The media is full of drug abuse and overdose stories. What about people who become dependent or addicted who take the medication “exactly as directed” from the hands of ill-informed professionals. Dependence and addiction do not always mean abuse. There is an ever growing trend in involuntary dependence and addiction, which gets continually swept under the carpet.
A misdiagnosed back injury at work marks the start of a nightmare eleven-year journey for Pj, through a roller coaster ride in a series of prescription drugs, addiction, withdrawal and recovery. Dysfunctional and at a loss on all levels, she battles to break free from her benzodiazepine dependence and fights to retrieve her true self. Her memoir incorporates the shock and horror of addiction and withdrawal symptoms, daily life during the long process of recovery, growth in spirituality, relationships, loss of career-mom-self, and finding oneself on the other side.
Moment of Surrender is a brutally honest and traumatic account of her struggle back to health, offering a shining light to guide others who walk a similar path, and is sure to be an eye-opener to all who read it.
Pj Laube was born and raised in Wisconsin on a dairy farm within a family of twelve children. Her family later moved into a small neighboring town where she participated in sports year round in high school to stay active.
She holds a degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Physical Education and Health where she was a Hall of Fame basketball player. She also received a graduate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Human Performance with an emphasis in Sport Management.
Pj taught middle school Physical Education and coached girls’ basketball in Columbia, Missouri. She resigned and turned to writing “Moment of Surrender” after enduring a lengthy, horrific drug withdrawal and recovery from prescription drugs. Her goal is to shine light on the paths of others undergoing the same ordeal and to help people realize dependence and addiction does not always mean abuse. Addiction holds a negative viewpoint in society without people understanding it or its causes. As with her, there is an ever growing number of accidental addictions from ill-advised professionals who prescribe them.
A former athlete, she enjoys sports and various fitness activities. Pj relishes any chance to get into nature through hiking or biking and revels in landscape works mixed with gardening. Her love of flowers would have her place a vase of flowers in each household room if possible. She loves to travel and take in new surroundings and cultures in search of local hangouts off the beaten path. Her weakness-chocolate and animals.