- 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: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,272,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I Am Your Disease: The Many Faces of Addiction
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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!
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Addicts hurt everyone around them like a tornado ripping through the lives of others. They cause much grief, heartache, and sleepless nights. They consume the lives of those closest to them, especially mothers. And when they die - when they pay the ultimate price - it's the people who loved them who are left hurting.
"I Am Your Disease: The Many Faces of Addiction" is the true stories of 39 young people who paid the ultimate price. These stories are told mostly by mothers, the ones who suffer just as much if not more than their deceased children. The kids in these stories are athletes, college-educated, talented, everyday "good kids" whose lives took a terrible turn for whatever reason.
Some parts of these stories are hard to read - vivid descriptions of the discoveries of lifeless bodies by the parents, gut-wrenching tales of teenagers kept alive by breathing machines, and morbid descriptions of what happens when the machines must be turned off. One young man was in a coma for a week before his body began "posturing," trying to sit up in bed before he finally died.
These parents are all left asking themselves, "What if I had done this," and, "What if I had done that?" They are left with, "If only." And they want you to know that it can happen to anyone and that many of them tried everything possible to get their children to quit only to learn that it's completely beyond their control.
If you have any doubts that addiction kills, and kills indiscriminately, then you should read I Am Your Disease. I was emotionally exhausted after reading story after story of young kids, with their whole lives before them, ending up in the last place they ever thought they'd be: the morgue.
David Allan Reeves
Author of "Running Away From Me"
You will find you are not alone. It is an illness that has no boundries.
This book helped me get through the first few months after my 25 year old son died.