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Addict Behind Our Bedroom Door

A Mother's Journey Through Her Child's Addiction: Love, Fear, Struggle and Hope

Author: D. L. Wilson

Publisher: Newmark Press

ISBN: 9780976524120

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 190

View: 7566

A rare glimpse into a parent's worst nightmare. How do you help an addicted child? Drug abuse, heroin addiction and the opioid epidemic are rampant. Is one of your kids on drugs? If so you face many challenges dealing with teen drug use. Trying to help the user, keep your family and relationships intact and maintain your own sanity and life, will test you like nothing else. When you are swept up in the cyclone of a child's addiction, it is chaos. It is difficult to get a true perspective of what is happening around you so that you make the best decisions. This book will help you understand what is happening. 'Addict Behind Our Bedroom Door' chronicles the years D. L. and her husband spent struggling with the ravages of their daughter's mental illness and addiction. It is an honest, raw, unpolished look at what it is like to be in the storm of addiction with someone you love. D.L's journey is a testimony to the strength of a mother's love. It speaks to endurance and resiliency in the face of overwhelming despair and terror when a child is suffering from drug addiction. This is a story about setting boundaries for self-preservation. It gives permission to ask for help and removes the shame of parenting an addicted child. It is about letting go of guilt while simultaneously holding onto the wish that one day; the addict will get well. This story is about never giving up hope in the face of despair. It is about the promise that love can overcome the horror of addiction and loss. Locking the bedroom door at night did not keep the addiction out. It was always present, intruding and threatening the safety and security of their home. D.L's journey is a testimony to the strength of a mother's love. It is resiliency in the face of despair and fear. It is about setting boundaries while working tirelessly to overcome obstacles and hardship that sit in the way of a child's recovery. It is about never giving up or letting go of the promise to love and hope for healing.

Thin Wire

A Mother's Journey Through Her Daughter's Heroin Addiction

Author: Christine Lewry

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1780882955


Page: 329

View: 7414

Thin Wire: A Mother’s Journey Through her Daughter’s Heroin Addiction is an honest and intimate account of heroin addiction told by both mother and daughter. Amber is introduced to drugs and becomes addicted without her mother’s knowledge. She meets a dealer who feeds her habit. Whilst living together, they are raided by the police. Bailed to her mother’s address with a £200-a-day addiction, Amber doesn’t think her family will accept her back when they discover the truth. When she’s charged by the police with dealing class A drugs and accepting stolen goods, she fears she’ll go to prison. Trying to feed her habit alone, Amber meets a fellow addict who offers to introduce her to prostitution. The prospect terrifies her, but will her mother help her?An unflinching story that looks at drug addiction from two different sides, Thin Wire will appeal to a diverse range of readers, in particular fans of autobiographies and memoirs, and is remiscent of Melvin Burgess’ Junk. The book’s concluding section offers two sets of personal guidelines; one for addicts, the other for parents or partners of addicts, while the in-depth, harrowing real life story vividly illustrates the difficulties of overcoming addiction. In a society where 50% of teenagers experiment with drugs, Amber is every mother’s child. She could be yours.

The Strength to Let Go

A Mother's Journey Through Her Son's Addiction

Author: Jo Henry

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1491761482

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: N.A

View: 7980

As I stood in the sunroom looking out the window, I thought I caught some movement in our backyard. I walked out onto the slate patio and peered into the dimly lit shrubbery when suddenly a figure dressed in black from head to toe emerged pointing a gun—at me! I immediately jerked both hands above my head. “Don’t shoot! Please don’t shoot,” I croaked. I could hear my own heart pounding in my ears. Our son, Mike had come through the front door just minutes before. I had a million questions only he could answer. How had it all come to this? Never in my wildest dreams—or nightmares—could I have imagined a SWAT team in my backyard. But I hadn’t imagined our son could become addicted to drugs either. Even though I was a trained counselor, I hadn’t seen disaster coming under our own roof. As we stumbled through the hell that surrounds addiction, my maternal instincts were driving me harder and harder to save Mike. I was consumed with fear as my well intentioned efforts were enabling his addiction and prolonging the inevitable. How could I find the strength to let go? Who will help Mike now? Will he find a special angel from his past to lead him out of this darkness? Will he win the battle to survive? Take a journey so real you will feel the pain and the joy of every twist and turn in the road to recovery. “If you, or someone you care for, is struggling with drugs or alcohol, Jo’s willingness to share her experience is both a blessing and a gift. I encourage you to take The Strength To Let Go home, find a quiet place to read uninterrupted, and open this gift.” John V. G. Mayton, retired program administrator of the DART facility, Goldsboro, NC, certified alcohol and drug counselor (CADC), and certified substance abuse counselor (CSAC).

