Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Spotlight on SAVING BOBBY: Heroes and Heroin in One Small Community by Renée Hodges

Publisher: She Writes Press
Pub. Date: May 1, 2018
Pages: 349

In the face of the staggering statistics about opioid addiction in the United States, Renee Hodges’s memoir, SAVING BOBBY, is a beacon of hope—encouraging, uplifting and inspiring.

In her memoir, Renee documents how she, her husband, and their small community in Durham, North Carolina rallied to help her nephew, Bobby, manage his recovery from an addiction to prescription painkillers prescribed for his back pain. Their story is striking because it focuses entirely on handling recovery while assimilating back into society, describing life after Bobby left the structure and protection of multiple rehabilitation centers and half-way houses.

Told in part through journal entries and e-mails, this raw, moving memoir describes a naïve aunt’s deeply personal journey grappling with her own family’s history of addiction, the crippling ripple-down effect of the disease in other generations, and the resources and holistic process used to help Bobby reclaim his life. Bobby did make it—in part because recovery doesn’t happen in isolation, and he had support from a caring community willing to move past the shame and stigma of addiction. A riveting, hopeful, and heartrending story of survival, SAVING BOBBY is an essential, timely read for those concerned about America’s most pressing epidemic.

Praise for Saving Bobby

“…a very loud, clear wakeup call that we must heed…”—Claude T. Moorman, III, MD, Former Executive Director, Duke Sports Sciences Institute and Head Team Physician, Duke Athletics

“…This book is a must-read for all of us.”—Kim Leversedge MD, Board Certified Pediatrician

“…strikingly personal and lyrically told….A heartfelt, inspiring, and deeply moving chronology of substance abuse and enduring, unconditional familial love.”—Kirkus Reviews

“…Teachers and parents will benefit from reading this eye-opening account into what might be an unfamiliar reality.”—Denise E. Carr, junior high and middle school science teacher

“…this story, though it is so poignantly Bobby and Renée’s story, belongs to us all…. This is a book you cannot put down. This is a story you cannot forget—nor should you.”—Dee Mason, journalist, author, playwright, and public speaker

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About the Author

Although her Louisiana roots run deep, RENÉE HODGES and her husband have called North Carolina home for the past thirty years. She co-wrote and self-published the Best Kept Secrets series of guides in the 1980’s. Settling into motherhood and raising a family, however, has been her most satisfying work, and today she is a wife, mother of three, writer, investor, community volunteer, and avid tennis player. She is also a Shatterproof ambassador.

Renee Hodges is touring nationwide. Learn more about her book and her appearances by visiting www.ReneeHodgesAuthor.com.

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