Unchained: Our Family's Addiction Mess Is Our Message Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Unchained recounts how through faith, tough love, and 12-Step program, the Vericker family helped JP, now in recovery for more than a decade, return home to a renewed life. Their book provides hope for families grappling with addiction.
Nancy and her son have shared their family's story on the TODAY Show and Conversations with Cardinal Dolan, as well as conferences, radio programs, and newspaper and magazine articles. Unchained won a 2019 award from the Catholic Press Association in the Healing Book Category. Nancy, who has been in recovery for more than 30 years, has been honored as a Person Who Made A Difference by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence/Westchester.
Nancy writes a weekly blog for families struggling with addiction that can be found on her website, nancyvericker.com. She is a Recovery Coach and works as a Family Liaison at Ark Behavioral Health. She serves as Youth Minister at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and as a Spiritual Director at Fairfield University. She also works as a retreat and conference speaker. Nancy holds a master's degree in spiritual direction from Fordham University. She has been married to her husband Joe for 37 years. The couple have four children and one grandson.
JP Vericker is co-founder of Ark Behavioral Health. He is board certified in the treatment of substance use disorder. He began his work in the substance abuse treatment field as a night shift technician and has worked his way up in his career through a variety of positions including halfway house manager, detox counselor, detox manager, licensing consultant, and therapist. He lives in Massachusetts.
- ASIN : B07CX56Q2Z
- Publisher : CLEAR FAITH PUBLISHING (May 6, 2018)
- Publication date : May 6, 2018
- Language: : English
- File size : 2963 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 232 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,122,888 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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JP himself takes us through his personal journey and we hear what he was thinking at each stage of his fall into addiction and his recovery. That answered many of the questions I had about addiction and alcoholism. Throughout the book, Nancy beautifully weaves the spirituality and faith which kept her and her husband and children together and strong. I rejoiced at the happy ending.
This is a must read for anyone whose family or friends have been touched by the disease of addiction or alcoholism. It will give you guidance and hope.
Nancy is an accomplished story teller. She strikes a wonderful balance between humor and horror as she struggles to help her son appreciate the impact of his behavior. The book is nearly impossible to put down once you start it - is a page turner. Plan on a couple of late nights once you pick it up.
If you are fortunate not to have experienced the problems encountered by JP and his family, you will enjoy the story just for Nancy's expert annunciation of family values and deep spirituality in a story about a family's experience that ends with a happy ending. If you are dealing with a child struggling with addiction, it is a must read to learn about one family's journey and ultimate success in reaching recovery.
Her son, JP's, comments were also very helpful for me in understanding my child. For so long I have wondered why my child's thinking is so distorted. I could never seem to get my child to see what to me seemed like common sense. When I read JP's comments about his distorted thinking, I thought, "That's exactly how my child thinks!" It helped me see that it is the addiction that causes this distorted thinking.
I know that I will be returning to this book for more encouragement in the future.