To Hell And Back

Here, in this raw account of one doctor’s journey to Hell and back and the creation of the “12 Prescriptions for Awareness” that could save the life of someone you love. As Head of the Department of Vascular Surgery at a large community hospital, Dr. Steve Heird was well aware that addiction can reach anyone regardless of social class, education, or occupation. Steve’s personal journey with addiction and his path to healing has led to the creation of the “12 Prescriptions for Awareness”. In this entertaining and inspiring true-life account, and through his Prescriptions For Awareness healing program, Dr. Heird proves beyond a doubt that NOBODY is entirely “above the reach” of addiction, and no addict need ever feel doomed to remain forever within its grasp.

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A Surgeon's Journey of Addiction That Benefits All

  • A perfect life on the outside doesn't always mean it's perfect on the Inside
  • Prescription drugs and other so called "Healing medicines" don't work as well as you think.
  • Contained within these pages are the 12 prescriptions that will transform your life.

“When you lose your way on the journey of life, his mottoes to live by will guide you through the difficult times and help you to find your way. Dr. Steven Heird’s experience can be your life coach and the guide you require so your pain becomes the labor pain of your self-birth.”

Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of, A Book of Miracles and The Art of Healing


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Chapter 1: Snapshot of a Perfect Life

So many people put on a good face, but what is happening for real is a completely different story.

Chapter 2: My Secret Is Out

No matter what addiction you face; illegal drugs, legal drugs, alcohol, or even food, it will always rear its ugly head; no-matter how much you try to hide it.

Chapter 3: Closing In

My illegal activities started to get noticed by the authorities and they started to close in on me.

Chapter 4: The Turkey Farmer's Son

Realize that the monster of addiction can get you regardless of your upbringing.

Chapter 5: A Glimmer of an Idea

How childhood directed my path, although I did not recognize it at the time.

Chapter 6: Buckling Down

The country’s war on drugs and other illegal substances began while I was in middle school but alas the message did not get through the way they intended.

Chapter 7: Work Hard

I was not perceived as a great student, however, despite that perception I worked extremely hard and the pressure was mounting.

Chapter 8: Play Hard

At some point party, party, party becomes an addiction; playing hard has its consequences

Chapter 9: Rocky Mountain High

Doctor? Ski-Bum? or both? The adventurous journey begins.

Chapter 10: Guadalajara

The story of gueros, rabies and dead fish with lifeless eyes…

Chapter 11: Cars and Craziness

When you aren’t looking for trouble, it can find you in the strangest of places…

Chapter 12: The Bubble

Being an addict doesn’t suppress the good that is within you. It temporarily sequesters what you fear so you don’t have to deal with it.

Chapter 13: Residency and a Serious Relationship

The moving from Guadalajara to a place that offered more options and versatility

Chapter 14: A Sobering Wake-up Call

It’s only 20 minutes away he said… 27th street, 28th street and before I knew it.. Crash.. Thud blackness…

Chapter 15: Beginning Residency and Married life

May 25, 1984 I began two chapters of my life; One as a vascular surgeon and one as a husband; The two worlds collided.

Chapter 16: Birth and Death

The first time I heard the voice of God speak to me, a shift in my thinking occurred, thereby transforming my life.

Chapter 17: Buildup to a Breaking Point

Endless surgeries, countless family commitments, and loads of outside pressures met that something had to give.

Chapter 18: Detox

The only place left when DEA agents show up at your door.

Chapter 19: Heal Thyself

G.O.D heals all… Good Orderly Direction! Learn to surrender to a higher power.

Chapter 20: The Awakening

Acceptance and Surrender – Understanding the true meaning of “The Grace of GOD”

Chapter 21: Clean and Sober

Freedom in the presence of feeling “GOD”; an incredible blessing to awaken to as a former addict.

Chapter 22: Endings and Beginnings

My addiction was ending, my conscious awakening was beginning, and not everyone was onboard.

Twelve Prescriptions for Awareness

This entire journey that ended my addiction, empowered my sobriety, and heightened my consciousness resulted with these 12 Prescriptions for Awareness, curing me of my pain once and for all.


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Steven B. Heird, MD, FACS, received his undergraduate education at Washington and Lee University. He subsequently graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1984. After his general surgery training at York Hospital, he completed a vascular surgery fellowship at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Heird holds certifications in both general surgery and in the specialty of vascular surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and has practiced vascular surgery for over 20 years with an emphasis on the diagnosis and treatment of venous diseases, as well as chronic wound care. Since Dr. Heird opened the Advanced Vein and Laser Center, Inc., he has devoted his skills and expertise to the entire spectrum of venous diseases while utilizing the most modern modalities of therapy available.

  • Over 20 years of experience practicing medicine
  • Owner of three companies: AVLC, Theia Light Center, and a Bikram Yoga Studio.
  • Devoted to eliminating Dis-Ease and bringing harmonious, healthy living to our planet.

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