If You Love Me

A Mother's Journey Through Her Daughter's Opioid Addiction

Author: Maureen Cavanagh

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 1250297354

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 9611

Maureen Cavanagh’s gripping memoir If You Love Me is the story of a mother who suddenly finds herself on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic as her daughter battles—and ultimately reckons with—substance use disorder. Fast-paced and heartwarming, devastating and redemptive, Maureen’s incredible odyssey into the opioid crisis—first as a parent, then as an advocate—is ultimately a deeply moving mother-daughter story. When Maureen and her ex-husband Mike see their daughter Katie’s needle track marks for the first time, it is a complete shock. But, slowly, the drug use explains everything—Katie’s constant exhaustion, erratic moods, and all those spoons that have gone missing from the house. Once Mike and Maureen get Katie into detox, Maureen goes to sleep that night hoping that in 48 hours she’ll have her daughter back. It’s not that simple. Like the millions of parents and relatives all over the country—some of whom she has helped through her nonprofit organization—Maureen learns that recovery is neither straightforward nor brief. She fights to save Katie’s life, breaking down doors on the seedy side of town with Mike, kidnapping Katie outside a convenience store, and battling the taboo around substance use disorder in her picturesque New England town. Maureen is launched into the shadowy world of overcrowded, for-profit rehabilitation centers that often prey on worried parents. As Katie runs away from one program after another, never outrunning her pain, Maureen realizes that even while she becomes an expert on getting countless men and women into detox and treatment centers, she remains powerless to save her own daughter. Maureen's unforgettable story brings the opioid crisis out of the shadows and into the house next door.

Parallel Worlds

A Mother’s Journey through a Son’s Addiction

Author: Kathleen Arch

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1491759410

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: N.A

View: 1318

Addiction is a disease. It is a cancer that grows like a tumor within our loved ones: a tumor that cannot be removed. Addiction has no cure—but addiction, like many other diseases, can be treated successfully. And like many other diseases, if left untreated, it can be fatal. In Parallel Worlds, author Kathleen Arch narrates frank revelations and observations of her experiences living with her son’s addiction. Offering personal insight into the world of addiction and how it affects families and loved ones, Arch discusses how she has tried to help her son and how she deals with her personal pain. In addition, Arch includes stories from other families, which depict their loss, their pain, and their struggles and hopes. The stronger the pull, the stranger the world, the deeper the abyss —Arch

Blinded by Hope

One Mother’s Journey Through Her Son’s Bipolar Illness and Addiction

Author: Meg McGuire

Publisher: She Writes Press

ISBN: 1631521268

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 1849

One day a teenage boy gets on his bike and rides forty miles up California’s Pacific Coast Highway to avoid causing an earthquake he fears will endanger his mother and sister. But the quake he is experiencing is not coming from beneath the earth; it’s the onset of bipolar illness. Blinded by Hope describes what it’s like to have an unusually bright, creative child—and then to have that child suddenly be hit with an illness that defies description and cure. Over the years, McGuire attributes her son’s lost jobs, broken relationships, legal troubles, and periodic hospitalizations to the manic phase of his illness, denying the severity of his growing drug use—but ultimately, she has to face her own addiction to rescuing him, and to forge a path for herself toward acceptance, resilience, and love. A wakeup call about the epidemic of mental illness, substance abuse, and mass incarceration in our society, Blinded by Hope shines a light on the shadow of family dynamics that shame, ignorance, and stigma rarely let the public see, and asks the question: How does a mother cope when love is not enough?

