“One day you will tell your story of how you overcame what you went through and it will be someone else’s survival guide.”
This book was unexpected. By that I mean, I had no idea it was forming as the days, months and years went by. Incurable Hope: A Memoir and Survival Guide for Coping with a Loved One’s Addiction, scheduled for release in April 2023, is a book that examines how substance use disorder, mental health, and trauma can collide with the legal and medical systems, but more importantly, it is a survival guide, a resource guide, and a desperately needed tour guide through the labyrinth of addiction as seen from the family’s point-of-view.
I am a dedicated Physician Assistant, wife and mother who grew up the third child of a liquor and narcotics agent. My breadth of exposure to healthcare, the legal field and parenting an addict provided the foundation to reveal the things we least like to talk about, but most need to. I have done countless speaking engagements for police, parole and correctional officers, paramedics, nurses and other hospital staff in an effort to create positive change in the face of surging levels of mental health and substance use disorders.
I support both police and citizen advocacy and I believe there can be a unified working relationship. As a physican assistant, mother of a young individual with substance use disorder, daughter of a former liquor and narcotics agent, and avid speaker and educator, I have been surrounded by forces that have built broader understanding from all perspectives. I have been a speaker for crisis intervention training, compassion fatigue, work place burnout, and mental health. I have volunteered to support the heroin recovery program within the walls of a correctional faciltiy, but most importantly, I have worked every day to support my son and many others working through the recovery process of addiction, mental health and trauma.