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I Am Your Disease: The Many Faces of Addiction

4.7 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1598006995
ISBN-10: 1598006991
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I Am Your Disease (The Many Faces of Addiction) is a must-read for any young person even thinking about experimenting with drugs. The book details the devastating effects that drug use has on the lives of people who have lost a child to the disease of addiction. It shows you how ugly drugs are and how they cut your life short. Drugs are not cool. They take over your life and have absolute control over you. You are powerless to do anything other than what the drug demands! Read the book. The life you save may be your own!

Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (October 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598006991
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598006995
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #542,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Sheryl Letzgus McGinnis has written 4 books on drugs and addiction. Her children's book "The Addiction Monster and the Square Cat" is often on Amazon's Best Sellers List in the Drugs category. Barbara Eden ("I Dream of Jeannie" fame) sent her a hand-written note saying how wonderful the book is and that it should be in everyone's home. Sheryl also writes Romance and has two E-books published by Topaz Publishing with another one due soon - "The Purrfect Romance." She's an Australian-American who'd love to sell enough books to pay for a ticket back to her homeland of Australia. :-)

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I Am Your Disease is a book structured as a series of vignettes, yet, with a twist. Each story is was authored by the loved one(s) of a person who died of a drug overdose. Some of the pieces are longer than others, but almost inevitably, the resounding common thread was that of the parents left stunned saying, "I never thought it would/could happen to my child".

Most of the children featured were of above average intelligence, very creative and particularly sensitive. And most had above average good-looks. They were raised by committed, loving parents, some highly educated. How could this possibly be a recipe for an early demise due to drug abuse?

Actually, there does not seem to be a pattern. What is so terrifying is that there seems to be no social class, background, or educational deficiencies that could explain or predict who becomes addicted. Sometimes early intervention may have prevented the spiral toward progressively harmful drugs, but other times it seemed to make little difference.

What is presented in I Am Your Disease are the facts and perceptions of the families most affected by drug abuse and the hideous aftermath of life after losing a child to addiction. It is a must read for every parent.

Eventually your child will be confronted with an opportunity to participate in drug abuse. How they are prepared for these confrontations can be a life or death decision. As a parent, I for one want to ensure that my child is as well prepared to go onto the battlefield of peer pressure as well equipped as I can possibly prepare him. Don't you want your child prepared? Read the book and discuss it with your children. If they are old enough, give it to them to read for themselves after you've completed it. Give out kids a fighting chance for survival.
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This book is powerful and eye-opening. Truly, it is a "must have" for ANYONE who might EVER come into contact with a drug-addicted individual or their distraught families. That would include EVERY parent, EVERY doctor, EVERY minister, EVERY counselor, EVERY teacher, EVERY nurse, EVERY school nurse, and EVERY police officer, etc.

As one of the grieving moms who contributed my story to this book, I honestly feel that it should also be REQUIRED READING for every 5th or 6th grade student in our country, as well as world-wide.

But, it should also be REQUIRED reading for every police officer, teacher, counselor, doctor, nurse and minister, for these are the people most likely to form the "first line of defense" against addictive illnesses. For they are the ones most likely to see addictive illnesses when they are just beginning. And, with the incredible insight gained from reading this book, they just might be able to intervene before the lure of drugs to a young person becomes deadly.

If it were within my means, I would personally buy & donate a copy of this book to every parent in this country, which should include many people who, besides being parents, work in fields that deal with our young people. If I were to win the lottery tomorrow, that is what I would do with my winnings, for I feel that this book is THAT important.

Sherry's compilation of stories really highlights how universal our epidemic of drug addiction has become - it crosses ALL boundaries and NO ONE is "immune" to it. Unfortunately, until it hits our own family, that is what we all think. WRONG! Read the book and you will see.

I LOVE the way this book begins - "Could this be YOUR child?" No! No way! That is EXACTLY what all of us had thought!
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Terrorism, youth violence, and warfare are frequently in the headlines. Concerns are raised over and over again about youth killing youth and a myriad of other issues that confront our society daily. What I found poignant about the book, I Am Your Disease: The Many Faces of Addiction, is that it describes, from the perspective of a parent, the horrific nature of drug addiction in America.

Through their eyes you connect with the pain, anguish and bewilderment they confront, asking themselves what they could have done to prevent this from happening to their child. However, if you quickly step back you realize that while each specific instance is the result of a particular set of circumstances, drug addiction has become a vast silent killer, in many ways inflicting a more devastating impact than any terrorist group could have on our society. In fact, it is unusual to find a friend, family member, or loved one who is not aware of at least one individual who is suffering from substance abuse.

It is because of the way in which each parent describes her child that the reader quickly realizes that no parent can guarantee that they will not have a similar experience. The children come from all social and ethnic backgrounds, all upbringings and environments. Some were scholars and others athletes - all offering no discernable evidence that they were drug users - but yet, they were.

What will it take for America to wake up and sound the alarm about the devastating nature and dire consequences of drug addiction, to our families, communities and country? I found it difficult to read the book without stopping to think about my children, and what it is that I can do to raise the public awareness and recognition of this significant problem.
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