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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

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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.

Stay Close

A Mother's Story of Her Son's Addiction

Author: Libby Cataldi

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312538781

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 306

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During his early teens, Jeff Bratton started using drugs. At first, alcohol and pot, but quickly he spiraled into using cocaine, ketamine, crystal meth and eventually heroin. How could this wonderful son, loving brother, and star athlete lose himself to drugs? How could his parents be so clueless? How could his mother, the long-term head of a private school, be so blind? “Stagli vicino”, an Italian recovering addict told the author. “Stay close—never leave him, even when he is most unlovable.” This is not a book about saving a child. It is a book about what it means to stay close to a loved one gripped by addiction. It is about one son who came home and one mother who never gave up hope. Stay Close is one mother’s tough, honest, and intimate tale that chronicles her son’s severe drug addiction, as it corroded all relationships from the inside out. It is a story of deep trauma and deep despair, but also of deep hope—and healing. Here is Libby Cataldi’s story about dealing with addiction without withdrawing love, learning to trust again while remaining attuned to lies, and the cautious triumph of staying clean one day at a time. He told her, “Mom, never quit believing.” And she didn’t.

Thin Wire

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

Author: Christine Lewry

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1780882955


Page: 329

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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: 2090

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).

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: 7430

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

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: 8858

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?

Tending Dandelions

Honest Meditations for Mothers with Addicted Children

Author: Sandra Swenson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1616497211

Category: Self-Help

Page: 200

View: 6515

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.

Mothering Addiction: A Parent's Story of Heartache, Healing, and Keeping the Door Open

Author: Lynda Harrison Hatcher

Publisher: Frontier Press (NY)

ISBN: 9780692908921

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 294

View: 597

No one dreams of raising a drug addict. In Mothering Addiction, Lynda Harrison Hatcher tells the heart-wrenching story of her turbulent journey as the mother of a child who desperately struggled with a heroin addiction-a story of the daily tests, constant trials, and unending tribulations of raising a son whose life has been derailed by drugs. The mothering instinct is to fix, smooth over, repair, cover up, bandage, or, if all else fails, beat the crap out of anything that hurts our children. We think we can control what they eat, what they wear, their school, their friends. Then addiction lumbers in, sniffs the air for signs of weakness, licks its chops, sharpens its claws, and terrorizes us before knocking us flat and ripping our hearts out. Funny, sad, compelling and brave, Hatcher brings perspective and guidance to any parent struggling with a child whose life has been turned upside down.


A Mother's Story (Second Edition)

Author: June Ariano-Jakes

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780986701320

Category: Self-Help

Page: 298

View: 7133

Addiction: A Mother's Story follows the 23 year heroin and cocaine addiction of her deeply loved son through the eyes of his mother. It includes stories of all the various "players" that make up the world of drug use and the dramatic consequences of drug addiction within a family.

Secret No More

A True Story of Hope for Parents with an Addicted Child

Author: Lisa Hillman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781627201407

Category: Self-Help

Page: 282

View: 2031

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.

Someone's Son

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

Author: Brenda Rhodes

Publisher: WinePress Publishing

ISBN: 1606150170

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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Sexual molestation . . . addiction . . . homosexuality . . .HIV/AIDS . . . illness and hospitalization . . . death.Sadly, these markers on life¿s road are familiar ones. Brenda Rhodes knows them well. In Someone¿s Son, Brenda describes how she watched her sensitive, creative son, Ronal Paul, self-destruct as he traveled down this path. She seemed powerless to pull him back to safety. Someone¿s Son is a memoir of personal tragedy, but it¿s more than that. It¿s an account of God¿s faithful love for a prodigal. Beginning with her own history, Rhodes unflinchingly writes of the years she strayed away from God. At the end of her resources, she heard Him urging her to let Him be God in her and her son¿s lives. She did, and she found hope at the end of the road. Someone¿s Son will touch your heart, stir your faith, and awaken your concern for those struggling with addiction and other serious issues. It will leave you with the confidence that when you encounter someone like Ronal Paul, you¿ll realize he or she is not just another drug addict or AIDS patient. She¿s someone¿s daughter¿and he¿s someone¿s son.

How to Grow an Addict

A Novel

Author: J.A. Wright

Publisher: She Writes Press

ISBN: 1631529927

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

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2016 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS - WINNER IN ADDICTION & RECOVERY 2016 NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARDS (NIEA)- WINNER IN ADDICTION & RECOVERY 2016 INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER BOOK AWARDS (IPPY)- BRONZE MEDAL — LITERARY FICTION 2015 FOREWARD REVIEWS INDIEFAB BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS HONORABLE MENTION FOR GENERAL FICTION 2015 USA BEST BOOK AWARDS FINALIST FOR GENERAL FICTION Randall Grange has been tricked into admitting herself into a treatment center and she doesn’t know why. She’s not a party hound like the others in her therapy group—but then again, she knows she can’t live without pills or booze. Raised by an abusive father, a detached mother, and a loving aunt and uncle, Randall both loves and hates her life. She’s awkward and a misfit. Her parents introduced her to alcohol and tranquilizers at a young age, ensuring that her teenage years would be full of bad choices, and by the time she’s twenty-three years old, she’s a full-blown drug addict, well acquainted with the miraculous power chemicals have to cure just about any problem she could possibly have—and she’s in more trouble than she’s ever known was possible.

