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A Stunning Memoir of An Ex-Addict

A Stunning Memoir of An Ex-Addict

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A Stunning Memoir of An Ex-Addict

Author Christopher Keeley offers hope for drug addicts to get clean, to start over, and have a wonderful life


Washington, DC – (Release Date TBD) – Addiction to drugs is like a lover that you crave for – the more you give in to it, the harder it is to let go. This unhealthy obsession can cause horrible consequences, not only to yourself but also to your family and the people you care about. Author and photographer Christopher Keeley shares how he quit this nasty habit through Paradise Life, a profound collection of personal stories and photographs that inspire a spirit of recovery.


Paradise Life is the author’s personal memoir of an addict overcoming addiction and the miracle of recovery. Keeley’s photographs deal with the many facets of obsession and speak to the internal search many individuals undergo during the lifelong quest for meaning and self-awareness. Drawing on his own inner obsessive quest for knowledge as inspiration, Keeley captures pain, longing, torment, despair, hope, and love within the faces and forms of his images. His pictures are unsympathetic and communicate the inner emotional trauma of the homeless, the addicted and the lonely as well as the strength of human bonding experienced by addicts in recovery. By revealing the essence of his subjects, the works magnify with often unsettling clarity the pain of discovery, joy of friendships born of pain, or the turmoil of new journeys that resound within each person. Through these poignant images, Keeley challenges the viewer to look within one’s own heart to question, affirm, accept, or reject, leaving on with valuable insights into our own places in humanity.


Keeley shares that any addict can get clean, stop using drugs and find a new way to live with his personal experience as a living example. He aims to help educate the public that addiction is a humanistic disease from which the addict and family members suffer no matter what supportive opportunities are given. The disease of addiction is completely profound in the aspect that help can only be obtained through a miraculous process of Recovery otherwise known as Grace. As he shares the horrors of his life and how wonderful it has become today, he hopes to help to alleviate the pain and suffering of addicts and those close to addicts by being exposed to his work of art. Paradise Life will bring to light the love and truth about the feelings of an addict who has found joy, happiness and freedom.



About the Author

Chris Keeley, MSW, LICSW

4000 Tunlaw Road N.W. #1119
Washington, D.C., 20007
Phone: (202) 337-0022
Fax: (202) 337-4441


Master of Social Work Degree, National Catholic School of Social Service , Washington, DC, 1997.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Photography, The Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC, 1988.

Current Employment

Since November 1997:
In-Home and Reunification
400 Sixth Street , S.W.
Washington, D.C.
(202) 727.3393

Previous Employment

May 1997 - August 1997
Hope Village, Inc. Justice Program, 2850 Langston Place, SE, Washington, DC 20020 - (202) 678-0161
Case Manager and Vocational Rehab Counselor

May 1997
The Office of National Drug Control Policy, CSR Research Group, 1400 Eye Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005
Consultant and Group Moderator

September 1996 - May 1997
The Psychiatric Institute of Washington, 4228 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016 - ( 202 ) 965-8550
Social Worker-Intern

September 1995 - May 1996
Community for Creative Non-Violence, 425 Second Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001 - ( 202 ) 393-1909
Case Manager

December 1988 - June 1995
T.H.E. Washington Counseling Center, 2850 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008 - (202 ) 955-5555
1993 - 1995 ... Senior Counselor
1991 - 1993 ... Counselor, Clinical Director
1989 - 1991 ... Office Manager, Counselor
1988 - 1989 ... Office Manager

July 1985 - 1988
Visual Strategy Group, 10th Street NE, Washington, DC
Photographer's Assistant

August 1983 - September 1984
Hugo's Natural Foods, Livingston St. NW, Washington, DC (no longer in business).
Grocery Clerk

February 1981 - March 1982
Touch The Wild, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (Southern Africa)
Safari Guide

Private Practice

In private practice I conduct drug interventions from referrals through my Website domain "" (formally “,” which was hijacked by Russians this week), and from community referrals. I do nearly daily referrals for people seeking help for drug problems or needing treatment. As a consultant, I have consulted on drug policy for government agencies.

Social Activism Awareness


News feature, Jesse Jackson, Cindy Sheehan and Joan Baez march at Saturday's antiwar rally Make levees, not war in Washington. September 2005.

CalWORKs Homeless Families to the Los Angeles County Commission for Public Social Services, Photograph, June 2005.


LET THE CHURCH SAY AMEN, INDEPENDENT LENS, PBS, the disparities between the Shaw neighborhood and the Capitol district of the impoverished in Washington, D.C. March, 2005



Television Appearances

3 On the Air, Channel ET-1, Athens, Greece, January 11, 1988.
Art Street-Photographer, WTTG-5, (FOX), City Under Siege, February 5, 1990.
Needle Park, WTTG- 5, (FOX), City Under Siege, December 1990.
Heroin Hotel, WJLA T.V. 7, (ABC), Del Walters, September 12, 1996.
Social Worker, WBDC-50 (WBDC), MEDILL News Service, December 2001.


Selected exhibits of my photographs on social issues have been shown in:
Athens, Greece, Pierides Foundation Museum (1989) - "Addict: Out of the Dark and Into the Light."

Washington, D.C., Cannon Rotunda, U.S. Capitol (1990) - "Powerless Homeless."

Washington, D.C., The Fifth Column (1990) - "Alienated Youth."

Washington, D.C., Woman's National Democratic Club (1990) - "Homeless Portraits."

Paris, France, International Herald Tribune (1993) - "Addict: Out of the Dark and Into the Light."

Washington, D.C., 18th Street Lounge (1997) - "Abandoned: Photos of Our Neglected Populace."

Washington, D.C., National Coalition for the Homeless (1997) - "Powerless Homeless."


"Bernard Williams Memorial Award for Photography," Corcoran School of Art, Washington, D.C., 1988.

"Documentary Photojournalism," Photo Metro, San Francisco, CA, 1990.

"Management Assistance Grant," D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Washington, D.C., 1991.

"Social Work Honoree," Child and Family Services Agency, Washington, D.C., 1999.

Social Worker of the Year 2001, Child and Family Services Agency, Washington DC, March 29, 2001.


Author of Addict: Out of the Dark and Into the Light, Beaux Arts, 365 pages, 1994. Fifty-one testimonials of drug addicts' recovery, along with their portraits.

Campaign poster: "No One's Vote Counts More Than Yours - You Don't Need a Home to Vote." National Coalition for the Homeless. 1996.

Magazine article: "Young Americans Rock for a Free Tibet." Shambhala Sun Magazine. 1998.


Paradise Life * by Christopher Keeley

Publication Date: February 8, 2007

Trade Paperback; $48.99; 160 pages; 978-1-4257-3634-7

Cloth Hardback; $58.99; 160 pages; 978-1-4257-5080-0


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