Jo Anne Mitchum
Addicted to Hope
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What is your book about?
Addicted to Hope is a biography chronicling Michelle Mulledy’s life as the wife of an addict.
• A journey into self-discovery and self-confidence, Michelle’s story gives real hope to families supporting loved ones battling addiction.
• Watching her husband build a million-dollar business and then sink to the depths of living homeless on the streets of Boston, Michelle finds her faith and herself.
• While supporting her loved one through recovery and coping with his relapses, Michelle learns the importance of caring for oneself.
• Often in unexpected and wondrous ways, Michelle leaves behind the isolation of addiction to experience the warmth of her spiritual community embracing her.
What inspired you to write your book?
Being a Marriage and Family Therapist, I witness many families negatively impacted by addiction. When Michelle told me that she wanted to tell her story of living with an addict, I knew it was something that could make a difference in other’s lives.
If you have a business related to your book, tell us about it:
I am a Marriage and Family Therapist working with couples seeking to find greater connectedness in their relationships.
What is a typical day like for you?
Busy! My typical day starts working as a Program Manager in the Corporate world. Evenings and Weekends, I practice Marriage and Family Therapy. In between, I write. I play with my two dogs who share an office with me. I spend time with my Mom and my Husband and I also enjoy time with my son and his family as much as possible.
What do you most enjoy about what you do?
Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as writing, affords me the opportunity to assist others seeking help in a positive and meaningful way.
What are some favorite books you’d recommend to our readers?
Non-fiction books that I’ve enjoyed include The Tipping Point, Sapiens, Thinking, Fast and Slow, and The Four Agreements.
What advice do you have to offer our readers?
Follow your dreams! One is always just the right age to enjoy a dream come true.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I am certified as a reflexologist, a practice which uses pressures points in the hands, feet, and ears to promote natural healing.
What’s next for you?
I’m contemplating retirement or at least writing a book about it.