Healing Scarred Hearts: A Family's Story of Addiction, Loss, and Finding Light

Healing Scarred Hearts: A Family's Story of Addiction, Loss, and Finding Light

by Susan Hoemke




In this emotional memoir, Susán Hoemke divulges the heart-wrenching story of her son Hayden's eight-year battle with drug addiction, and his tragic death at age twenty two. Through the pain of losing a child, Susán unflinchingly relates the crimes that her son’s desperation for a fix drove him to commit, and how the mental and physical impact of the drugs on his body turned her happy, creative son into a stranger in their home. The years surrounding Hayden’s death have been some of the most difficult in the family’s life, his addiction not only affecting him but all those around him. Rebuilding their home and family, and attempting to see light in the darkest days they’d ever experienced proved to be an incredibly difficult effort, but not impossible. Hoemke hopes that her family’s story will serve as a wake-up call to people everywhere about the drug epidemic across this country, and as a song of hope for those suffering through what her family has.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612549880
Publisher: Brown Books Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/08/2018
Pages: 173
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Susán Hoemke knows firsthand what it's like to have a loved one who is struggling with addiction. A wife and mother of four, her life took an unexpected turn in the form of her son Hayden's addiction and other subsequent family tragedies that taught her—the hard way—the challenges of living with this disease. Now, she hopes to not only bring awareness and understanding to drug addiction but also to offer hope and healing after loss. Her research, experience attending rehab meetings, and time spent living with an addicted love one enable her to speak on this subject from a deeply personal perspective. Today, Hoemke is a public speaker and the owner of a product development company. She lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, Carl, and youngest daughter, Olivia, while her other two adult children, Landon and Miranda, live in Austin.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

1 Why 1

2 First Born/Early Years 5

3 Keeping Life "Normal" 17

4 Sex Offender 35

5 Cuts 49

6 Unlikely Felon 61

7 New Drug 73

8 Prison 83

9 Visitation 95

10 Frustration 103

11 Coming Home 111

12 Funeral 125

13 Healing Hearts 139

14 Path to Peace 147

15 What We Learned through the Phases of Hayden's Drug Use 153

What Does One Do? 159

About the Author 167

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