Rock Bottom and Back book and TV series reveal the secret to a happy life.

Traveling fundraiser, book signing and film premiere to support the charities in the book.

Houston, TX private screening Sept. 29 to support The Wheelhouse recovery center.

Seven out of 22 stories feature Texas-based heroes, in attendance at the event.

September 20, 2016 (HOUSTON, TX) BIC Media Solutions has announced its Rock Bottom and Back—From Desperation to Inspiration inspirational book and television pilot — released this month — is going “on the road” for private screenings and book signings to support the charities highlighted in the book. The first stop in the film’s premiere tour took place in New Orleans to support The New Orleans Mission.  The tour continues to Houston, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Little Rock, Arkansas, and Los Angeles.

RockBottomandBack.comWritten by New York Times bestselling author Susan Mustafa with Earl B. Heard, Rock Bottom and Back™ depicts the incredible lives of 22 people who hit rock bottom and then came back from profound despair to help others in extraordinary ways. Featuring celebrities as well as ordinary people, Rock Bottom and Back™ reveals the tragedy of reaching bottom through loss, trauma, alcoholism, and drug, sex, and gambling addictions. This compilation offers hope to those who have hit bottom and is a roadmap to wellness, redemption, and, ultimately, a successful life.

“I wanted to create something that would show everyone that hitting bottom is tough, sometimes life-shattering, but we can come back to be happier and more successful than we could imagine through dedicating our lives to others,” stated Heard.

A TV show by the same name, which is narrated by actor Danny Trejo and coproduced by BIC Media Solutions and Mission Media Productions, features compelling interviews with six people whose stories are highlighted in the book, including Jerry and Whitney Strickland. “Each story is different, but all of the stories share the same lesson — through helping others, we can heal ourselves. It’s a powerful message,” Heard stated. The pilot is currently being developed into a television series.

Those featured in Rock Bottom and Back™ from Houston and other local cities in Texas include:

  • Jerry Strickland – Breaking the cycle of addiction
  • Whitney Strickland – Crash and burn, the long road to redemption
  • Maurice “Termite” Watkins – Boxer trades cocaine addiction for Olympic victory
  • Mike “Iron Mike” Peterson – Skid Row to The Wheelhouse
  • Karl Garcia – Coping with the trauma of cancer
  • Theresa Westbrook – Talk show host breaks silence of abuse
  • Bradley Blue – Reliving the horrors of war—PTSD

The Houston Area Safety Council and Calculated Controls is hosting the Houston invite-only fundraising event for Rock Bottom and Back™ on Sept 29, 2016.  The film screening and Q&A to highlight special guests Maurice “Termite” Watkins, Michael “Iron Mike” Peterson, Whitney Strickland and co-author Earl B. Heard, as well as the producers and director of the film. 

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About BIC Alliance:

BIC Alliance, publisher of BIC Magazine, the nation’s only multi-industry, multi-departmental publication for the oil and gas industry, has been publishing stories about successful industry entrepreneurs who have been to ‘rock bottom’ and back for more than three decades.  BIC Media Solutions is the media investment, entertainment and custom book publishing division of BIC Alliance based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Houston. For more information, visit and

About Mission Media Productions:

BIC Media Solutions teamed up with The New Orleans Mission, a homeless shelter that serves the New Orleans area, to create the pilot episode of the television docu-series Rock Bottom and Back™, available now on DVD. Mission Media Productions helps veterans and homeless individuals learn a profession in film and television production.

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