- File Size: 307 KB
- Print Length: 86 pages
- Publication Date: December 28, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AUIDY78
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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The Healing Game Kindle Edition
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As a parent of a addict in recovery i found myself sympathizing with each parent who ask the question " How can this happen to my child". It can and it does happen to far too many of our youth today. I think the 3 stories speak for themselves in the sense that drug addiction escalates, gets out of control and misery results. They all contemplated suicide. Recovery, for the 3 in this story, came in the form of a spiritual change through AA. The book is written honestly and very easy to read. I feel it will help parents trying to understand addiction and addicts trying to find peace in recovery.
I would like to see a "sequel" to this book that tells the experience of the parents and families of these addicts in the same honest fashion.
This book is definitely worth the download!
I love this quote by "Charlie" --the subject of the third memoir in "The Healing Game," a wonderful collection of the lives of three young adults, their struggle with addiction and personal triumphs. This is a book of hope. The stories are typical and real. The authors begin with their own words; these are words from parents who know firsthand what they are talking about.
"The emotional highs and lows an addicted child brings to a parent's heart rival any known to the human condition. Family bonds, once solid as granite, are shattered and continually tested--as deceit, desperation and manipulation replace respect, trust and love. Battle-lines are drawn between husband and wife, sibling and parent. Frail grandparents are manipulated, while family heirlooms begin to decorate the cast iron shelving of the local pawnshop, sold to feed the monster called Addiction."
This book details the lives of three young adult opiate addicts--good kids from "proper homes." We follow them as the insidiousness of addiction takes hold and fights to destroy--their lives, their families and their futures.
Although I was drawn into each story and found each young adult's struggle unique, the account of "Charlie from Duxbury" was particularly enlightening to me. His deadly roller-coaster ride with addiction was finally arrested as he triumphantly discovered the keys to a new life.
"When I was enslaved to my addiction I used to wake up in the morning and my first thought was. . . Who am I gonna rob today? . . . I thought that detox was all I needed. . . (but) I needed to fix my head, and the only way I could do that was to go through the Twelve Steps."
As per the authors, each of the three young addicts profiled in this book actively continues their recovery. This book was written to offer families a gift of hope. The best way to convey this hope is in Charlie's own words "Being an addict has definitely changed me in a positive way. When I was using drugs, I thought that drugs and alcohol were going to be a part of my life forever. I didn't know that there was a way to be happy without mind-altering substances. . . . I love sobriety because I can now help others"
I recommend this book to anyone who has had their life touched by addiction--to better understand, provide real-life examples of hope and give readers encouragement that people can and DO recover.
~Authors Bill Brids and Maureen Morrissey-Capen are both parents of recovered addicts and live on the South Shore in Massachusetts. They met at a local support group and became friends.
~ Bill has a wonderful blog named Addiction Journal [...] that is well-worth checking out
~Judy Herzanek/Changing Lives Foundation
The victory in each story is what gives me HOPE. To know that our loved ones can come out the other side of this and restart the lives that addiction took away from them is every parents dream. Thank you Bill Brids and Maureen Capen for the hard work you put into this, it truly is a gift to the heart of those whose lives have been visited with this devastating epidemic.
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