- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Jeffers Press; 1st edition (September 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0977761819
- ISBN-13: 978-0977761814
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 374 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Lost Years: Surviving a Mother and Daughter's Worst Nightmare Paperback – September 1, 2006
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"The Lost Years is one of the most important books on family addiction and recovery that I have come across in years. It allows the readers a rare, simultaneous look into the hearts and minds of both the co-dependent and the addict. Kristina and her mother take us through the suffering, turmoil and destruction of addiction right on through to forgiveness, reconciliation and redemption. This book is invaluable to families, and I am proud to recommend The Lost Years." -- John Bradshaw, best-selling author of Healing the Shame That Binds You and Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child, and one of the leading authorities on co-dependency and family recovery
"This is the most important book I have read this year. I couldn't put it down." -- Anne Lamott, best-selling author of Grace (Eventually), Operating Instructions, Bird by Bird, Traveling Mercies, Rosie, All New People, and Blue Shoe
This book touches on both sides of addiction the side of the addict and that of the enabler. -- Cheri and Pat Summerall, former American football player and legendary sportscaster, and his wife
This is a powerful and amazing book. I could not put it down. -- Michael Pritchard, PBS host and child advocate
This is the most extraordinary memoir I have ever read. -- Stephanie Brown, Ph.D., psychologist and author
About the Author
Kristina Wandzilak, executive director and founder of Full Circle Intervention, is a nationally recognized interventionist, presenter, and author. She has worked in the field of chemical dependency since 1994 and is a certified drug and alcohol counselor and board-registered interventionist.
Constance Curry has been in codependency recovery for many years. She has studied and tried to understand the disorder that took over her life and the lives of those she loved most. Constance has appeared on various educational speaker panels to discuss the intricate subject of addiction and family recovery.
Donna Postel is fascinated by all kinds of stories and loves telling them. From memoir and biography to literary fiction, romance, mystery, and suspense, Donna uses her innate curiosity, talent, and decades of experience on stage and in the recording studio to bring books to life.
Hillary Huber is a multiple Audie Award finalist, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner, and an AudioFile Best Voice. She has recorded close to three hundred titles, spanning many genres. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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I also know that sadness and tragedy did not end for Kristina. Years after this book was published, Kristina again had to fight life's darkness. She has done so with grace and honestly and strength--and remaining sober. Both mother and daughter --Amazing women.
The story is so well told that I feel I understand so much more than ever before about the addicts in my family, those who are not addicts and the effects on them, myself, and co-dependency.
Every other chapter was the mother's story, and every other one the alcohol addicted daughter's story. And through it all you could see the profound effects on each of the other family members.
I highly recommend this book. It is so well told, it may bring you to tears in some places as it did me. But it sheds a bright light on an often misunderstood topic.