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Don't Let Your Kids Kill You: A Guide for Parents of Drug and Alcohol Addicted Children Paperback – August 1, 2007
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"A radical and compassionate self-help guide for parents whose children are addicted to drugs or alcohol." -- Good Housekeeping Magazine
"A book of great merit." -- Donna Hanover, ABC/TV, New York
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Over the course of five years our sons have become progressively more addicted (primarily to marijuana...all day, every day) and abusive to me and my husband. It started with never doing homework, then skipping school...dropping out...a few visits to the emergency room...minor skuffles with the law and, for the older son, a 3 month jail sentence.
We are typical hard working, present and anxious parents and it took us a few years (and this book) to accept that our sons had lost their concern for our feelings and well being. The abuse began with them stealing from us..then, while we were at work, they would gather with their drug addicted friends all day in our home and generally destroy our house and our peace of mind...they lied without compunction and successfully manipulated us into doing what they wanted.
We responded with counselling, lectures, assistance, enrolling them in differenct schools, finding them jobs, chauffering them all over town and generally waiting for them to change...come to their senses.
They did not change and we were wrong. We had become prisoners in our own home and we didn't know how to escape.
This book helped us regain our lives. Upon reading this book we discovered that other parents had gone through the EXACT same misery we were suffering. We learned from this book that we had to get rid of our expectations...and to deal with the reality. Our boys were addicts. No amount of encouragement, love, lecturing or pleading was going to change that...and we had to stop the abuse.Read more ›
I also realize now that it might never happen. He might die an addict or from the consquences of his choices, but I will no longer allow my son's addiction to kill me as well.
This book describes vividly the nightmare a parent faces when one of their beloved children becomes addicted to drugs/alcohol and the horrible effects it has on the family, your marriage, your health, etc. It can open your eyes to the danger that you, the parent, face from the stress of living with and/or dealing with a child who has turned into a lying, selfish, manipulative addict (monster).
My son has had a serious drug problem for seven long years. We have put him in seven different rehabs, counseling, you name it, but nothing has worked. Now he and he alone must face the consquences of his decisions. His drug problem is now his and his alone.
This book helped me to see the truth. Although I will always love my child, I refuse to suffer from his choices. I'm taking back my life. I have to and so do you.
Hurting parent, read this book.
We need more books by healthy, non-addict parents to guide us through this horrendous journey, which in truth is a "living death" of our loved one. Sometimes I think that if my child had reached a bottom and that was death, at least I could find some peace, even if I lived with sadness. As it is there is no real peace and lots of sadness each day, each moment, each second.... Very good resource for me that helped me accept the necessity and wisdom of my actions and reactions to my addict daughter, no matter how gut wrenching and contradictory they seem to me as her parent, to carry out.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ok, those seeking to see if this book will help, first of all, there are way more positive reviews than there are negative, obviously some who read it and posted the negative... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Cynthia Welty
As a mother struggling to come to terms with my adult son's addiction to alcohol, this book was an amazing tool. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Love this book. Finally something besides restating the same 12 step program. I also love that it doesn't just keep telling you to look to a higher power. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
I would recommend this book to any mother or father who has a child addicted to drugs or alcohol. There are so many times I directly connected with what the author had written. Read morePublished 12 days ago by WildFlower
This book literally saved my sanity. For anyone who has a child that is caught up in the insane world of substance abuse, this book should be required reading. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Char C.
Superb. This book and it's level headed direct approach opened my eyes. Any parent struggling with a child who they believe has issues with substance abuse should read this book... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Shadow