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Thin Wire: A mother's journey through her daughter's heroin addiction [Kindle Edition]

Christine Lewry
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Thin Wire 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 sides. 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.

Editorial Reviews


'The heart-stopping twists and turns make it read like a novel and I simply couldn't put it down. This book isn't just for parents of children with drug problems; this is for every parent who has ever had to deal with a child's problem.' -- Eve White

'A rollercoaster of a book which was, quite simply, impossible to put down. Every mother and daughter should read this intelligent and heart-warming tome. It throws up questions we should all ask ourselves - and shows how the power of love can heal even the most desperate of situations. I warmly recommend this beautifully written story.' -- Amanda Cable Daily Mail

'Brave and brutally honest' -- Vita magazine

About the Author

Christine Lewry lives in Hampshire with her husband and two youngest children. She worked in the defence industry as a finance director for twenty years before leaving to write full-time. Thin Wire is her first book.

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  • File Size: 706 KB
  • Print Length: 345 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008H76SKE
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating if you've ever dealt with addiction March 11, 2013
By Mia
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It's probably harsh, but having dealt with addicts in my own life, the reaction of the family was extremely disappointing. Instead of trying to find help (or even educating themselves) the family gives the daughter an ultimatum -- stop using or live somewhere else -- which doesn't work. Shock!

I know that it's hard to know what to do and everyone wants to help their children, but this family just seemed in shambles... they kept letting their daughter back in the family home (with other children) on vague promises. Not that the daughter didn't WANT to be clean, but heroin is not like quitting cigarettes. You can't just say "no" and hold out for a few days and then everything is okay. Lewry seemed to never learn that lesson, even while taking her daughter to various hotels and vacation spots to detox and 'clean up' -- which never solves the problem. And yet the parents never seemed to learn. This cycle is repeated multiple times and Lewry admits to giving her daughter valium and other prescription drugs to help her kick heroin (again, it doesn't work like that).

It seems like this family was just hoping Amber would go away (totally understandable if you've had an addict in your home) and looked the other way while she was dealing drugs with her boyfriend and didn't want to face reality, even when Amber is arrested. Instead of allowing her to be punished (and possibly get clean) they bail her out yet again and bring her home - to lie, cheat, and steal from her family AGAIN. Like I said, I understand how hard it is to help an addict, but this family never seemed to do any of the "basics" like asking for medical help or going to AA/NA/Al Anon, etc.

All in all, this book is a helpful WHAT NOT TO DO if you find out your child is using drugs. DON'T be passive.
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unrealistic February 10, 2013
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I'm very close to someone who has struggled with heroin addiction for 10 years, so I speak from experience. I don't understand all the fabulous reviews of this book. Characters are undeveloped and dialogue over-simplified. When Amber, the addict, gets released from jail for the first time, a detective brings her home and tells her mother,"We're going to drop Amber off to pick up her car, if that's okay with you. I'm sure she'll come straight home." Wha...??? She comes home high, of course. Mom proceeds to tell her she can't live at home if she's using, it has to stop, etc. Then, around 40% into the book, Amber tells her mom, "I can't manage a whole day on my own without something." Without missing a beat, Mom replies, "Okay, I'll give you money for heroin," and then, "This is the one and only time." It comes across like a mother giving in to a five-year-old begging for a lollipop.

This is not a portrayal of the harsh reality of heroin addiction. The worry, fear, and anguish that the mother of a junkie experiences is gut-wrenching. Here, it feels like Amber's mom is swatting at flies. I quit reading at the 58% mark, bored with Amber's day-to-day life of acquiring and using, and her mom's endless, pointless conversations that amounted to: "What to do, what to do?"

My rating of two stars is because the writing itself isn't terrible (though there are editorial errors), but I don't recommend it if you want to know what it's really like to be, live with, or love a heroin addict.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thin Wire September 5, 2012
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Christine Lewry's debut, Thin Wire, is a private, emotional roller-coaster story from hell. A story ever parent fears and a story no one wants to happen to them, their children, family members or friends.

Thin Wire is written from two points of view: that of Christine's and Amber's. Their lives are exposed for the world to view: a life full of raw emotions and feelings.

As a young single mother, Christine, did what others had done and are still doing today: working outside the home to take care of a child.

As time goes by and the child, Amber, began to act out, her actions were taken as a "naughty child," not a child screaming for help.

Once Christine married and had other children, Amber started to feel left out. Because of Amber's attitude and behavior, Christine was content to let her go her own way. Perhaps even thinking that she could do nothing about the situation and if Amber really needed her, she would let Christine know. All the while neither realizing what was missing from the mother/daughter relationship: communication.

The fight for Amber to overcome her addiction to heroin was a powerful battle. Powerful in fact that Christine would do almost anything to help her daughter get clean and to gain back her health. Powerful in the fact that the drug had its hooks into Amber so strong she could not get free by herself.

Even though the battle against heroin was raging around them, life had to go on with everyday happenings: other family members needs and wants and work.

To feel normal is nearly impossible when one is dealing with dishonesty, distrust, and theft on a daily basis.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I thought this was supposed to be a true story ...
I thought this was supposed to be a true story. The mother writes in detail, including dialogue, about things that she wouldn't have known about. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I like how the book is written
I had many friends ask me, "Why would you want to read a book about heroine addiction?" Addiction has many many forms and it was fascinating to me to read about how... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Marc A. Baldwin
3.0 out of 5 stars Unnerving
It unsettled me how easily amber kept falling back into her old habits even with all the help her mother gave her.. Read more
Published 20 days ago by K. Grula
2.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating read
I read this book because I work with addicts on a daily basis but have never been an addict myself. I was hoping to gain some insight from the addict's point of view. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Mom2Leo
5.0 out of 5 stars Courageous story of strength of faith and love.
I would recommend this book for anyone dealing with the pains of addiction or a loved ones addiction gives hope to all.
Published 1 month ago by Cynthia L. Riser
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very good book; I really enjoyed reading it!
Published 1 month ago by Dr. Maggie
4.0 out of 5 stars Thin Wire
Interesting book. Being able to hear both sides was eye opening. Hopefully people will learn from this book and think
Published 1 month ago by Debbie McAlister
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful
Wow! This is a must read for anyone affected by drugs. The pointer at the end really make sense to me.
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
You could feel the emotion of both mother and daughter and what they were going through. With this epidemic hitting so close to home for me this was a great book
Published 2 months ago by Kirsten
5.0 out of 5 stars An intimate look at the life of a heroin addict
This book followed the decent of the social outcast teenager into her slow, but steady decent into the world of drugs. When. Read more
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Christine Lewry lives in Hampshire, UK with her husband and two youngest children. She worked in the defence industry as a finance director for twenty years before leaving to write full-time. Thin Wire is her first book.

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