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S.O.B.E.R.* – Anita & Mike Devlin

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S.O.B.E.R.* is uniquely written from two perspectives, simultaneously: Anita, grappling with the stigma of her son’s addiction, fearing for her son’s life and struggling to understand the disease of addiction; alongside Michael, suffering emotionally and physically while in the grips of the disease, and his empowering message of recovery after months in treatment.  Theirs is a story of struggle, hope and faith that has been called by many “a family love story.”  Addiction professionals have raved about the book, which aims to put real faces to the disease.

Anita is an advocate for mothers, who have children suffering from addiction. She offers support and advice by speaking at parenting groups, churches, schools and treatment centers from coast to coast. She also makes the time to speak to any parent who needs her support, aiming to make them understand that they are not alone. Anita’s message always includes that addiction is a family disease: the whole family needs to be in recovery/therapy in order for everyone to heal.  Her message is always one of faith and hope.

Woman’s Day Magazine recently did a feature story on Anita and her work in the recovery field.  She was also featured on PBS NewsHour reciting an essay she wrote about substance use disorder and recovery.  Anita has appeared in WebMD, Huffington Post, OWN, Renew Magazine and US News and World Report among many other publications and radio shows.

Anita lives in Rye, N.Y. with her husband, Michael. They have two children, Alexandra and Michael.



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