Mogil, Cindy R. 1954-
MOGIL, Cindy R. 1954-
PERSONAL: Surname is pronounced like "mogul;" born October 9, 1954, in Montpelier, VT; daughter of Ray C. and Lillian (Clark) Cooley; married Michael Mogil (divorced); children: Lucien Laurendeau. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: Attended Pennsylvania State University, 1980-82; Sherman Chiropractic College, chiropractic assistant degree, 1983; Georgia Medical Institute, certified medical assistant, 1994. Politics: "Nonpartisan." Religion: Methodist. Hobbies and other interests: Racquetball.
ADDRESSES: Home and office—Prescription Anonymous, Inc., 9824 Mahogany Dr., Apt. 310, Gaithersburg, MD 20878. Agent—Thomas Fensch, New Century Literary Agency, P.O. Box 7113, Woodlands, TX 77387-07113. E-mail—[email protected]
CAREER: Emory University Heart Center, Smyrna, GA, assistant manager and certified medical technician, 1993-98; Prescription Anonymous, Inc. (nonprofit support organization), Gaithersburg, MD, president and chief executive officer, 1998—. American Red Cross, health and safety coordinator and instructor, 1993—; Ridgeview Institute, sponsor and facilitator of prescription support group, 1998—; Devereux Treatment Network, program volunteer coordinator, 1999-2000; National Foundation for Women Legislators, policy coordinator, 2002—; National Council of Patient Information and Education, member; legislative lobbyist; consultant to Parents Anonymous; also educator, guest on media programs, and public speaker.
MEMBER: American Heart Association, Georgia Writer's Association.
Swallowing a Bitter Pill: How Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse Is Ruining Lives—My Story, New Horizon Press (Far Hills, NJ), 2001.
Contributor to periodicals, including Reader's Digest, Newsweek, and Self.
WORK IN PROGRESS: Doctor's Orders (working title), on health-care professionals and prescription abuse; research on physician ethics, abuse, fraud, and forgery.
SIDELIGHTS: Cindy R. Mogil told CA: "My primary motivation for writing is changing and healing lives. I wrote a book after I recovered from prescription abuse. Never before has a book been written on this topic by someone who has gone through this addiction to find recovery and choose to help others afflicted with the disease.
"My work is particularly influenced by the passion I have toward making a difference in someone's life. These are people contacting me with their addition, searching for my help through support and guidelines to help them put their lives back in order.
"I was inspired by my disappointment at first, when I was not able to find a book written by a lay person who understood what I was going through. Many people inspired me: my family, friends, recovering prescription addicts, and God. I knew that writing is what I needed to do and should do to make a difference."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Mogil, Cindy R., Swallowing a Bitter Pill: How Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse Is Ruining Lives—My Story, New Horizon Press (Far Hills, NJ), 2001.
Library Journal, March 1, 2002, Natalie Kupferberg, review of Swallowing a Bitter Pill: How Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse Is Ruining Lives—My Story.
Publishers Weekly, October 29, 2001, review of Swallowing a Bitter Pill.
RxAnonymous Web site, http://www.prescriptionanonymous.org/ (March 2, 2004).