Submitted By: Amanda Mitrani
Over 10 million Americans each year experience irresistible triggers from opioids and other prescription drug addictions. Of those, 90% had started smoking, drinking, abusing over-thecounter medicines or using other drugs before the age of 18.
Author Cindy Rae Mogil-Cooley knows all too well of the detrimental impact drug abuse has on one’s relationships with friends and family. After accidentally killing a young man in 1973 while driving sober at the time, Mogil-Cooley began abusing multiple mood-altering prescriptions for nearly 20 years, remaining silent about her traumatic story until 1997 when she finally received the treatment therapy she desperately needed and began her process of recovery.
Drawing from her own experience and wanting to help spread awareness of drug abuse epidemic, Mogil-Cooley published her first book : Swallowing A Bitter Pill, How Prescription and Over-The-Counter Drug Abuse is Ruining Lives – My Story in 2001 as a way to engage prescription drug abusers and their families on the addiction journey and help guide them through their recovery using her voice of comfort, recovery coaching, and exposing pill addictions nationally. Since the original book’s publication, she has released a second edition in late 2019.
Swallowing A Bitter Pill is a moving account by the author on the prescription addiction process, telling both her own story as well as the stories of others, and answering readers’ questions regarding subjects relating to various recovery stages. The book aims to engage prescription drug abusers and families on the addiction journey, provide rehabilitation resources, and guide readers from recognizing drug addiction to making an informed recovery plan. Both editions were nominated for best non-fiction novel in its category.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
An addition to being an author, Cindy Rae Mogil-Cooley is an advocate and key-note speaker to healthcare professionals, the pharmaceutical industry, support groups, and state legislatures. She has lobbied to state Governors forming Opioid Task Forces, recognizing the need for change and doing something about controlled substance addictions.
Mogil-Cooley studied, earned credentials in addiction recovery coaching, eventually launching her own non-profit Prescriptions Anonymous in 1998. The organization is the first national non-traditional support group for aftercare treatment of prescription and over-the-counter drug abusers, accomplishing what AA has provided for alcoholics. She now provides national addiction and family recovery coaching through her website, www.prescriptionsanonymous.com.
MEET THE AUTHOR
For those interested in meeting the author or buying a copy of the new edition of Swallowing A Bitter Pill, Cindy Rae Mogil-Cooley will be coming to the Fort Myers area for a book signing at Apothicare 360 on Thursday March 26th at 6:30PM and Saturday April 11th at 10:30AM. Both editions of her book are also available on her website www.prescriptionsanonymous.com and in bookstores worldwide.
Where: Apothicare 360
6631 Orion Dr #112
Fort Myers, FL 33912
Thursday March 26th at 6:30PM
Saturday April 11th at 10:30AM