Anita Devlin is a national recovery advocate and co-author of a compelling memoir entitled S.O.B.E.R.*. Anita writes of how she and her family 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 more than seven years. Her message is one of hope and faith.
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 the Executive Director/President of the Above the Noise Foundation which has been created in direct response to the addiction crisis to help fund grassroots organizations in U.S. cities. The Foundation will host sober music festivals to inspire, support and provide education and access to sorely needed resources.
Anita is a featured member of Speakers for Change, a National Speaker Bureau and a SAMHSA Recovery Planning Partner. She speaks around the country to inspire, change, and open hearts and minds. As an advocate for parents who have children suffering from addiction, she offers support and advice by speaking at parenting groups and treatment centers from coast to coast. She also makes the time to speak to any parent 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.
Anita lives in Rye, New York with her husband, Michael. They have two children, Alexandra and Michael.
You can visit her PRESS page at: http://anitadevlin.com/media