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Relapse and Recovery

By Aaron Emerson

I have heard a lot of people say that relapse is a part of recovery. Even professional counselors have said this to me. It couldn’t be further from the truth, though.

I have recently witnessed this first hand. Yes, I relapsed, and I couldn’t be more down on myself. People are telling me to keep my head up and get back into my recovery, but I let this happen…again. This isn’t the first time I have relapsed in long term recovery.

I had to write this. One thing I have really been proud of in all of my blogs is the honesty that I write with. I have had a lot of people buy my book and tell me things like, “you are an inspiration.” Maybe I am, but the way I feel deep down contradicts the image people see of me, and frankly, I feel like a hypocrite.

That’s one reason I am starting to work on a second book, one that focuses more on how hard it is to live a full life of recovery and talks about the struggles recovering addicts face on a daily basis.

I can’t even look myself in the mirror right now. I am so upset I let this happen and that I didn’t tighten the grips on my recovery when I could feel this coming. But I got so busy with two jobs and working on my book, I brushed it off.

But these are the things thousands of people like me have to deal with everyday. Recovery from addiction is such a blessing, but it’s not easy. That’s why i write this blog, not just to spread hope, but to raise awareness for addiction and what living a life of recovery is truly like. And this is what happens when we don’t make staying sober the top priority in our lives: we lose it.

I have since started going to meetings again and have been praying a lot, but this depression I am dealing with is starting to affect those around me. Thankfully, I am committed to not using, but I really need some prayers.

I will still never give up on sharing my story and raising awareness. After all, that is my life, and a relapse isn’t going to change that. I am going to address everything I need to address and get back on the recovery horse!


Fantastic Book Signing

By Aaron Emerson

If you have read any of my blogs lately, you are probably aware that I held a book signing last week. I wanted to give an update, especially since the support I received for it was beyond amazing.

The signing – for my book To Hell And Back: Heroin And Recovery – was held April 8 at Bestsellers Books and Coffee Co. in Mason. Countless people showed up, even many I have never met. In the two hours I was there, I don’t think there was a time somebody wasn’t talking to me, wishing me well or talking about the book.

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I sold 33 books on the night, which was more than I anticipated. It really opened up my eyes and showed me how much support I have. I can’t say thank you enough. I feel so blessed to have so many people rooting for me and to have people who want to read my book.

Without all of my readers and supporters, I probably wouldn’t have had the motivation to carry out and finish my book. But I’m so thankful I did, because my story is one that needs to be heard. I don’t say that in a cocky way or mean that I am some important person. But I think my story can not only help a lot of people, but can raise awareness and help to de-stigmatize addiction.

So thank you to everyone who has supported me through this journey. I can’t begin to relay how appreciative I am for all of the support I have received.

If you have not bought my book, you can get it. Just click HERE to check out the options. It is available in softcover format for $13.99 and just $4.99 as an E-Book. E-Books can be read on any smartphone, tablet, or computer.


Book Updates!

Aaron Emerson

It seems like there has been a lot going on with my book the last few weeks, so I wanted to post an update on everything going on. God has opened up a lot of doors in my life and I am extremely thankful for the support so many people have given me throughout this process.

My book, a memoir detailing my addiction to heroin and my eventual recovery called To Hell And Back: Heroin And Recovery, is available in two formats.

Softcover: If you want to order my book as a softcover, you can get it online in two places. To get it through Amazon, CLICK HERE.  You can also order it here through my website, which uses PayPal. To order it through my website, CLICK HERE. My softcover books are $13.99 If you live in the Lansing/Mason area, you can also purchase them at Bestsellers Books & Coffee Co., located in downtown Mason at 360 S. Jefferson Street. I can also meet up with you to sell you one. Just get a hold of me if you would like to meet somewhere!

E-Book: My memoir is also available as an E-Book for just $4.99, which is a digital book that can be read on any smartphone, tablet, Kindle, or computer. To order the E-Book, CLICK HERE.

Book-signing: Last week, I announced some very exciting news. I am holding a book-signing at Bestsellers Books & Coffee Co. on Friday (April 8) from 5 to 7 p.m. I really hope to see you there! Bestsellers is located across from the courthouse in downtown Mason. Stop by and purchase a book. If you already got a book, you can bring it by for me to sign or even think about buying a signed copy for a friend!