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Addict Child

Author: Lesley Sefton
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I wrote a blog which helped to save my daughter's life.Has your life been affected by addiction? Are you questioning if there is hope for recovery?Lesley Sefton's daughter, Laura, is an alcoholic drug abuser. Before addiction, Laura was a professional, beautiful woman. Longing for catharsis, Lesley began to write a blog charting Laura's life. Through layers of laughter and tears their mother and daughter relationship, disrupted by addiction, was explored.'There are times when my daughter is sober, when she is welcomed back in my life, but she drifts back out, taking my broken heart with her.'The feedback from the blog was huge and had an unexpected effect -- it opened Laura's bleary eyes to her condition and the love that surrounded her. It helped stop her spiralling descent and saved her life. When the blog was cut short due to police intervention, Laura urged Lesley to put the story into a book in the hope that it would help others in similar distress.Addict Child charts Laura's path and explores some of the contributing factors such as the role of genetics and the question of whether addiction is a disease or a life choice. It is a tale about fear, deceit and hopelessness, but also about love, grace and gratitude. And most of all, it is a shimmering testament to the restorative power of a mother's love.


Blinded by Hope

Author: Meg McGuire
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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?


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

Author: Maureen O'Connor
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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


Parallel Worlds

Author: Kathleen Arch
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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


The Single Mother s Journey To Wholeness

Author: Nicole Elizabeth Biggs
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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.


Thin Wire

Author: Christine Lewry
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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.


If You Love Me

Author: Maureen Cavanagh
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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.


A Two Spirit Journey

Author: Ma-Nee Chacaby
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A compelling, harrowing, but ultimately uplifting story of resilience and self-discovery. "A Two-Spirit Journey" is Ma-Nee Chacaby’s extraordinary account of her life as an Ojibwa-Cree lesbian. From her early, often harrowing memories of life and abuse in a remote Ojibwa community riven by poverty and alcoholism, Chacaby’s story is one of enduring and ultimately overcoming the social, economic, and health legacies of colonialism. As a child, Chacaby learned spiritual and cultural traditions from her Cree grandmother and trapping, hunting, and bush survival skills from her Ojibwa stepfather. She also suffered physical and sexual abuse by different adults, and in her teen years became alcoholic herself. At twenty, Chacaby moved to Thunder Bay with her children to escape an abusive marriage. Abuse, compounded by racism, continued, but Chacaby found supports to help herself and others. Over the following decades, she achieved sobriety; trained and worked as an alcoholism counsellor; raised her children and fostered many others; learned to live with visual impairment; and came out as a lesbian. In 2013, Chacaby led the first gay pride parade in Thunder Bay. Ma-Nee Chacaby has emerged from hardship grounded in faith, compassion, humour, and resilience. Her memoir provides unprecedented insights into the challenges still faced by many Indigenous people.


The Strength to Let Go

Author: Jo Henry
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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).


How One Parent Engaged Addiction

Author: Deni B. Sher
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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.