Brown Books Author Susan Hoemke is Today’s Honoree

A compelling new book, Healing Scarred Hearts: A Family’s Story of Addiction, Loss, and Finding Light, by mother, activist and author Susan Hoemke, was released early this month. In this emotional memoir, Susan tells the heart-wrenching story of her son Hayden’’s eight-year battle with drug addiction, and of his tragic death at age twenty-two. Susan’s memoir inspires critical open dialogue on oft-avoided topics of drug and alcohol abuse. Susan urges young parents to get educated on substance abuse so as to better understands the risks and struggles children face when dealing with addiction.

In the height of the opioid crisis, personal accounts of substance abuse are more important than ever. Susan maintains that her story is not unique. Addiction can happen in any family, regardless of circumstances, and “by learning and being prepared, just in case it happens in your family or a friend’s family, you can simplify the shock and be able to identify a problem before it escalates. Taking steps to prevent or slow down addiction in its first stages can save lives.”

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