Asheville Author Pens New Book on Addiction Recovery

Barbara Willis Kimbrell

Grateful Steps Publishing House announces the arrival of the book “Drunks, Monks and Mental Illness . . . based on a lie.”

The book, by Barbara Willis Kimbrell — a local author from Asheville — is a story about the ravages of addiction, mental illness and the aftermath of sexual abuse.

In honor of September being Recovery Month, SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover.

SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

This book certainly fulfills that goal: It is an autobiographical novel entitled Drunks, Monks and Mental Illness. The author, Barbara Willis Kimbrell has accomplished an amazing feat to be listed among the recovered. This book will help others who have family members, if not themselves, struggling with the power addiction wields.

In this story, the author describes how the heroine, Rachel, squares off with her demons and takes the reader on her journey of recovery. In addition, the book gives a brief overview of depression and what it is like for Rachel to work in the human service field when she herself faces some of the same obstacles her clients face.

Kimbrell draws from some of her own experiences to create this book because she believes the adage “write what you know” when you write. A Masters-level clinician for over 20 years, she currently works locally in the field of substance abuse. She is the mother of two grown children, Jacob and Nicole, who also reside in Western North Carolina. Barbara has a stepdaughter and a 2-year-old granddaughter. Barbara has a loving partner, Joel, and two rescue dogs, Satchmo and Gizmo.

The book can be purchased online at and at For more information about the book or Kimbrell, visit or call Grateful Steps, 828-277-0998.

Kimbrell will be holding a book launch and will read passages from her book at The BLOCK off Biltmore, 39 Market Street B, in Asheville, on Friday, Oct. 6, from 6-8 p.m. Refreshments and musical entertainment are provided at this free event.

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.