Our Heroes in Recovery Press Presents
Pirates Have Feelings, Too!
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Illustrated by Lily Jones

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Pirates Have Feelings, Too! Illustration
Pirates Have Feelings, Too! Illustration
Pirates Have Feelings, Too! Illustration

Why Did We Write This Book?

It’s simple: We care about families.

At Foundations Recovery Network, our commitment to patients and their loved ones extends far beyond the treatment experience. Along with our dedication to providing excellent care, we are always looking for ways to provide valuable resources, education, assistance and healing to those who are suffering from addiction and mental health conditions.

We began the Heroes in Recovery movement to help break down the stigma keeping those in need from seeking treatment. But as we continued to look for ways to support people and their families in clean and sober lifestyles, we realized that there was a large gap in the recovery conversation between families and children. We wanted to find a way to help families approach serious issues together, furthering positive communication and breaking down the fear and stigma surrounding addiction and mental health conditions. So we decided to write a book just for children.

About The Book

Pirates have feelings, too!Pirates Have Feelings, Too! is our first Heroes in Recovery Press publication. It follows a young pirate with a chaotic home life who learns how to express his emotions in a healthy way and with safe individuals. We will never sugarcoat the recovery experience—living clean and sober each day takes a heroic effort, and there are many challenges along the way. Our goal with Pirates Have Feelings, Too! was to open the door to conversations between recovering parents and children while also helping kids to self-validate and process their feelings in a therapeutic way. This book is useful in a variety of situations and circumstances and can be enjoyed by anyone. With fun, imaginative illustrations, a simple message and a unique approach to sensitive issues, this book can be used by parents, relatives, teachers, therapists, counselors, interventionists, clinicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, treatment providers and any individuals who work with children and families.

It takes a heroic effort to choose to get help for addiction and mental health conditions. It takes a heroic effort to seek help for a friend or a loved one. It takes a heroic effort for the person suffering to decide to accept help. Our mission is to continue to inspire the hero in all of us.

About the Authors and Illustrator

Anna McKenzie
Anna McKenzie
Anna McKenzie graduated summa cum laude from Ouachita Baptist University with a bachelor’s degree in English. She has had the privilege of writing for LifeWay Christian Resources, Worthy Publishing and Foundations Recovery Network, where she served as the executive editor in marketing until 2016. Anna enjoys being able to combine her passion for writing and editing with the rewarding work of helping people find healing from addiction and mental health conditions.

Kathryn Taylor, MA
Mental Health Counselor
Kathryn Taylor
Kathryn holds a master’s degree in mental health counseling and a bachelor’s degree in public relations and communications. Kathryn specializes in Dual Diagnosis counseling as well as counseling for victims of crime with an emphasis on child, adolescent and women’s mental health treatment. She began writing on a freelance basis in 1999 and delights in combining communications and counseling in ways that can enrich others.

Lily Jones
Lily Jones
Lily Jones graduated from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, with a degree in visual arts and English literature. She is currently working toward her teaching certification at UBC and is looking forward to having her summers off so she can continue to paint, draw, read and write. She has exhibited her paintings in school publications and independent galleries, and she recently entered the field of freelance illustration for children’s books.