Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking and sharing some of my story to another local high school. It was actually the second time I have spoken at this particular school and it went about as good as I could have expected.
The speech was at Dansville High School, a small school east of Mason. I went with my recovery coach, Phil, and we each told our respective stories to the whole school, split up in two groups.
Facebook By Weblizar Powered By Weblizar
We spoke at this school last year and the seniors remembered us. I told my story of addiction, starting with my addiction to weed and painkillers, then working my way up to getting hooked on heroin and abusing it for years.
Phil, who is the vice president of Families Against Narcotics (FAN), shared his story of losing a son to a heroin overdose. His son, Eric, was a great kid that got involved with drugs in college. Eric’s story is much like my own; he just got into drugs at an older age. Sadly, though, he isn’t here to share his story, but his Dad has taken the tragedy and turned it into hope for others. If it wasn’t for Phil getting involved in trying to help others after his son’s death, I might not be alive today. He was instrumental in helping me find recovery and it is such a blessing to be able to give back to the community with the same guy who helped me. God truly works in mysterious ways.
Anyway, the students were a very receptive audience and paid great attention. They seemed to care about what we had to say and a few of them talked to us afterwards.
Sharing my story at schools like this is one of the most therapeutic things I have ever done for my recovery. Sometimes it is pretty hard to tell a bunch of high school students about sticking a needle in my arm and stealing from my family, but knowing that my story could be helping a young person is such a gratifying feeling. If my past can be used to help even one person not make the same mistakes I did, I would feel like my addiction wasn’t for nothing.
I received some great news the other day so it is with great excitement I announce it here on my blog: I am having a book signing on April 8 at Bestseller Books & Coffee in Mason.
The book signing is going to held from 5 to 7 p.m. so if you aren’t doing anything or if you are getting out of work, stop on over.
Bestsellers is a book store and coffee shop in downtown Mason, located at 360 S. Jefferson Street right across the street from the iconic courthouse. My books are selling for $13.99 and you can purchase as many copies as you want. You can also request a message for me to write inside the book for you or someone else.
Facebook By Weblizar Powered By Weblizar
This is something I am really excited about, as a lot of my hard work on putting this book together is coming to fruition. I really hope I can see you there. If you want, bring over a friend or purchase a copy for someone else if you haven’t already purchased a book. If you already have a copy, you can still bring it in to get signed. I just want to see some faces!
Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me in this journey, whether that has been a big or small role. It has been a goal of mine for several years to write a memoir and I could never have done it without help and support from so many people.
The book – To Hell And Back: Heroin And Recovery – is a memoir I wrote on my addiction to heroin and my first year of recovery. It is written in the form of my journals I wrote while I was going through everything, so, in a way, it is like getting inside the mind of an addict.
If you can’t make the book signing, you can purchase a copy here on my blog through PayPal by clicking HERE or on Amazon with a credit card by clicking HERE.
During my spring break last week, I spent a lot of time working on setting up print for softcover versions of my memoir. I am now excited to announce that they are currently in the process of being printed.
I decided to run a deal for my book, To Hell And Back: Heroin And Recovery. If you sign up for a pre-order, you can get the book for just $9.99, which will save you at least $4. If you pre-order, you will get your copy in the mail by the end of the month, at the latest.
My memoir details my addiction to heroin and opioids, as well as my first year of recovery. It covers pretty much everything throughout my addiction, including my jail stints, rehab trips, overdoses, near-death experiences, and much more. It also details my relapses and many attempts to find recovery.
I really think it could open some eyes, considering most of the book is written in the form of journal entries. I used to write about everything I went through during my active addiction in a journal, and a year ago I decided to turn all of the most important entries into a book. It is pretty easy to pre-order the book now that I installed a shopping cart on my website. You can order it right here: http://www.aaronemersonblog.com/buy-my-book/. The payments are all done through PayPal, which is easy to set up an account on and is very secure.
I was featured in another television news broadcast this week. This time it was from WLNS Channel 6 out of Lansing, about the rise of drug overdose deaths in Michigan.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released data last week showing drug-related deaths in Michigan rising 14 percent just since 2014. These statistics are really not that surprising, just sad.
They come just a little over a week after losing a friend to a drug overdose, so getting interviewed for the story was a little ironic. But one thing sticks out to me: it seems like the drug overdose statistics have been rising every year for quite a while now. Sometimes it feels like it’s never going to stop rising, but we still can’t give up fighting the battle.
So much needs to change in our system. We can spread hope, but what can we do to really provide current addicts true help? Sometimes it can take a month or two just to get into a respectable rehab facility. Society generally believes we should lock up people who are addicted to drugs instead of sending them to rehab.
We still have a long way to go in this country. It’s good that news articles are being written on the issue to raise awareness, though. We can’t stop spreading hope.