Who is Mary/Pumpkin and why should you care? 

Mary/Pumpkin, is one person with two different personalities, who suffers with the challenges of a co-occurring disorders of depression, and addiction, who happens to be suicidal. YET, that is not her story. Mary/Pumpkin, represents hope and survival to those who maybe lost and to those who do not understand co-occurring disorders… that no matter what challenges a person may endure NEVER GIVE UP! Recovery is possible.

















Author M/R Johnson, is someone who can identify with the struggles and triumphs of co-occurring disorders after the crack-cocaine, pcp epidemic in her native city Washington, DC.


In her book Memoirs Of An Addict: Fact or Fiction, her story in regards to  those who  say they are normal and do not share  or have empathy or apathy and or sympathy to the stigma of addictions and mental health disorders.

 In her new book Mary/Pumpkin Recovery Girl,  a creative activity book is becoming a bestseller and already has been utilized by the  Washington, DC Office of Government Operations,  DC National Guard  as a educational workshop for the  summer youth program.


   National Recovery Month

Every September, SAMHSA,  – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover.

 The annual theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities.

Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover. Visit the SAMHSA website here  to learn more.



Author M/R Johnson books have been written with a NEW innovative and integrative approach to learning co-occurring disorders, that have been created from personal, professional and a educational perspective. Written  as  a supportive tool for education, awareness, intervention and prevention by utilizing the book’s protagonist and antagonist character Mary/Pumpkin as the focus change agent of hope,  thus taking the pressure off  those who may facilitate recovery behavioral health groups and are looking for creative ideas for today clients.

It is time to educate and advocate for change together.


Special thank you.

Thank you  Director Mr Preston and  the Staff from the Washington, DC Office of Government Operations for DC National Guard affording me the opportunity to present my story of hope and sharing my book Mary/Pumpkin Recovery Girl  to the DC Summer Youth


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