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Letters to a Prisoner Paperback – January 5, 2011
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Honorable Mention in Poetry
--2011 New York Book Festival
From the Author
This book contains poems and letters written to my son in Oahu Community Correctional Center in 2009, the second time he was arrested after turning himself in for probations violations. The State of Hawaii is extremely lenient with these Drug Addicts and we, as law-abiding citizens, would be better served if these addicts were locked up sooner. My son is currently in Drug Court, a two year state sponsored supervised release program. He started experimenting with drugs at 19 after he left home and enlisted in the Army.
Currently in his twelfth program, he is thirty three years old and has been straight again for over a year now and is doing fine. Thankfully, my son is finally ready to live a drug-free life.
I chose to sign this book as Connie D. because this plague stretches all known boundaries; it is not just about me and my family, rather it is a wake-up call to all who choose to enable the addict.
I dedicate this book to the countless families afflicted with the plague of Crystal Meth addiction.
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As an expert in the field of addiction recovery, I find it interesting how her journey into her son's addiction becomes an introspective adventure for her as she discovers the truth about addiction and its complex dynamics. Through her emotional adventure she uncovers truths about the faulty judicial system, society turning a blind eye to the ever growing problem, and her own propensity to over look and enable out of love. Her own maternal instinct pits itself against her ever present common sense and logic.
This book is now required reading for our treatment center in hopes of teaching the addicts we work with that there are other people who suffer from their addiction. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, I high recommend this book.
Letter to a Prisoner sends a powerful message. Read it to fully understand!
As a licensed clinician I have found that most often what people need the most is to feel cared about. Addiction is another thing entirely since its base is naturally more than two-fold duality of psychological and physical need. Addiction like much of society's ills - is multi caused and usually a combination of so many things we can't possibly imagine. I worked with addicts a while back and know they use to escape the pain. They are usually smart so they are cunning and skilled manipulators. The mentally ill too are often similar in these ways.
It is hard work and needs doing.
Keep the faith.
Author: Connie D
Published By: Self-Published
Age Recommended: 18+
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 5
Review: Connie D. expresses her anger, anguish, sadness, and most importantly a mother's never-ending love and hope of redemption for her meth addicted son in this amazing book of letters and poems.
For anyone that has or is dealing with the heart-ache of an addicted family member, this book is a great and informative read.