“We are honored to share a brand new author and his new book with all our friends and readers! Please meet Author, Aaron Emerson, and his new book release, “To Hell and Back: Heroin and Recovery” . . .his personal story.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania but have lived in Mason, Michigan since I was two. Mason is a small town outside of Lansing and is a place I have grown to love. I have a dog named Charlie that is around 11 or 12 years old and I love sports and reading. I have a girlfriend named Alison, a five-year-old daughter, and a wonderful, supportive family.
My fascination with books began about five years ago, actually. I started out reading a lot of mystery books, mainly James Patterson. I really got interested in them and now I am an avid reader. It was around that time that I started journaling, as well. I really fell in love with the ability to put my thoughts on paper and it became a positive outlet for everything I felt and thought. My interests are all Michigan sports, again, reading and all about Recovery.
A lot of people don’t understand that addiction to drugs is a disease, and the person that’s addicted turns into someone different and almost unrecognizable. Though the decisions to take drugs in the first place are usually horrible, life changing mistakes, no addict goes into experimenting with drugs thinking they would become addicted.
My addiction took me to jails, rehabs, and almost killed me several times with overdoses and accidents. I lived a life of regret, but I finally turned to God and made the decision to do whatever was necessary to get sober. It was a very long, intense, and hard journey, but I pulled through. I really hope my new book will help people not make the same decisions I made, raise awareness on addiction, and show readers that if you are alive, hope is alive, as well.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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Aaron Emerson grew up as the son of a successful minister in Mason, Michigan. Blessed with a loving, caring family, he had the makings of a great life. At 14, however, his dad was unexpectedly fired from the church he helped build, right after the tragic passing of his cousin.
Aaron turned to marijuana and alcohol, finding pleasure in covering up the pain he was experiencing. A year later, he was introduced to prescription pills and eventually became addicted to oxycontin. Once oxycontin became too expensive and hard to find, he made the decision to switch to a cheaper, more potent drug: heroin.
Heroin would take Aaron through a life of hardcore addiction, lengthy jail stints, and several near-death experiences. After years of addiction that saw a once middle-class teenager turn into a felon and become homeless, a journey to find recovery transpired.
That journey took Aaron to several rehabs and through many heartbreaking relapses. However, recovery from his addiction was ultimately found, and now he shares his story around the state to raise awareness and spread hope.
Throughout his addiction and recovery, Aaron journaled and wrote about all of his experiences. He has now published his journal entries full of addiction, jail, rehab, overdose, relapse, and recovery. This book is the collection of all of those writings that shaped his life for several years . . . .
So, many of my readers know I just ask all my authors a few questions about them and about their writing, and here is what Aaron had to tell us.
1) How did you become a writer, and made you decide to write, publish, and share your testimony of addiction and recovery in written form?
“About four or five months into my recovery from addiction, I got an overwhelming desire to share my story with people. I have always loved writing so I came up with the idea to start a recovery blog. The main goal in all of this was to simply let others know that recovery from addiction is a reality and a possibility. I wanted to spread hope and raise awareness. People seemed to get a lot out of it so I have been doing it ever since.”
2) What do YOU think is the most important “Skill or Tool” that aids you in recovery?
“I think my most important skill or trait in recovery is my ability to lean on my support system. That was so crucial when I first got sober and I’m certain that without my recovery coach, my family, and my girlfriend, I would not be sober today. I also was heavily involved in 12-Step groups. I still do all of those today, but in early recovery, support groups and my support system were pretty much my whole life. Being able to open up and know when and how to ask for help was vital.”
3) Now I know you are a brand new Author, has there been one thing you can share exciting that has happened to you as an Author?
“Yes, I am a very new author. “To Hell And Back” is my first book and it has definitely been the most exciting thing to happen in my writing career. However, getting a significant amount of positive feedback on my blog has been the next best thing. It really makes my day to read, or hear someone tell me that they got something out of my posts.”
4) And lastly, what ONE word in ‘recovery terms’ is your Favorite to use?
“I’m not sure if this will technically count as a “recovery term,” but the phrase ~ “let go and let God” has always inspired me. Leaning on God throughout my recovery has been overwhelmingly comforting. Hearing or seeing that phrase always reminds me that, no matter what, things will be okay if I just let God take over my life.”
Aaron’s book is available on Amazon Kindle Store. Where can you connect with Aaron on social media? Most everywhere! LOL. I am sure he would like you to visit and connect with him.
“Presented by Lyon Book & Social Media Promotions of Author, Catherine Lyon”