Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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June 20, 2013

Daughters with addictions

Ashland native’s book has unique take

ASHLAND — An opportunity to meet an author from Ashland is coming.

Cathy Napier, author of “Operation Daughters Addicted” with Sandy Mullen, will be at Empire Books in Pullman Plaza in Huntington to sign books from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

The book has won an IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Award) in the category of Mental Health/Psychology, which was a surprise for Napier.

“Last January, the publisher told me that they would like to enter the book in the IPPY awards,” she said. “I agreed and never thought about it again until I received the notice that we had won in the category for Mental Health/Psychology.  I was definitely excited that ‘Operation Daughters Addicted’ had won.”  

The book offers strategies for overcoming dual addiction involving eating disorders and substance abuse.

“This book was written for those who need help,” she said, noting the authors have put many copies in the juvenile justice system and some in the women's prisons. “This book was written for those who suffer from the diseases of addiction and for the families who have loved ones destroyed by the disease of chemical dependency, depression and eating disorders.”

The foreword was written by another Ashland native — Naomi Judd.

“Cathy is one of my oldest and dearest friends,” Judd writes. “She’s been an empathic, smart gal since she was small.”

As a mother of two daughter, both of whom have sought help, Judd said she appreciates the authors acknowledge addiction is a family disease.

“The family chapter gives family members practical tools for dealing with resentments and regrets that accompany dependencies and make it clear that family genetic makeup as well as family dynamics become a part of the battle. They illustrate how an entire support system contributes to getting the diesase into recovery.”

Napier said she includes many references to Ashland in the book.

“I’ve added a lot about growing up in Ashland and some historical events that took place in the 1950s and ’60s that had an impact on me and my friends,” she said. “I talk about friendships and events that I shared with some of the people who still live there. I talk about Central Park; the positive influence that little town had on me and many, many others.”

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.

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