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Saving Bobby: Heroes and Heroin in One Small Community
Saving Bobby
by Renée Hodges


 
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New York, NY: She Writes Press (pub: May 1, 2018)

A raw, honest, deeply moving memoir about the difficulties of managing a successful recovery from opioids—the number one killer of American kids age 18–25—told from the perspective of the addict’s aunt, who took Bobby in and dedicated herself to helping him. Using a holistic and open approach, the shame and stigma associated with addiction was lessened – and ultimately, Bobby learned he had to save himself.

When Renée Hodges invited her nephew, Bobby, to come stay with her for a few weeks so he could visit a doctor about his back pain, she knew he was recovering from an addiction to prescription painkillers. She believed that if he could address his back problems, he would have a better chance of staying clean—but she had no idea what a roller coaster ride she was getting on.

Unlike other books about addiction, Saving Bobby begins after rehab is over. Told in part through journal entries, e-mails, and personal recollections, this raw, honest, deeply moving memoir—begun to keep the family accountable—describes the sixteen months that Hodges, her husband, and their community struggled alongside Bobby as he attempted to successfully re-enter the day-to-day world. Using a holistic and open approach, the shame and stigma associated with addiction was lessened—and ultimately, Bobby learned he had to save himself.

A gripping and heartrending story of survival, Saving Bobby is an essential, timely read for those concerned about America’s most pressing epidemic.

Although her Louisiana roots run deep, RENÉE HODGES and her husband have called North Carolina home for the past thirty years. Hodges has worked as a campaign manager for a candidate for the Texas State House of Representatives (she won); front deskperson at a ski resort; and volunteer recruiter and registration head during a presidential campaign in New York City. She also cowrote and self-published the Best Kept Secrets series of guides in the 1980s. Settling into motherhood and raising a family has been her most satisfying work, however, and today she is a wife, mother of three, writer, investor, community volunteer, and avid tennis player. Learn more at www.ReneeHodgesAuthor.com.

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