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: 651

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.

Beautiful Boy

A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction

Author: David Sheff

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547347929

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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#1 New York Times bestseller With a new afterword Now a Major Motion Picture Starring Steve Carell * Timothée Chalamet * Maura Tierney * and Amy Ryan “A brilliant, harrowing, heartbreaking, fascinating story, full of beautiful moments and hard-won wisdom. This book will save a lot of lives and heal a lot of hearts.” — Anne Lamott “‘When one of us tells the truth, he makes it easier for all of us to open our hearts to our own pain and that of others.’ That’s ultimately what Beautiful Boy is about: truth and healing.” — Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted David Sheff’s journey through his son Nic’s addiction to drugs and tentative steps toward recovery. Before Nic became addicted to crystal meth, he was a charming boy, joyous and funny, a varsity athlete and honor student adored by his two younger siblings. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole, and lived on the streets. David Sheff traces the first warning signs: the denial, the three a.m. phone calls—is it Nic? the police? the hospital? His preoccupation with Nic became an addiction in itself. But as a journalist, he instinctively researched every treatment that might save his son. And he refused to give up on Nic. “Filled with compelling anecdotes and important insights . . . An eye-opening memoir.” — Washington Post

Come Back

A Mother and Daughter's Journey Through Hell and Back

Author: Claire Fontaine,Mia Fontaine

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061979686

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 5876

The unflinching true account of a teenage girl's descent into society's underbelly -- and her mother's desperate and ultimately successful attempts to bring her back. How does an honor student at one of Los Angeles's finest prep schools -- a bright, beautiful girl from a loving home -- trade school uniforms and afternoons at the beach for shooting up in the back of a van in rural Indiana? How does her devoted mother emerge from the shock of finding that her daughter has not only disappeared but had been living a secret life for more than a year? Mother and daughter tell their parallel stories in mesmerizing first-person accounts. Claire Fontaine's story is a parent's worst nightmare, a cautionary tale chronicling her daughter Mia's drug-fueled manipulation of everyone around her as she sought refuge in the seedy underworld of criminals and heroin addicts, the painful childhood secrets that led up to it, and the healing that followed. Her search for Mia was brutal for both mother and daughter, a dizzying series of dead ends, incredible coincidences and, at times, miracles. Ultimately, Mia was forced into harsh-but-loving boot camp schools on two continents while Claire entered a painful but life-changing program of her own. Mia's story includes the jarring culture shock of the extreme and controversial behavior modification school she was in for nearly two years, which helped her overcome depression and self-hatred to emerge a powerful young woman with self-esteem and courage. An unforgettable story of love and transformation, Come Back is a heart-wrenching and humorous portrayal of the primal bond between mother and daughter that will resonate with women everywhere.

West of Then

A Mother, a Daughter, and a Journey Past Paradise

Author: Tara Bray Smith

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781416587422

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 4998

A dazzling, devastating memoir about one woman's search for her wayward mother, whose past is inextricably linked with the bittersweet history of their home, Hawaii. At the center of West of Then is Karen Morgan -- island flower, fifth generation haole (white) Hawaiian, Mayflower descendant -- now living on the streets of downtown Honolulu. Despite her recklessness, Karen inspires fierce loyalty and love in her three daughters. When she goes missing in the spring of 2002, Tara, the eldest, sets out to find and hopefully save her mother. Her journey explores what you give up when you try to renounce your past, whether personal, familial, or historical, and what you gain when you confront it. A tender story that lays bare the anguish, candor, and humor of growing up a half-step off the beat, West of Then is a striking literary debut from a perceptive and original writer. By turns tough and touching, Smith's modern detective story unravels the rich history of the fiftieth state and the realities of contemporary Hawaii -- its sizable homeless population, its drug subculture -- as well as its generous, diverse humanity and astonishing beauty. In this land of so many ghosts, the author's search for her mother becomes a reckoning with herself, her family, and with the meaning of home.

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.

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: 5540

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

Saving Jake

When Addiction Hits Home

Author: D'Anne Burwell

Publisher: Focusup Books

ISBN: 9780996254304


Page: 314

View: 5393

D'Anne Burwell's smart, athletic son-raised in a loving and prosperous home-begins abusing OxyContin as a teenager, and within a year drops out of college, walks out of rehab, and lands homeless on the streets of Boulder. Struggling with fear, guilt, and a desperate need to protect her son, D'Anne grapples with her husband's anger and her daughter's depression as the family disease of addiction impacts them all. She discovers the terrifying links between prescription-drug abuse and skyrocketing heroin use. And she comes to understand that to save her child she must step back and allow him to fight for his own soul. SAVING JAKE gives voice to the devastation shared by the families of addicts, and provides vital hope. Above all, it is a powerful personal story of love and redemption.

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