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When Renée Hodges invited her nephew, Bobby, to come stay with her for a few weeks so he could visit a doctor about his back pain, she knew he was recovering from an addiction to prescription painkillers. She believed that if he could address his back problems, he would have a better chance of staying clean—but she had no idea what a roller coaster ride she was getting on.
Unlike other books about addiction, Saving Bobby begins after rehab is over. Told in part through journal entries, e-mails, and personal recollections, this raw, honest, deeply moving memoir—begun to keep the family accountable—describes the sixteen months that Hodges, her husband, and their community struggled alongside Bobby as he attempted to successfully re-enter the day-to-day world. Using a holistic and open approach, the shame and stigma associated with addiction was lessened—and ultimately, Bobby learned he had to save himself.
A gripping and heartrending story of survival, Saving Bobby is an essential, timely read for those concerned about America’s most pressing epidemic.
To learn more about Hodges, check out the video below or visit her website at www.reneehodgesauthor.com.
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What others are saying about Saving Bobby...
“…just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the book. But most importantly to tell you that my son just called me to tell me that [your] book may have saved him.”—Ashley
“…Teachers and parents will benefit from reading this eye-opening account into what might be an unfamiliar reality.” —Denise E. Carr, junior high and middle school science teacher
“…this story, though it is so poignantly Bobby and Renée’s story, belongs to us all…. This is a book you cannot put down. This is a story you cannot forget—nor should you.” —Dee Mason, journalist, author, playwright, and public speaker
“I am sitting on the back porch of our condo bawling. I just finished Saving Bobby and I am filled with a belief that this 349-page book is the bravest thing I have ever seen in print. As Renée Hodges made it so clear in the end and was so apparent in each page, this is her story and maybe her eventual salvation. This process has brought Hodges to her darkest places and she found her salvation there. This sounds simple but I know how really hard that is. No one wants to do that. But she did.” —William H. Davis, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon, Medical Director, OrthoCarolina Foot & Ankle Institute
“Saving Bobby is not just a story of addiction and recovery but an immensely powerful page-turner about how a family provided a safe haven that allowed the power of love to heal as only love can. A must-read for every parent and every therapist!” –Page J. Littlewood, Licensed Family and Marriage Therapist
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