The Weight of a Feather

A Mother’s Journey Through the Opiates Addiction Crisis

Author: Lynda Hacker Araoz

Publisher: Morgan James Publishing

ISBN: 168350920X

Category: Self-Help

Page: N.A

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The Weight of a Feather chronicles the relationship between a mother and her son on his journey into the dark world of addiction to his final recovery years later. Lynda Araoz is ruthlessly candid about the deception, betrayal, and violence inherent in the world of addiction, as well as the pitfalls and potholes on the pathway to recovery. However, she balances out the weight of her family’s struggles with lighter moments of connection to the son she once knew and the absurdities they encounter along the path to recovery. Above all, The Weight of a Feather is a testimony to the enduring strength of relationship. It brings comfort and hope to others who are going through a similar ordeal and provides insight for those who wonder why recovery seems to be so elusive. Lynda urges a fresh look at the world of addiction and a new model for its treatment in light of its impact on families across the country.

How One Parent Engaged Addiction

A Mother's Healing Journey Through Her Son's Addiction

Author: Deni B. Sher

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781491708552

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 316

View: 9771

DENI WROTE. HER SON PAINTED. BOTH vented their pain. BOTH HEALED. "Deni's book has such emotion and truth, and should be read by everyone who has an addicted family member. Not everyone is capable of so honestly sharing the path she traveled to reach her goals." -- ANNE SALTER, LCSW, Family Addiction Specialist Author of FAMILY STEW: OUR RELATIONSHIP LEGACY If you are the parent or a loved one of an addict or an alcoholic, How One Parent Engaged Addiction could change your life. On the day author Deni Boehm Sher applied tough love on her alcohol and drug addicted son, she cried out to her Higher Power, asking: "How does a mother turn her back on her son, when her son is lying in the gutter? How does a mother turn her back on her son, when she knows he truly has no other?" How One Parent Engaged Addiction is Sher's journey through her worst fears, to her enlightenment. Like many parents of addicts, she was afraid that her child might die without her enabling to support him. Deni began by thinking that only her son needed to recover, but in the process, realized that she needed to recover, as well. Sher bravely shares her healing journey, so that other families can also find the hope, strength, and courage required to understand their family-of-origin histories and to heal their lives. She came to terms with what led her to be a codependent enabler with her son. In How One Parent Engaged Addiction, Sher shares how she was able to move on with her life's journey despite her son's crippling addiction, to where eventually both found healing.

The Single Mother's Journey To Wholeness

Hope And Help For Single Moms

Author: Nicole Elizabeth Biggs

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595339166

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 98

View: 1424

Nicole Biggsżs book, The Single Motherżs Journey to Wholeness, brings compassion, insight, and knowledge to the many trials and potential triumphs on the single motherżs journey.

Over the Falls

A Mother's Story of Navigating Addiction & the Teenage Years

Author: Elizabeth Anthony

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 151276549X

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 128

View: 1498

Over the Falls is the portrayal of one mothers difficult & courageous fight against her daughters drug addiction. Love is what unifies us with each other, and perhaps the most profound expression of this union is the connection of mother and child. This story of love, faith, and perseverance will touch the heart of anyone who has had to cope with a loved one struggling with addiction and help you understand and know how to pray for young people fighting to overcome addiction, and their families.

Tending Dandelions

Honest Meditations for Mothers with Addicted Children

Author: Sandra Swenson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1616497211

Category: Self-Help

Page: 200

View: 8909

Mothers of addicted and alcoholic children share a deep connection—one that is rarely understood by anyone who hasn’t experienced a similar path. Sharing our perspectives helps us all grow stronger, together. “We all need to take a closer look at the things we’ve avoided—the things lurking around in this place where love and addiction meet—so we’re as strong as we can be.” —Sandra Swenson, author of Tending Dandelions In the shadows of our child’s struggles with addiction, we find ourselves tending to a life for which we weren’t prepared. These meditations continue the tradition of Hazelden’s beloved meditation books by providing moments of recognition, confession, and healing for those who are realizing that recovery rarely follows a neat or comfortable path. Along the way, we plant beautiful roses only to be injured by their thorns, and we pull up unwanted dandelions that, at times, are our only source of wishes. By sharing the realities we never expected our families to face, mothers of addicted children support each other through experiences that can only be feared and imagined by others. From our shared struggles emerge opportunities for personal growth. Tending Dandelions is a vital source of wisdom, support, and strength that helps us begin our own journey of recovery.

