Q&A With Josif Wright
Addiction is all-consuming, not just for the addicted person but also for family and friends. Josif Wright’s son fought addiction and his book, “The War Within: My Story,” is his perspective on the battle to save his son. Ultimately, Josif’s book is about faith, hope, and the love of a father who wouldn’t give up on his son.
We sat down with Josif to better understand who he is and why he felt moved to share his story.
Question: Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Answer: I am a retired public school teacher/coach of 29 years. I coached in more than 1,300 varsity, JV, and middle school baseball, basketball, football, soccer and volleyball games in my career. For 10 years I served as a youth minister, and am currently a hospice chaplain. I love sports, spending time in the outdoors and writing poetry. My wife, Bethany, and I live in Alabama. We have two children, Ryan and Rebekah.
Q: We really love your book. Could you tell us about it?
A: I wrote the book from my perspective, a Dad’s perspective. “The War Within: My Story” is a book about a son’s addiction, and a family thrown into the horrifying situation of dealing with it in the best way that they knew how. My son, Ryan, experienced chronic pain as a boy, and later made a series of bad choices, to deal with his chronic pain, as well as the loss of his Grandmama. There were definitely gut-wrenching times for me as I did all that I could to save Ryan from his struggles with addiction. I ultimately looked to Faith in Jesus to provide me with the hope, strength, and courage that I needed during this most difficult journey.
Q: What inspired you to write your story?
A: To be honest, I didn’t want to write a book about personal struggles in my family or my son’s life. But I felt like God was leading me to write it so as to provide hope to others that are struggling with addiction.
Q: For families who are struggling with addiction, how can people work to support each other, and show love instead of judgment?
A: If we can be more compassionate and loving, it would make a world of difference for those families that are dealing with addiction, anxiety, depression. I also believe that the subject of addiction should be spoken about in churches more, bringing awareness to the fact that people are struggling with life and death issues. Let’s talk about them, and provide love and help. After all, every human has weaknesses and is struggling with something, be it addiction, pride, jealousy, fear, anger, etc. Judgment and condemnation is not the answer, nor is it our place to do so.
Q: If you could give one piece of advice to someone who is battling with addiction (or a family battling it) right now, what would it be?
A: Never, ever, ever give up. There are some extremely dark times when dealing with addiction. It may last years. The way is definitely treacherous. Trust in Jesus to provide all that you need to make it through addiction, and to fulfill your purpose in life.
Josif Wright’s book, The War Within: My Story, is available wherever books are sold. You can reach Josif at email@example.com or follow him on social media @josifwright.