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Unlocking mysteries and family secrets

Wisconsin author shares his story at local library May 3

DeForest Times-Tribune

Wisconsin writer David B. Bohl pieced together a complicated true story – his own – over several years of research to find out the answer to, “Who am I?”

Bohl is the former Director of Addiction Services at Rogers Memorial Hospital, Oconomowoc and today is an independent consultant with Beacon Confidential, LLC in Milwaukee. He works with clients and families in Wisconsin and nationally who experience substance-use disorders and trauma.

He will be telling his story and signing copies of his book, “Parallel Universes: The Story of Rebirth”, at the DeForest Area Public Library on May 3.

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David B Bohl to appear on ALL ABOUT LIVING with Carol Koby

ADOPTION, ADDICTION, HEALING AND HELPING: A PERSONAL JOURNEY

ALL ABOUT LIVING with Carol Koby
on Hank AM 1550 & 97.7 FM
Streamed live on Hankonline.net
10:00-11:00 AM Saturdays
Programs posted on carolkobyradio.com

At seven days old, David Bohl was adopted into a loving family.  Even as he was embraced and doted on by parents who told him he was special because he was adopted, he felt confused about who he was. Why had someone relinquished him?  What was wrong with him?  This feeling was reinforced when, at the age of six, he shared the exciting news that he was adopted with his friends. They were not impressed. Instead, their faces showed pity and embarrassment. David knew then he was right. He was different, bad, and he withdrew.

In his teenage years, David discovered that alcohol was a great coping mechanism to relieve his internal shame. His love affair with alcohol flourished. It accompanied him through high school, college, work, and into his family life. It kept him going – until it didn’t.

On this program, David Bohl describes his incredible journey and how he came to terms with his identity and the recognition that alcohol was destroying him. Recovery was a complicated process, but as with everything else, he pursued it with vigilance. What was his nemesis became his passion.  Now 13 years sober, today he is helping others confront their pain and addiction. David went back to school to earn a Masters of Addiction Studies degree and is a licensed Addiction Counselor in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota.  Currently, he is an independent consultant with Beacon Confidential, LLC in Milwaukee.

David B. Bohl has shared his story in his memoir, PARALLEL UNIVERSES: THE STORY OF REBIRTH. He will be speaking and signing books at Tribeca in Watertown, 10 am  April 28, 2018 and will be at the DeForest Area Public Library, 6 pm Thursday, May 3.

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David B Bohl to appear on the Money Sense radio show

David B. Bohl, author of Parallel Universes will appear on the Money Sense radio show with Karen Ellenbecker. The program will air Saturday, April 28th at 2:00 pm and Sunday, May 6th, at 12:00 Noon.

For over two and half decades, Karen Ellenbecker, founder of Ellenbecker Investment Group (EIG), has combined her financial planning expertise with a wide array of education from special guests. Each week, Karen and the EIG Wealth Advisors share their unique financial perspective as they interview local and global economists, attorneys, tax professionals and other interesting guests.

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Who am I?

David B. Bohl spent his childhood feeling like an outsider in his own family. “Who do I look like?” he wondered. “How do my genes explain who I am?”

Imagine living for decades not knowing who you really were, constantly feeling like part of your identity was missing.

For Bohl, author of the memoir Parallel Universes, it wasn’t until he started uncovering secrets of his past that he began to recover from trauma and addiction. Bohl will share his story March 12 at the Sun Prairie Public Library at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

His story offers insight for those struggling with the reality of everyday life in today’s complicated world. Haunted by decades of unresolved issues relating to alcohol, addiction and adoption, his memoir offers hope to anyone struggling with obstacles that interfere with the enjoyment of life.

“Duality and addiction and later duality and recovery are challenging dance-steps for any of us,” he said. “How much more challenging is an integrated sense of identity if you’re adopted, if much of your past is locked away from you in someone else’s filing cabinet?”

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One man’s journey to learn his roots

The FREEMAN
By Sharyn Alden
Special to The Freeman

Author to discuss book in Oconomowoc

OCONOMOWOC — Imagine living for decades not knowing who you really were, constantly feeling like part of your identity was missing.

For David B. Bohl, author of the memoir “Parallel Universes,” it wasn’t until he
started uncovering secrets of his past that he began to recover from trauma and addiction.

His story offers hope to those struggling with the reality of everyday life in
today’s complicated world. Haunted by decades of unresolved issues relating to alcohol, addiction and adoption, his memoir offers hope to anyone struggling with obstacles that interfere with the enjoyment of life.

“Duality and addiction and later duality and recovery are challenging dancesteps for any of us,” he said.

“How much more challenging is an integrated sense of identity if you’re adopted, if much of your past is locked away from you in someone else’s filing cabinet?”

Bohl is the former director of Addiction Services at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Summit. Today, he is an independent consultant with Beacon Confidential, LLC in Milwaukee. He works with clients and families in Wisconsin and nationally who experience substance use disorders and trauma.

He writes that alcohol once controlled his life; it was his sole coping skill. When he began digging deep inside himself, not knowing what he’d find, he discovered that the process helped him heal.

Oconomowoc roots

Bohl was born in an unwed mothers home in Oconomowoc. He was adopted by a prosperous Milwaukee family after being “relinquished” at birth by a mother he never knew.

“I was adopted at 7 days old, and raised in a loving home. But one day, when I was 6 years old, I could hardly wait to tell my friends that I was adopted,” Bohl said. “I was stunned when they didn’t see it that way — that adoption wasn’t something to be proud of. That negative reaction and mistrust catapulted me into a confusing, complex, gut-wrenching journey that involved addiction and self-loathing.”

As a young boy he felt he never quite fit in. But he put a game face on and became an overachiever in everything he did — sailing, academics and as a trader on the Chicago Exchange floor. Bohl said, “Early on, I realized that alcohol was a great medicine; it was a coping mechanism that kept me alive. It also kept me unwell.”

Finding his roots
Not until David married and had children of his own did he feel compelled to find his birth parents to discover if genetics played a role in the well-being of his offspring. Bohl, who is 57, learned the identify of his biological parents three years ago, but never met them.

“Baby Boy Bender,” as he was labeled in the adoption papers, was born to a redhaired co-ed who struggled with alcoholism. His mother died in a homeless shelter years ago, and his father, an athlete, died years before that of a brain tumor. He began writing his memoir after he learned the identities of his birth parents.

Not long ago, he learned he has a half-sister in south suburban Chicago and another living in Las Vegas. As soon as he learned the news he raced to go meet them. “It was an extraordinary experience seeing contemporaries who resembled me and experiencing those first ever connections to my biological beginnings,” he noted.

Today, he says his life is phenomenal in ways he never imagined. “My hope is that my story and my experiences can give others the courage to find their own way, and to go beyond the struggles that they may be carrying with them,” he said.