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I Am Your Disease: The Many Faces of Addiction
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Most of the children featured were of above average intelligence, very creative and particularly sensitive. And most had above average good-looks. They were raised by committed, loving parents, some highly educated. How could this possibly be a recipe for an early demise due to drug abuse?
Actually, there does not seem to be a pattern. What is so terrifying is that there seems to be no social class, background, or educational deficiencies that could explain or predict who becomes addicted. Sometimes early intervention may have prevented the spiral toward progressively harmful drugs, but other times it seemed to make little difference.
What is presented in I Am Your Disease are the facts and perceptions of the families most affected by drug abuse and the hideous aftermath of life after losing a child to addiction. It is a must read for every parent.
Eventually your child will be confronted with an opportunity to participate in drug abuse. How they are prepared for these confrontations can be a life or death decision. As a parent, I for one want to ensure that my child is as well prepared to go onto the battlefield of peer pressure as well equipped as I can possibly prepare him. Don't you want your child prepared? Read the book and discuss it with your children. If they are old enough, give it to them to read for themselves after you've completed it. Give out kids a fighting chance for survival.
As one of the grieving moms who contributed my story to this book, I honestly feel that it should also be REQUIRED READING for every 5th or 6th grade student in our country, as well as world-wide.
But, it should also be REQUIRED reading for every police officer, teacher, counselor, doctor, nurse and minister, for these are the people most likely to form the "first line of defense" against addictive illnesses. For they are the ones most likely to see addictive illnesses when they are just beginning. And, with the incredible insight gained from reading this book, they just might be able to intervene before the lure of drugs to a young person becomes deadly.
If it were within my means, I would personally buy & donate a copy of this book to every parent in this country, which should include many people who, besides being parents, work in fields that deal with our young people. If I were to win the lottery tomorrow, that is what I would do with my winnings, for I feel that this book is THAT important.
Sherry's compilation of stories really highlights how universal our epidemic of drug addiction has become - it crosses ALL boundaries and NO ONE is "immune" to it. Unfortunately, until it hits our own family, that is what we all think. WRONG! Read the book and you will see.
I LOVE the way this book begins - "Could this be YOUR child?" No! No way! That is EXACTLY what all of us had thought!Read more ›
Through their eyes you connect with the pain, anguish and bewilderment they confront, asking themselves what they could have done to prevent this from happening to their child. However, if you quickly step back you realize that while each specific instance is the result of a particular set of circumstances, drug addiction has become a vast silent killer, in many ways inflicting a more devastating impact than any terrorist group could have on our society. In fact, it is unusual to find a friend, family member, or loved one who is not aware of at least one individual who is suffering from substance abuse.
It is because of the way in which each parent describes her child that the reader quickly realizes that no parent can guarantee that they will not have a similar experience. The children come from all social and ethnic backgrounds, all upbringings and environments. Some were scholars and others athletes - all offering no discernable evidence that they were drug users - but yet, they were.
What will it take for America to wake up and sound the alarm about the devastating nature and dire consequences of drug addiction, to our families, communities and country? I found it difficult to read the book without stopping to think about my children, and what it is that I can do to raise the public awareness and recognition of this significant problem.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was hoping for more stories of hope, from addicts who entered recovery and those types of stories. I was prepared for all the stories to be about addicts who have died. Read morePublished on March 26, 2014 by Rosemary Stankiewicz
Very realistic, but depressing. My significant other said the same thing about this book.We will keep it in the bookcase.Published on August 28, 2013 by Sharon Carroll
This book takes you into the chilling reality of addiction. There is no happy ending no one makes it out alive and returns to their family with a clear and conscise future. Read morePublished on December 17, 2011 by Lisa Healey
Addiction has a profound ripple effect. Pain, misery, and fear radiates outward from its center. The biggest lie addicts tell themselves is, "I'm only hurting myself. Read morePublished on October 20, 2011 by Barbara S. Reeves
If you have a family member or friend that suffers from a disease that is worse than cancer, this is a must read. Read morePublished on December 18, 2010 by demz
This is a MUST read for all parents. It is a real eye opener into what happens when the addition monster grabs hold of you. Read morePublished on April 16, 2010 by LeeAnn M. Michie
I bought this book for my son who is doing time in jail for many crimes related to his heroin addiction. He loved the book and it really hit home with him. Read morePublished on February 11, 2010 by Gina M. Rayburn
This book is a must read for any parent dealing with a child with addiction. The book shows the disease has no boundries with age, gender, or statis. Read morePublished on December 23, 2009 by Beverly