2017-2018 Book Club: Secret No More

  • She was an accomplished health care administrator, a fundraising executive running a multi-million-dollar campaign for one of Maryland’s leading health care systems. Her husband was a former mayor. They had raised a happily married daughter. From all appearances, life was rich and fulfilling. Except every night she went home to a dark house where her adolescent son huddled in his cave-like bedroom. Routinely, he disappeared at night while she lay awake, staring at the blinking bedside clock, waiting to hear his footfall on the stairs, just to know that he was safe and still alive. A story of discovery, shame, denial, and finally acceptance, Secret No More tells the story of one mother’s ultimate struggle with her son’s addiction and how it taught her a new way to love. 

    The Secret No More book club was offered to AACPS employees, families, and community members in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018. 

About the Author

  • Lisa Hillman Lisa Hillman has been a development professional for more than thirty-five years. A former broadcast journalist, Lisa served as senior vice president and president of the AAMC Foundation for Anne Arundel Medical Center. Currently, she serves as a board member of Pathways and Samaritan House, both programs that serve addicts. Lisa lives in Annapolis, Maryland with her husband and greyhound.

    Visit Lisa's website to learn more.

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Press & Reviews

  • "Brutally honest, and brimming with rich metaphor and valuable take-aways, it is instructive not only for family members (and other collaterals) of addicted persons, but also for the professionals who provide their treatment."--Robert B. Yankowitz, Ph.D.

    "This is a heartfelt story, told in such a vivid, honest, and revealing fashion, that you cannot resist admiring the courage of the Hillman family in sharing it."--Marc A. Whaley, MD

    "If you have a loved one struggling with the disease of addiction, this is a must read for you and your family."--Shirley Knelly, Past President, Pathways Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center

    Annapolis Family's Dark Secret is Now a Book--Capital Gazette Article