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Addicted Like Me: A Mother-Daughter Story of Substance Abuse and Recovery Paperback – August 18, 2009
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About the Author
Karen Franklin has spent the past 21 years recovering from the affects of addiction in her family and helping others in their recovery process. Karen spent 20 years in the information technology field and has volunteered since 1989 in facilitating adult and teen grief weekend recovery workshops. She lives in Arizona. Lauren King has lived a sober life for the last ten years. She has a wealth of experience to share that can help parents of teens to understand adolescent addiction. Lauren has spent her sober years working tirelessly to help others by passing on the gift of sobriety that she has been blessed with. She is currently pursuing a degree in chemical dependency, and plans to continue writing books on recovery from addiction. She lives in Arizona her husband and two daughters.
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While "Addicted Like Me" will be the most useful to those who are caught up in a drug addiction, this is also a good book to read if you have a teen who is using drugs.
This book is written by a mother-daughter team so it gives unique perspectives. Karen (the mother) used drugs to numb emotional problems that were the result of her father's alcoholic rages. Unfortunately she married someone just like her father except he also beat her.
Her daughter Lauren had a troubled childhood and while she made some conscious decisions not to become like her father she ended up becoming addicted to a number of drugs (marijuana, alcohol and crystal meth). She in turn also got involved with abusive men, which made her life spiral out of control. Both women seemed to use drugs to escape from their abusive relationships. Once they were back in control they started to make better decisions and ended up with men who truly loved them.
Karen and Lauren eventually decided to no longer be a victim of their negative family legacy. While other people in their family died from drug related causes they decided to choose life. This book is their story of how they went from a totally hopeless situation to being totally sober.
What I liked about this book was the honesty of the authors. There is also a section that tells parents how to deal with a drug-addicted teen. Some of the information in this book could be life saving. I encourage you to read this book if you have issues with drugs or you know someone who does. Even if you have never taken drugs this book could help you to be sympathetic to people who are seriously addicted. There is only one person in my life who is struggling with alcoholism and this book helped me to understand why they may be addicted.
~The Rebecca Review