Life Stories: A Guide to Reading Interests in Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Diaries

Author: Maureen O'Connor

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1610691466

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 723

View: 5122

Memoirs, autobiographies, and diaries represent the most personal and most intimate of genres, as well as one of the most abundant and popular. Gain new understanding and better serve your readers with this detailed genre guide to nearly 700 titles that also includes notes on more than 2,800 read-alike and other related titles. • A list of subjects and suggested "read-alikes" accompany each title • Appendixes cover awards, websites, and resources • Detailed indexes provide further points of access

Not My Daughter

A True Story of a Mother's Journey Through Her Daughter's Addiction

Author: Cheryl Petit

Publisher: Publishamerica Incorporated

ISBN: 9781615462582

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 111

View: 4978

For most of us, the word heroin evokes the idea of something evil, something with a life of its own, a hunter of souls bent on destroying lives. It has destroyed mine and my family?s. I believe that heroin hooks those who try it, dooming them to ruin and even death. Those who try heroin have no choice?they become addicted, junkies for life. Heroin use is a junkie's profession. Not my daughter not only tells the heartbreaking, personal story of a mother's experiences with her daughter's addiction, but it also exposes the consequences of a loved one's substance addiction and the way the disease works and its impact on families.

The Day the Musick Died

A Mother-Daughter Addiction Journey of Suffering, Loss and a Ray of Hope

Author: Cheryl Musick

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781540856432


Page: 226

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As a mother, Cheryl E. Musick would have done anything for her daughter. But when a devastating addiction wreaks havoc on her family, she realizes that sometimes a mother's love simply isn't enough. In The Day the Musick Died, Cheryl shares the story of her bubbly, talented daughter Misty and the drug addiction that eventually took her life. As Cheryl writes in her introduction, she hoped one day to write a book with Misty about triumphing over addiction. Tragically, that book will never exist. Instead, Cheryl pours her love for her daughter into this memoir and lets you see Misty the way Cheryl did. Misty may not be the coauthor of this narrative, but her presence is felt on every page. Cheryl's hopes for her daughter did not come to pass, but she continues to have hope for the thousands of people out there struggling with addiction. She is adamant that no one-neither addicts nor their loved ones-should ever give up fighting for sobriety and reconciliation. She wants Misty's story to be a message of optimism, a source of strength and inspiration for all those who have lost their way.

Singt, ihr Lebenden und ihr Toten, singt

Author: Jesmyn Ward

Publisher: Antje Kunstmann

ISBN: 3956142284

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

View: 8662

Jojo und seine kleine Schwester Kayla leben bei ihren Großeltern Mam and Pop an der Golfküste von Mississippi. Leonie, ihre Mutter, kümmert sich kaum um sie. Sie nimmt Drogen und arbeitet in einer Bar. Wenn sie high ist, wird Leonie von Visionen ihres toten Bruders heimgesucht, die sie quälen, aber auch trösten. Mam ist unheilbar an Krebs erkrankt, und der stille und verlässliche Pop versucht, den Haushalt aufrecht zu erhalten und Jojo beizubringen, wie man erwachsen wird. Als der weiße Vater von Leonies Kindern aus dem Gefängnis entlassen wird, packt sie ihre Kinder und eine Freundin ins Auto und fährt zur »Parchment Farm«, dem staatlichen Zuchthaus, um ihn abzuholen. Eine Reise voller Gefahr und Hoffnung. Jesmyn Ward erzählt so berührend wie unsentimental von einer schwarzen Familie in einer von Armut und tief verwurzeltem Rassismus geprägten Gesellschaft. Was bedeuten familiäre Bindungen, wo sind ihre Grenzen? Wie bewahrt man Würde, Liebe und Achtung, wenn man sie nicht erfährt? Singt, ihr Lebenden und ihr Toten, singt ist ein großer Roman, getragen von Wards so besonderer melodischer Sprache, ein zärtliches Familienporträt, eine Geschichte von Hoffnungen und Kämpfen, voller Anspielungen auf das Alte Testament und die Odyssee.

