Josie Thornhill

is creating a hybrid novel about losing her partner to addiction.

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About Josie Thornhill

Hello! I'm Josie Thornhill, a freelance health copywriter and student. You can learn more about me at my website.

I lost my partner Adam in 2020 to addiction. I am working on a hybrid book about life after losing him to an overdose.

My intention is to honor Adam, raise awareness for mental illness, and fight the stigma that hovers over his memory. There are many ways to combat opioid overdoses, but a lot of them are outside of my capability. The one thing I can do is help increase public awareness by putting my story out there.

This story may interest you if:

➡️ You have lost someone close to you.
➡️ You have loved someone with a substance use disorder.
➡️ Mental illness/neurodivergence interests you, especially psychosis and addiction.

 So, why am I on here?

I have had essays, articles, and poetry published, but I have never published a book. I won a silver key from SCAD from my creative writing portfolio. My essay won a book scholarship from Georgia State University's English department. And my poem won 1st place in a Valentine's Day contest at the University of North Georgia. But a book? I am new at that, teaching myself as I go.

As a freelance writer who is paying her way through school, I cannot afford to hire a writing coach or cover the costs of publishing if I decide to go the self-publishing route. I created a Patreon to raise money to hire a writing coach and/or editor to help me navigate the publishing world whether that's traditional or indie, as well as cover any publishing costs.

What can I offer Patreons?

➡️ Short excerpts from my book. These excerpts will not be in order. From drawings to vignettes to poems and lists, it could be anything. And believe me, it's hot shit. So, you'll get a good laugh at my fumbling through a rough draft.

If my Patreon grows and people start to show interest in the book, I will brainstorm more tiers, such as alpha/beta reading and the like. 

Thanks for reading,


Relevant Resources/Information:

  • Never Use Alone Hotline:
Call (800) 484-3731
If you have no choice but to use alone, call us! You will be asked for your first name, exact location, county, and the number you're calling from. An operator will then stay on the line with you while you use. If you do not respond after a set amount of time after you've used, the operator will notify emergency services of an "unresponsive person" at your location. If you call, and cannot connect with an operator, please call ‪(931)304-9452."

  • Understanding the Opioid Epidemic: 
"From 1999–2018, almost 450,000 people died from an overdose involving any opioid, including prescription and illicit opioids. This rise in opioid overdose deaths can be outlined in three distinct waves.

1. The first wave began with increased prescribing of opioids in the 1990s, with overdose deaths involving prescription opioids (natural and semi-synthetic opioids and methadone) increasing since at least 1999.
2. The second wave began in 2010, with rapid increases in overdose deaths involving heroin.
3. The third wave began in 2013, with significant increases in overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids, particularly those involving illicitly manufactured fentanyl. The market for illicitly manufactured fentanyl continues to change, and it can be found in combination with heroin, counterfeit pills, and cocaine."

"According to the American Medical Association (AMA), an estimated 3 to 19 percent of people who take prescription pain medications develop an addiction to them. People misusing opioids may try to switch from prescription pain killers to heroin when it is more easily available. About 45 percent of people who use heroin started with an addiction to prescription opioids, according to the AMA."

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