STAMFORD, Conn. -- Liberation Programs in Stamford has helped publish the memoir of graduate Malcolm Spears, who participated in the program in the early 1970s.
More than 40 years ago, Spears was a teenager already accused of a felony and sentenced to prison. As fortune would have it, due to his drug use, he was allowed to complete his sentence at a newly opened inpatient treatment program in Stamford called Liberation House.
Today, Spears is a working actor, motivational speaker and businessman who credits Liberation as being the turning point in his life and he chronicles his early life and time at Liberation in his book, "Biggie’s Chronicles."
Liberation Programs decided to publish Spears' book at a time when the rising epidemic in drug use is making headlines on a national scale as a reminder that treatment works, people do get better, and that life can be wonderful in recovery.
“Malcolm’s journey, Biggie’s Chronicles, offers an insightful look at what it was like to grow up black in Stamford, during the 60s and 70s. He bares his personal thoughts and shares the circumstances that influenced his decisions — good and bad.
The pivotal moment ends up being when a judge allows him to complete the remainder of a jail term at Liberation House when Malcolm is in his late teens,” said Alan Mathis, president and chief executive officer of Liberation Programs. “Through his time at Liberation, Malcolm was able to find the peace and joy that has led him to build a happy productive life. Instead of him continuing in the wrong direction, Lib House was his saving grace. He emerged motivated to make a fresh start and empowered to follow his dream.”
Fifty percent of the proceeds from the sale of the book will provide treatment for substance abuse for those who otherwise could not afford it.
Spears appeared at Stamford’s Ferguson Library recently for a book-signing event.
To order a book contact Liberation Programs at info@liberationprograms or call (203)-604-1144.