Someone's Son

A Mother's Fight for Her Gay, Drug-Addicted Son

Author: Brenda Rhodes

Publisher: Winepress Publishing

ISBN: 9781606150634

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

View: 5044

Someone’s Son recounts a mother’s journey from pain to hope as she witnessed her son’s struggle with drug addiction, AIDS, and impending death. It is a story of God’s faithfulness and love manifested not just to her but to her dying son.

The Joey Song

A Mother's Story of Her Son's Addiction

Author: Sandra Swenson

Publisher: Central Recovery Press, LLC

ISBN: 1937612716

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 200

View: 3070

The Joey Song illuminates the hard truth—sometimes addicts don’t recover. However, with love and faith, their families can.

Hope Never Lost

A Collection of Five Mothers' Journeys Thru Their Child's Addiction

Author: Karen Lindsay,Jill Fine,Chris Wolf,Sandy B.,Carol P.

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 9781481235112

Category: Self-Help

Page: 172

View: 6469

Substance abuse in young adults has a profound impact on parents and the family structure. For mothers of children with addictions, the journey to recovery can be frequently confusing and persistently heart breaking, yet can also be graced with the abiding hope that only a mother can harbor for their child. Now, five mothers share their deeply personal accounts of their children's addictions in "Hope Never Lost: A Collection of Five Mothers' Journeys thru Their Child's Addiction." Parents who may be concerned about their young adult's behavior; those wishing to learn more on how to cope with addiction; and, most importantly, those living in the midst of it will find a rich resource and source of comfort. "Hope Never Lost" is certain to provide insight, empathy, and vital perspective to any parent facing this extremely trying circumstance. The first five chapters were written by mothers who met through their support group, SOS, with two subsequent chapters by therapists Jill Fine and Chris Wolf. Through each chapter, the book sheds new light on the impact of this disease on the child, the mother's life, and the rest of the family. In each story, the mother shares how she changed and how her child showed signs of change. This more than anything offered these mothers a renewed sense of hope. Compelling, informative, and, above all, rich in hope, this compassionate, clear-eyed perspective on this difficult experience is required reading for any parent struggling with a son's or daughter's addiction.

A Mother's Diary

A Family's Journey from Add to Chemical Addiction

Author: Barbara Mulloy-Robbins

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781425750923

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 172

View: 4094

Most of us have heard about ADD/ADHD, and everyone knows about chemical addiction. But do you know that there is a connection? And that connection can be lethal! My story and completed book, A Mother's Diary, is an objective and subjective account chronicling the lives of my two sons and their struggles with ADD and chemical addiction. Recently much attention has been given to this deadly combination. In August, 1999, Joseph Califano, who heads the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, sent a letter to Ann Landers. It was printed in her column and reads in part, "Please tell your readers about research showing a link between Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and substance abuse. Those children with learning disabilities who fall prey to substance abuse and addiction must receive treatment tailored to deal with BOTH problems. Each delay focusing on this can set them on a tragic and often deadly course." My small book is unique, powerful, and timely. It is intended to touch the hearts of overwhelmed parents who are challenged by their children's genetic blueprint of behavioral disorders and chemical addictions. I don't believe there is another book on this subject written from a mother's point of view. Yes, the literature is out there, but written by clinicians in the language of the scientific and medical community. My story is based on experience. It tells not only of my sons' journey, but also of mine as a fellow traveler linked to them through co-dependency and mother-child bonding. It is a story about dealing with the unimaginable, including the untimely death of two sons, and ultimately, about healing.

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