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WCAI (NPR), Interview with Lisa Hillman

WCAI (NPR), Interview with Lisa Hillman

Addiction and overdose are among the most serious social and health issues facing our country today. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called drug overdose deaths “the top lethal issue” in the U.S. with preliminary data showing nearly 60,000 overdose deaths in 2016. With overdose deaths rising, and friends and loved ones battling addiction, it’s not uncommon …

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Ask the Experts

Ask the Experts

Write a book about a topic, and instantly you’re an expert.  Or people think you are. I often am asked questions that are better directed to those far more knowledgeable.  What is your opinion about legalizing marijuana?  How about programs that give addicts medication?  What about needle exchanges? My answer is, typically, I am neither …

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A Morning Walk

A Morning Walk

In July I let my gym membership lapse.   My husband and I would be traveling most of the month so it seemed a waste to pay dues. Instead, on a sultry Saturday morning, I chose to walk through the grounds of the United States Naval Academy.  We live three blocks away and “the Yard” – …

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“A mother’s story — When addiction rears its ugly head,” The Bridgton News

“A mother’s story — When addiction rears its ugly head,” The Bridgton News

A phone call forever changed Lisa Hillman’s life. She appeared to be living the American dream. Lisa was a highly-successful healthcare administrator and fundraising executive for the local hospital in Annapolis, Md. As president of the hospital’s foundation, she spearheaded a drive to raise millions of dollars for a major facility expansion. Her husband, Dick, …

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What inspired me to write “Secret No More”

What inspired me to write “Secret No More”

When addiction first crept into our household 11 years ago, I started keeping a journal. Retreating to clean white paper became my refuge. The blank pages stared back, non-judgmental and welcoming. On their unvarnished surface I poured out my anguish, fear, confusion and shame. It was the only place – until many years later – …

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“Secret No More, a memoir by Lisa Hillman,” Looking Good Magazine

“Secret No More, a memoir by Lisa Hillman,” Looking Good Magazine

The first call came while Lisa and her husband, Dick, were relaxing after work in their Annapolis Historic District home. At the time, Lisa was President of Anne Arundel Medical Center’s foundation and Dick, a retired lawyer and former mayor of Annapolis, was involved in a variety of post-retirement activities. When the call came in, …

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“I’m just curious…”

“I’m just curious…”

It often begins like this. I’m at a book talk. A woman seated in a back row slowly raises her hand. “I’m just curious. What does your son think of the book?” It’s a question I’ve come to expect. And since honesty is at the core of recovery, for both the addict and the family, I …

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“A mother’s story of her son’s addiction,” HER Show (RadioMD Postcast)

“A mother’s story of her son’s addiction,” HER Show (RadioMD Postcast)

Addiction affects the entire family. How can you handle a loved one’s addiction? Addiction can be frightening to witness. It is a family disease, as it impacts the entire family. Author Lisa Hillman journaled her experience as her son battled addiction. It not only helped her process what she went through as a mother of …

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“Author, mother of teenage addict shares parenting journey,” CBS News 8 San Diego

“Author, mother of teenage addict shares parenting journey,” CBS News 8 San Diego

A successful professional, a mayor’s wife and mother of two, Lisa Hillman seemed it have it all figured out. The pain of knowing her teenage son was in the thick of a battle with drug addiction, though, was too much to bare. In her book “Secret No More” Hillman details how her life as an …

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