Three decades after taking his last drink, Shawn Langwell has written a revealing memoir that details his tragic childhood, struggle with addiction, and his uphill journey through recovery.

Beyond Recovery offers an intimate look into the life of an alcoholic. Langwell holds nothing back as he shares his rock bottom moment, and the slow process of healing one day at a time. In this tell-all book, Langwell includes humorous stories from his childhood in the ‘60s, shocking moments throughout his hippie upbringing, and the devastating moment his father abandoned his family. Langwell also shares the shame and discomfort he endured as the child of an absent father, and how alcohol became his escape.

“The main purpose of this book is to share a perspective on what it’s like to battle addiction, and the underlying causes of it,” Langwell says.

Langwell will be at Gaia’s Garden in Santa Rosa on Monday, Jan. 9 from 6-8 p.m. to read a portion of Beyond Recovery. He will also read and sign copies of his memoir at Il Davide (901 A St., San Rafael) on Jan. 28, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Shawn has over thirty years of continuous sobriety and has dedicated his life to helping others. He lives in Petaluma with his wife, three kids, and shadow-chasing dog, Jasper. Beyond Recovery is his first book. Find out more at

Note: Shawn Langwell is the talented husband of Crissi Langwell.

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