Cindy Rae Mogil-Cooley Addresses The Nation’s Deadly Addiction Crisis In Her Book

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.


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,


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 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

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