Anita Baglaneas Devlin
Anita Devlin is a recovery advocate and co-author of a compelling new memoir entitled S.O.B.E.R.*, an acronym for Son Of a Bitch Everything’s Real. In a phrase, that’s how Anita felt during the harrowing experience of helping her son navigate his addiction, which eventually led to his recovery and the recovery of her entire family. Her son & co-author, Michael Devlin Jr., has been sober for six years.
S.O.B.E.R.* is uniquely written from two perspectives, simultaneously: Anita, grappling with the stigma of her son’s addiction, fearing for her son’s life and struggling to understand the disease of addiction; alongside Michael, suffering emotionally and physically while in the grips of the disease, and his empowering message of recovery after months in treatment. Theirs is a story of struggle, hope and faith that has been called by many “a family love story.” Addiction professionals have raved about the book, which aims to put real faces to the disease.
Anita is represented by the SAMSHA approved speakers bureau, Speakers For Change. She offers support and advice by speaking about her faith, family and recovery all over the country. She is on the advisory board of Magnolia New Beginnings, whose primary goal is to support individuals and families that are seeking recovery. She also makes the time to speak to any mom around the country who needs her support, aiming to make them understand that they are not alone. Anita’s message always includes that addiction is a family disease: the whole family needs to be in recovery/therapy in order for everyone to heal.
Woman's Day Magazine recently did a feature story on Anita and her work in the recovery field. She was also featured on PBS NewsHour reciting an essay she wrote about substance use disorder and recovery. Anita has appeared in WebMD, Huffington Post OWN, Renew Magazine and US News and World Report amongst many other publications and radio shows. She is the co-director of a new foundation, "Above The Noise". The foundation will focus on families around the country affected by addiction offering sober music festivals as an opportunity to heal together through the power of music.
Anita lives in Rye, New York with her husband, Michael. They have two children, Alexandra and Michael.
You can visit her PRESS page at: www.anitadevlin.com/media
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