Dawn V. Obrecht, M.D., was graduated from the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine and did an internship in general surgery and residency in emergency medicine. She has been the medical director of a chemical dependency unit and is a professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. For many years she had a busy family medicine practice. Licensed in several states, she now travels to small, rural communities, filling in for physicians who need time off.
Having been in recovery from drug addiction for over a quarter century, Dr. Obrecht uses her experience with life-threatening illness to identify with and help others to heal and to hear God. DocDawn lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, with her husband, Erik Landvik, where she writes and consults in addiction medicine between her travels.
Her second book, “From the Edge of the Cliff: Understanding the Two Phases of Recovery and Becoming the Person You’re Meant To Be” provides those recovering from drug and/or alcohol abuse with practical lessons on how to understand and successfully navigate the two-phases of recovery from drug and/or alcohol addiction. Dr. Obrecht also touches on other addictions and many aspects of ongoing recovery.
This book is also a remarkably touching, real-life story of someone who has used these same lessons to maintain 28 years of successful recovery.
In “From the Edge of the Cliff”, Dawn Obrecht, M.D., candidly, yet thoughtfully, shares how she was able to escape the destructive and hurtful world of drug and alcohol addiction by facing the reality of the disease, understanding the recovery process and finding a deep, personal relationship with God.
It is rare to find in one book the combination of an instructive, addiction recovery resource and an unfettered look into the world of the “addict next door.”
Just as Dr. Obrecht found the courage and support needed to surface from 20 years of addiction with her professional skills and caring spirit intact — she has found a way, in this book, to not only help the addict but to also entertainingly enlighten family members, non-addicts and other physicians on the importance of their role in also understanding the recovery process.
Dr. Obrecht’s first book, Mission Possible, A Missionary Doctor’s Journey of Healing has won The Montaigne Medal.
Each year, the Eric Hoffer Award for books presents the Montaigne Medal to the most thought-provoking title(s). These are books that illuminate, progress or redirect thought. The Montaigne Medal is given in honor of the great French philosopher Michel de Montaigne, who influenced people such as William Shakespeare, René Descartes, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Eric Hoffer. This is an additional distinction beneath the Eric Hoffer Award umbrella.
Mission Possible also won a second place EVVY award in the Legacy Category from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association.
Dr. Obrecht’s third book, Who’s Your Higher Power, will be released in July, 2013.