As the Smoke Clears, a Memoir

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AS THE SMOKE CLEARS, A MEMOIR touches on several strong & controversial topics such as a destructive addiction, depression & hospitalizations, marriage & relationships and many more, but essentially it is a story of great loss; losing one's self, losing one's individuality, sanity, self-esteem, motivation, even physical well-being and even the will to live anymore, but then finding yourself again. More

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About Erika Cormier

I am a mother, a writer and a person who will be in recovery the rest of my life. I am not naïve to believe I will never relapse again but I apply everything I've learned every day to ensure that will not happen. My son is my inspiration. He is autistic, nonverbal and he is the most loving, most affectionate, smart, funny and happy child I know. I am beyond blessed to have him as my son and he gives me motivation every single day to do the right thing and stay strong. I am no longer with my husband but we are great companions and fabulous co-parents, as we both have our visions for our son, aligned and on the same track. He has both of our support and my son's father is an excellent father who I am also very lucky to have in my life.

My book is available in print paperback on amazon and I have just begun booking signing events slated this February, and I'll be traveling around for those events. I'll post them as they come in case I come to your town!
My passion is helping other people seeking recovery to get those services they need and to set attainable goals for themselves so that they can get their lives back on track. I am extremely active in several online support groups on Facebook, and have written for many organizations related to addiction recovery like Shatterproof.org, Sober Nation, I blog every week twice, articles on addiction & recovery for ihavewill.com and am a continuing addiction expert writer for addictionland.com Much of my body of work that I continue to write weekly can be found in any google search of my name, and I continue this process because it is an understatement to call what is happening with heroin addiction and "epidemic". It is perhaps the absolute worst public health crisis we will ever see in our generation and yet it is not being treated as any other health crisis would be.

The job of crusaders which I include myself as one of them, is to change the stigma associated with addiction, since it is no longer an argument that addiction is or isn't a disease. WE KNOW IT IS NOW. We need politicians and Doctors willing to stand up and demand better treatment options from insurance companies so that it is provided to the people who need it, just like people with AIDS had to demand back in the early 80's. It is similar in so many ways, in the stigma, in the treatment and in the coverage in the media and portrayal of it in movies and all forms of media. The conversation needs to change and when it does, I'll still be pushing for better options and better access to treatment. Every life is worth saving, and the lives of heroin addicts CAN be saved and SHOULD be saved. They have people who love them and need them just as much as you do. There simply is no difference.

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