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"Very very good book-Hard to put down once I started reading it. It's also sad to hear what the family & the addict goes through. Very well written."
-Kimberly Sinkovic, as posted on iTUNES, 03/23/2012

About the Author

The author lives in Palm Springs, Ca. This is her third published work, a memoir, born out of the struggles raising her addicted daughter.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449566006
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449566005
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,123,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ms. Minnich, currently residing in Palm Desert, Ca., is an accomplished, professional, published author who covers wide-ranging subjects, including interior design, poetry, and addiction. She has a Masters Degree in Interior Design in Sustainable Design.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lois J. Manis on October 4, 2009
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A professional in the mental health and addiction fields is often at a loss when their own family members are affected. That was how I was feeling until one night I searched the word "methadone" on my kindle and Marie Minnick's story magically appeared. For most co-dependents dealing with alcohol and pot is straight forward, different than prescription or narcotic drug abuse which can be elusive to the non-user or justified by pain. It is obvious when the alcoholic hits bottom and it can be somewhat precictable. The bottom for narcotic addicts is elusive. They hate the lifestyle yet the call to relieve their psychological pain appears stronger than any other chemical or withholding of love. Ms Minnick's book speaks to the drug crisis our country is in. I, also, agree with her points on the need for mental health agencies, criminal justice systems, and health professionals to collaborate, educate, and work together. This is a community problem that is destroying our families. Providing encouragements or some of life's essentials does not make one an enabler as many want to label us. I THANK Marie for helping me sort out the difference in doing what I can and to identify myself as a "co-dependent with boundaries." If you also feel at a loss when dealing with your addicted loved ones then you must read this book for your own sanity.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Denise A. Cullen on June 2, 2010
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My son struggled with the ILLNESS of addiction for over 12 years. He overdosed in August of 2008 at age 27. Just when we thought he might be on the road to recovery, getting medical help, not just "snap out of it" or "working the steps". While 12 step programs can help many people, they do nothing, and at worst make things harder for the severely addicted.

My son told me that sitting in those meetings (often rehab or court ordered) just made him anxious, couldn't wait to get out to go use. Listening to the stories of the good ol' days, although usually ending with "I'm happy to be sober" did NOT help him. My son was in and out of 9 rehabs from the age of 15. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and actually worked with addicts because my field of expertise was HIV/AIDS and many of our patients were IV drug users. Not that Jeff started that way. It's a choice, yes, to try, to experiment, which most teenagers do, but if you are predisposed to addiction (proven medical fact), your brain becomes hijacked and you are no longer in control. It's like air or food. You will do whatever you have to to get it. It changes you.

Marie explained this, along with the history of her family dynamics (which helped me understand her daughter better), "admitted" all her failings as a "codependent" and "enabler". I wonder if the person who hated this book would consider it "enabling" to continue to take her child in for cancer treatment when the child kept relapsing. How about diabetes? Don't comply with doctor's orders? Ok, you're out, no more treatment for you.....This is absurd.

This illness is destroying so many families. I have found that many of these "kids" no matter their age are "too tender for this world" They have that in common.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TX Mom on July 4, 2010
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This should be required reading for every person who is struggling with or has struggled with addiction, lived, loved, or been a caregiver to, or lost a loved one to disease of addiction!

I, too, lost my precious son to an overdose. Our children's stories are different, yet alike. Marie's daughter and she were on the roller-coaster of addiction for years and suffered the additional horrors that involvement with the criminal justice system, treatment facilities, and society thrusts upon those suffering the DISEASE of ADDICTION and the stigmatization of not only the addicts, but, on those who love them most. My son struggled with depression from childhood and during his teens began drinking and dabbling with drugs. We were on the same emotional roller-coaster with our son for almost 3 years while he drank, smoked pot, and did a few pills. We tried everything as Marie did from tough love, to psychologists, to rehabs, to psychiatrists. I finally when I think he was 17 told my boy that I would do anything to help him graduate from high school, but if he went off to college and partied, flunked out, and wasted our hard earned money, he was out of the house until he grew up. Being a truly smart guy, he pre-enlisted in the military and left for boot camp in August at the age of 18. The time in the military curtailed his usage and demanded the discipline he wouldn't accept from us. Four years later, after being honorably discharged, he started college, but when he began having problems with his girlfriend which led to depression which led to self-medicating and from drinking and smoking to using anything and everything. We lived 1600 miles away, but knew he was in serious trouble.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Denise on January 1, 2010
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I am about to purchase this book to read on my Kindle - I already know it is something I will benefit from, as the mother of a 20 yr old pregnant addict who is currently in jail... Once beyond the "self help" books, once past the "just say no" stages, reading real life experiences are vital. I know well this must have been a painful story for Marie Minnich to write, and I am so thankful that she did.

There are support groups for parents with children who are terminally ill with cancer, or who have mental illness. Parents of addicts often begin their journey very isolated and ashamed... it's not exactly something easily discussed around the water cooler at work - sadly, we are not alone. There is a wonderful blogging group of parents dealing with this. Google "Mom vs Heroin." Thank you Marie.

~ Athena
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