Hello My Name Is Santa

An alcoholic's journey from homelessness to Santa Claus

by Mike Brill



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/20/2019

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 158
ISBN : 9781728316499
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 158
ISBN : 9781728316475
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 158
ISBN : 9781728316482

About the Book

Hello My Name is Santa produces Brill’s four voices in one book—trauma, addictions, recovery, and clinical voices. Brill honestly reveals himself as a victim and survivor of childhood and other trauma throughout his life. He openly shares his fifteen-year battle and demise with addictions leading to homelessness. Read of his fortitude and resilient journey through recovery and spiritual development to inspire others on their path of healing. As a licensed clinical professional, Brill’s final voice pushes for advocacy in returning to the holistic treatment of human beings through focused research-based trauma treatment for people suffering from substance use disorders. Join Brill as he shares the vivid triumphant stories of his world travels, especially his rite of passage in Bali, Indonesia, where his self and worldview changed for the positive. Read about his musical experiences following The Grateful Dead and his own contribution of musically preserving the musical legacy of the Dead. His vivid storytelling highlights his healing through the power of spiritual exploration and experiential education. Throughout the book, Brill skillfully and equally enthusiastically writes about his entire positive and negative life experiences in addictions and recovery being equal contributors and assets to the man he is today. He conveys a message that everything truly happens for a reason and there are always lessons to be learned. Throughout Brill’s recovery, he has experienced a multitude of blessings and achievements, but it was the timing and heartfelt experience of playing the cherished role of Santa Claus in 2017 that initiated his energy to share his story in this creation. Let Brill’s tragedies and achievements mutually inspire hope and direction for better lives today and tomorrow.

About the Author

Mike Brill, MS, LPC, NCC, CCTP was born in Northeast Philadelphia, now residing in Bucks County, PA. He is a Master’s Level, Board Certified, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and Licensed Professional Counselor in PA and has been working as a Substance Use Disorder Counselor for the past 6 years. He is a Face and Voice of Long Term Recovery representative continuously for over 16 years. He is a professional musician performing weekly live shows in the Philadelphia and New Jersey areas. He is an avid golfer and world traveler. Meditation, spirituality, family, live music, hiking and being outdoors are a few of the cornerstones to Brill’s energy towards life’s balance and personal creation of Brillism, his personal code of ethics and spiritual principles that guides him in making decisions to not harm himself or other people with his thoughts, words or actions one day at a time. Brill is the youngest of four siblings with three older brothers. He is a graduate of Northeast Catholic High School who’s school mantra is the foundation of his recovery and spirituality, Tenui Nec Dimittam, “I have taken hold and will not let go.”