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My Daughter's Addiction: A Thief in the Family - Hardwired for Heroin Paperback – March 23, 2009
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"Very very good book-Hard to put down once I started reading it. It's also sad to hear what the family & the addict goes through. Very well written."
-Kimberly Sinkovic, as posted on iTUNES, 03/23/2012
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My son told me that sitting in those meetings (often rehab or court ordered) just made him anxious, couldn't wait to get out to go use. Listening to the stories of the good ol' days, although usually ending with "I'm happy to be sober" did NOT help him. My son was in and out of 9 rehabs from the age of 15. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and actually worked with addicts because my field of expertise was HIV/AIDS and many of our patients were IV drug users. Not that Jeff started that way. It's a choice, yes, to try, to experiment, which most teenagers do, but if you are predisposed to addiction (proven medical fact), your brain becomes hijacked and you are no longer in control. It's like air or food. You will do whatever you have to to get it. It changes you.
Marie explained this, along with the history of her family dynamics (which helped me understand her daughter better), "admitted" all her failings as a "codependent" and "enabler". I wonder if the person who hated this book would consider it "enabling" to continue to take her child in for cancer treatment when the child kept relapsing. How about diabetes? Don't comply with doctor's orders? Ok, you're out, no more treatment for you.....This is absurd.
This illness is destroying so many families. I have found that many of these "kids" no matter their age are "too tender for this world" They have that in common.Read more ›
I, too, lost my precious son to an overdose. Our children's stories are different, yet alike. Marie's daughter and she were on the roller-coaster of addiction for years and suffered the additional horrors that involvement with the criminal justice system, treatment facilities, and society thrusts upon those suffering the DISEASE of ADDICTION and the stigmatization of not only the addicts, but, on those who love them most. My son struggled with depression from childhood and during his teens began drinking and dabbling with drugs. We were on the same emotional roller-coaster with our son for almost 3 years while he drank, smoked pot, and did a few pills. We tried everything as Marie did from tough love, to psychologists, to rehabs, to psychiatrists. I finally when I think he was 17 told my boy that I would do anything to help him graduate from high school, but if he went off to college and partied, flunked out, and wasted our hard earned money, he was out of the house until he grew up. Being a truly smart guy, he pre-enlisted in the military and left for boot camp in August at the age of 18. The time in the military curtailed his usage and demanded the discipline he wouldn't accept from us. Four years later, after being honorably discharged, he started college, but when he began having problems with his girlfriend which led to depression which led to self-medicating and from drinking and smoking to using anything and everything. We lived 1600 miles away, but knew he was in serious trouble.Read more ›
There are support groups for parents with children who are terminally ill with cancer, or who have mental illness. Parents of addicts often begin their journey very isolated and ashamed... it's not exactly something easily discussed around the water cooler at work - sadly, we are not alone. There is a wonderful blogging group of parents dealing with this. Google "Mom vs Heroin." Thank you Marie.
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As a mother of a daughter with an addiction, I got a lot out of this book. The author has much compassion for parents of addicted children.Published on November 29, 2012 by Darnelle Lewis
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I felt tremendous sympathy for both the author and her late daughter after reading this book. I had never really made the connection on a gut level about how an abused child... Read morePublished on January 4, 2011 by Charles E. Reisen MD