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The Dangers of Living with a Drug Addict: and how to Stay Safe. Paperback – February 20, 2013
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About the Author
Vivienne Gardner Edwards grew up in England. She finished her education in Oxford and moved with her family to Michigan in the mid 70’s. She was active in Home Education and created a state home school network in Minnesota in the 80’s. After she moved to Oregon she became a speaker on domestic abuse until she became concerned over drug abuse after sharing her home with a heavy drug user. She formed a local area drug education network, working with local law enforcement and schools to educate others about drugs and their effects on both the user and the family. Two years later, she wanted to expand the reach of this work so she created an educational website dedicated to the support of families of drug users. She became an advocate for a disabled woman Veteran in 2008, and from this she learned about the need for support for Veterans, who often deal with addiction especially to pain medication. As well as working on drug related issues, she also writes fiction books and is currently working on a book on PTSD for Veterans. When not writing she cares for her disabled dogs and her group of rescued cats.
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The book was an eye-opener for me. Even as a former journalist with experience in police rounds, I had not seriously thought about the dangers of living with an addict - and I should have. I think we all should be aware of the possibilities. The world has changed and many of us have already found ourselves in the kind of situation the author faced. It's not a huge book and is easily read. I think we should all read it to be prepared. Hope for the best; be prepared for the worst.
Vivienne's message in the book is that she wants readers to be safe and secure. She has compiled nuggets of good advice from her own experience and I hope people read it for when they need it.
I'm not going to try to list the safety ideas in the book, there are too many. I was stunned at the number of things you need to think about and prepare for with a drug addict. The author is very, very thorough. Can I just say this: If you are living with teenagers, or young people about to face the world, or with people suffering depression or other mental illness, you should be prepared. If you have the slightest inkling that something is amiss with a person you live with, be prepared. Drug addicts, as Vivienne points out, can be very cunning and deceitful. Be suspicious and be ready.
The author paints a very dark picture, because, as she says, you cannot control what a drug addict does. But the ray of light is that you do have control over what YOU do. She found that there is plenty of advice that focuses on the drug user, but nothing for the family. She has corrected that with this book and her website [...]
This book should be available in print form wherever the families and friends of addicts go for help. And the eBook should be on your computer or reader. It's not a fun book, but it is a very important book for the age we live in. I strongly recommend it.
i even found a section on emotional abuse that was verbatim what i experienced 23 yrs ago in my 1st marriage. (Vivienne where were you then? :)
this guide should be on the shelf at the police station and shelters to give people in bad situations a "to do list" of how to get help and get in a better place in life.
thank you Vivienne!