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My interview with international bestselling author Blake E. Cohen broadcasts on Monday, June 17 at 5 p.m. Eastern on Your Book Your Brand Your Business. I’m thrilled to welcome this exceptional author and human being to the show to discuss his book I Love You, More: Short Stories of Addiction, Recovery, and Loss from the Family’s Perspective — an international bestseller on Amazon.com!
The compulsion to use substances tends to drain every ounce of life from an individual, but this is often equally as true for their family.
Most family members do not know where to turn for support and guidance when a child, parent or spouse becomes ill. Society offers little to educate the public or de-stigmatize the problem of addiction.
I Love You More is distinct and unique from other books on the market on addiction as it is meant to be an emotional education on the family systems affected by addiction using three, fictional short stories, all with very different endings.
These three powerful stories have common threads of hope, pain, mistrust, grief, worry, change, acceptance, belief, and the constant presence of varying levels of sanity across a broad spectrum.
I Love You More offers insight into the various perspectives and experiences of family members who have dealt with the harrowing disease of addiction.
The goal of this book is to be the conduit that allows you to enter the body and mind of a substance abuser and their family, to see the world through their eyes as they navigate their way through one of the most heart-breaking and gut-wrenching hardships they will ever face.
The author, Blake Cohen, is a recovering alcoholic and addict himself for multiple years. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and is a Certified Additions Professional. He currently works in the field of substance abuse treatment in the position of National Outreach Manager. Blake’s role allows him to be of assistance to families, and their loved ones, as they begin their journey into recovery. Blake is also a public speaker using his experience and education to help bring understanding to the public regarding the disease of addiction.
From mothers to fathers to siblings to aunts and uncles to grandmothers and grandfathers, as well the individuals struggling themselves, these stories contain emotional tidbits from the author’s years in the treatment field, interviews with families, and his own personal experiences.
The hardest thing for a person to do is watch a loved one slowly kill themselves while you standby; unable to do anything about it. For the family, addiction is frustrating, heart-wrenching, exhausting and time-consuming. It can lead to bouts of anger followed by bouts of hysteria. It can leave you bed-ridden and paralyzed by insurmountable sadness and depression.
Although we cannot make our loved ones better, we can learn to take care of ourselves through it all. This book is emotional support for anyone and everyone whose lives have been touched by addiction.
It’s always special to interview a guest who is also a valued client. Collaborating on I Love You, More with Blake was a rewarding and educational experience. With the current opioid crisis dominating headlines and stealing lives, he is making an enormous difference in communities all over the U.S. Blake helps individuals and families affected by addiction in multiple ways, including his Corporate Wellness Presentation.
During the live interview, he will discuss his own experience with alcohol and drug addiction, his motivation for writing I Love You, More, and his recommendations for anyone coping with the family disease of addiction. At the time of this post, Blake’s book has earned 17 5-star reviews on Amazon. I highly recommend previewing and purchasing it for yourself or anyone you know who is touched by addiction. Please be sure to publish a review after you read it. 😉
Discover more about Blake at his website: www.blakeevancohen.com, where you can subscribe to his newsletter. To listen to the interview, visit www.w4cy.com and click on the LISTEN LIVE button on Monday, June 17 at 5 p.m. Eastern. We will do our best to respond to all your questions from the chat room. For those who cannot listen live, the episode will be archived on iHeart Radio.
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