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Red Deer Recovery Community resident publishes book of poetry

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Red Deer Recovery Community resident Ryan Krause has published a book of poems, ‘From Darkness to Light: A Poetic Journey Through Addiction and Recovery.’ (Contributed photos)

Ryan Krause has self-published a book of poetry while rebuilding his life at the Red Deer Recovery Community.

After battling addiction and depression for many years, Krause became a resident of the long-term treatment centre on June 7, 2023. About eight months later, he has announced the release of From Darkness to Light: A Poetic Journey Through Addiction and Recovery.

The book “navigates the depths of loneliness, isolation, and shame associated with addiction, leading toward the beacon of recovery. Themes of community, connection, self-worth and personal transformation resonate throughout its pages,” Krause said in an email interview with The Advocate.

“I find myself in a constant exploration of different styles and forms. From haibun to sonnets, experimenting with different rhyme schemes, etc. Poetry is actually a rather new passion for me as I started writing it when I arrived here at the RDRC (Red Deer Recovery Community), so it is all new and exciting for me. I’ve been delving into various techniques.”

Krause said his journey as a writer has been “a lifelong endeavour,” but one he had not considered seriously until recently.

“Earlier this year, spurred by a newfound courage to silence my inner critic, I ventured into the realm of self-publishing … From Darkness to Light. The experience has ignited a passion within me and I’m eager to continue sharing my words with the world,” he said.

His time at the Red Deer Recovery Community has had “a profound impact” on his life, he added.

“Since arriving on June 7 last year, I’ve undergone a remarkable journey from brokenness to healing,” he said.

“I arrived suicidal, hopeless and broken. The supportive environment, coupled with opportunities for introspection and growth, has been instrumental in my recovery.”

Through the community, he has been introduced to different approaches to recovery, such as AA, NA, SMART Recovery, Recovery Dharma and Wellbriety.

“On top of that through group therapy, and lectures I have learned various coping skills and methods of relapse prevention,” he said.

“Being in a long-term program, I have the chance to take this time for myself to truly heal before I graduate the program. Unlike conventional treatment centres, RDRC emphasizes holistic rehabilitation, equipping residents with the skills and support needed for a successful reintegration into society.”

Those interested in purchasing From Darkness to Light are asked to visit www.books2read.com/r-krause. It’s available in E-book format, paperback and hardcover.



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Sean McIntosh

About the Author: Sean McIntosh

Sean joined the Red Deer Advocate team in the summer of 2017. Originally from Ontario, he worked in a small town of 2,000 in Saskatchewan for seven months before coming to Central Alberta.
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