8. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff – Richard Carlson
  9. Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard – Chip & Dan Heath
  10. The Gifts of Imperfection – Brene Brown


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Come join me! 

I am incredibly honored to take part in so many life changing events. I would love for you all to be my guests and join us as we speak about depression and addiction. The causes, effects and solutions for healing. You can also take the opportunity to hear the stories of so many that have themselves, walked alongside these diseases. Take a look at my upcoming events and please, join me! 

LIFTED FROM THE RUT: On May 6th, 2017 I will be in Littleton, Colorado to speak at this wonderful FREE event. From the site: “The focus this year will be: Addiction Education for The Entire Family Unit Parents, Teens and Young Adults. Top-Notch Professional Speakers.” Get more info and tickets at www.LiftedFromTheRut.com 

RADIO INTERVIEW WITH EVERYTHINGEHR METAL HEALTH NEWS RADIOMay 8th at 4pm listen in on my radio interview with Mental Health News Radio. Click on event title to listen in! 

A child’s mindset is the most important thing for anyone raising a child. It’s been proven time and time again that introducing books and reading that starts in the early stages of development will improve their learning abilities, focus and more. Here is a list of the top 10 children’s books every kid should have on their book shelf. 

  1. Goodnight Moon
  2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar 
  3. Where The Wild Things Are 
  4. The Tale Of Peter Rabbit 
  5. The Cat In The Hat
  6. Frog And Toad Are Friends
  7. Charlotte’s Web 
  8. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  9. Where The Sidewalk Ends
  10. Alice’s Adventurers In Wonderland 

Grab Dragons to Butterflies today and read this intuitive story of metamorphosis. Order on Amazon. Want to know more? Watch my YouTube video. 

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The radio interview I did on Rise & Grind Recovery Radio is now available for your listening pleasure. Click on link for full interview. https://goo.gl/QKYMN6.   It is always an honor when I can share the story of my constant metamorphosis to others.


FACT: Addiction and depression affects approximately 19 million Americans, At some point in their lives, about 25% of women and 12% of men will likely be clinically diagnosed as depressed. 

Another interview I was so taken to be apart of was a round table discussion on Mental Health News Radio. Take a listen HERE


Check out my television interview with SNN, The Suncoast News Network  It is always a pleasure. SNN: Recovering addict uses butterfly as symbol of change

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“Johnnie Calloway is a gifted story teller, and has written a superb personal account of his harrowing childhood, and adult life. Although he retells his experiences of emotional and physical abuse, neglect, heartache, and betrayal, and later his own addictions and struggles with mental illness, he manages to keep the reader thoroughly engaged and inspired by his strength and wisdom throughout this page turner. Johnnie’s willingness to be soul-baringly honest in this book as he traces his earliest memories into his teens and then adult years is truly unlike anything I have ever read. I have no doubt that his display of courage and his determination to go to any lengths necessary for his own healing will serve as a guiding light for countless readers. It is a story of hope and love, forgiveness and healing. I only wish it had been available when I was a practicing addictions counselor. I would have made it required reading!” Order your copy of this highly discussed book HERE

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Dragons to Butterflies takes you on the life path of a man who overcame addiction and depression to become an inspiration for many others. You can view Jonnie’s story and get a better look into the world of Dragons to Butterflies via this great Youtube video. 

Are you looking for an inspirational read? Check out these top 10 inspirational books. 

  1. The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
  2. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
  3. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma
  4. I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
  5. Tuesdays With Morris by Mitch Albom
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  7. Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins 
  8. Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
  9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  10. The Success Principles by Jack Canfield


Radio Interview with Sober Life Radio is April 8th at 10:00am. Listen online at soberpodcasts.com

Order your copy of Dragons to Butterflies on Amazon. Only $3.99 for the Kindle edition! Download today. 

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Depression is a disease that affects millions of people across the country.  My mission is to spread my story in the hopes it helps others. BOOKINGS: dragonstobutterflies@gmail.com Website: dragonstobutterflies.com 

Next Radio Interview

Listen to my podcast radio interview with Rise and Grind Recovery.  It will available on the Rise and Grind Recovery podcast website on March 14th. Get the inside story behind “Dragons to Butterflies” and learn more about the life behind the words. 


When did you last sit down and do some serious reading? We don’t mean flipping quickly through the pages of your favourite glossy magazine or glancing at the headlines in a daily newspaper. We mean reading a proper book, from cover. If you are not reading regularly, then you could be missing out on a lot. Reading is not just a pastime; it opens your mind to all kinds of possibilities. Here are just ten of the many benefits that you could gain by reading just a few pages of a book every single day. 

Read the full article to learn the reasons why you should be picking up a book everyday. 

CLICK HERE to order your copy of “Dragons to Butterflies”.

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Dragons to Butterflies

Something NEW is coming! From the author that brought you “Dragons to Butterflies” brings you more healing of the soul. “The Bridge“.  Watch our announcement video on YouTube 

“The Bridge” by Johnnie Calloway


Are you planning a life changing event or conference? I have experienced more hardship in life than many. Enduring addiction and depression. I have put my true story in writing “Dragons to Butterflies”. I would love to be a speaker at your next event to put hope back into the lives of others. Click here for BOOKINGS

April 8th 2017 on Sober Life Radio

May 8th 2017 at 4:00pm on Mental Health News Radio 

Shop for your copy of Dragons to Butterflies at Amazon or directly from the website dragonstobutterflies.com you can also click here to make a donation to assist me in spreading my message. 

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