Safe Harbor Cohasset Coalition and the Paul Pratt Memorial Library proudly present local author, Maureen Cavanagh, as part of our Spiral Upward, Recovery Month, series of events.
We invite you to come and listen to Maureen, as she discusses her book, “If You Love Me.” This is a true story of a mother who suddenly finds herself on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic. Maureen’s odyssey into the opioid crisis, as both a parent, and then as an advocate, is a deeply moving mother-daughter story. When Maureen and her ex-husband Mike see Katie’s needle track marks for the first time, it is a complete shock. But, slowly, they realize that the drug use explains everything—Katie’s constant exhaustion, erratic moods, and all those spoons that have gone missing from the house.
Like the millions of people all over the country Maureen learns that recovery is neither straightforward nor brief. As she fights to save Katie’s life, Maureen is launched into the shadowy world of overcrowded, for-profit rehabilitation centers that often prey on worried parents. As Katie runs away from one program after another, Maureen realizes that even while she becomes an expert on getting countless men and women into treatment, she remains powerless to save her own daughter. This unforgettable story brings the opioid crisis out of the shadows and into the house next door.
Maureen’s talk is a must-see, and whether you are in recovery, have a loved one in recovery, have lost a family member to addiction, or are simply interested in showing your support and helping to eliminate the stigma associated with substance use, this event is for you!!
Maureen is also the founder of Magnolia New Beginnings, a nonprofit peer-support group for those living with or affected by substance use disorder. She has been recognized by The New York Times, CNN, and other outlets for her work fighting the opioid crisis and the stigma that surrounds it.