GIRARD — Crawford County Mental Health officially launched the sale of its new book Friday.
“Trail of the Warrior” — written by CCMH Executive Director Rick Pfeiffer — is inspired by the lives of four people recovering from addiction. The book follows those characters’ stories and their interactions with a loveable dog, Rosie. The book is being used to educate, as well as fundraise for a new addiction treatment facility in Crawford County.
Pfeiffer wrote the book, but worked with a team to edit, rewrite and get the book published. The book underwent an almost complete rewrite from its first sample printing to the launched version.
“The book is so much richer now,” Pfeiffer said.
In the rewrite, Pfeiffer included more of Rosie, a richer detox sequence based on real events and added actual therapy dialogue to the end.
The book launch was hosted during the Crawford County Commission meeting Friday, and included readings from the book, background information and even an appearance from Rosie — the real life dog included in the book.
All proceeds from the sale of the book will CCMH’s non-profit organization, FACT, Inc,. and be used to help build a new addiction treatment center, as well as the ongoing treatment for clients.
Pfeiffer said the group hopes to sell 200,000 copies of the book. CCMH needs to raise $1.5 million to match $1 million pledged by Crawford County to build the new center.
A packet including an informational letter, sample copy of the book and more was sent to about 3,200 groups nationwide, including Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, book discussion groups, and more.
“In 12-step programs, you eventually get to step 12, which is to share the message and help someone else,” Pfeiffer said. “That’s what this is for us.”
The book is also an important piece of CCMH’s strategy, which is “Identify. Educate. Build.”
Pfeiffer said addiction was identified as concern for Crawford County through community meetings and studies done by the Crawford County Health Department. The studies found that substance abuse was identified as the number one problem in Crawford County five years in a row.
“We identified addiction as a priority through those studies,” Pfeiffer said. “Now we will educate about addiction with this book, and hopefully raise the money to build a new center to help solve the problem.”
“Trail of the Warrior” can be purchased at ww.trailofthewarrior.com. The first chapter can also be downloaded for free at that website. Copies of the book will also be available for purchase at Ron’s Supermarket Pitt Cafe.
A book signing with Pfeiffer will be hosted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. December 23 at the north entrance of Meadowbrook Mall.
Print copies of the book were printed by Pittcraft.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.