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Under Our Roof: A Son's Battle for Recovery, a Mother's Battle for Her Son Hardcover – February 16, 2021
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“Beautiful and inspiring.”—Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper (Book of the Week)
When Madeleine Dean discovered that her son Harry was stealing from the family to feed a painkiller addiction, she was days away from taking the biggest risk of her life: running for statewide office in Pennsylvania. For years, she had sensed something was wrong. Harry was losing weight and losing friends. He had lost the brightness in his eyes and voice, changing from a young boy with boundless enthusiasm to a shadow of himself, chasing something she could not see. Now her worst fears had come to light.
Under Our Roof is the story of a national crisis suffered in the intimacy of so many homes, told with incredible candor through the dual perspectives of a mother rising in politics and a son living a double life, afraid of what might happen if his secret is exposed. In this honest, bracing, yet ultimately uplifting memoir, they discuss the patterns of a family dealing with an unspoken disease, the fear that keeps addicts hiding in shame, and the moments of honesty, faith, and personal insight that led to Harry’s recovery.
In a country searching for answers to the devastating effects of opioids and drug abuse, Under Our Roof is a ray of hope in the darkness. It is not only a love story between mother and son but also an honest account of a pressing national crisis by a family poised to make a difference.
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“Through their honesty and bravery, Dean and Cunnane challenge stigma, encourage a strengthening of support systems, and provide hope to the millions of Americans who live with, or have loved ones who live with, substance abuse disorder every day.”—Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf and first lady Frances Wolf
About the Author
Harry Cunnane has been an active member of the addiction recovery community since his recovery began more than seven years ago, participating in a twelve-step program and volunteering at rehabs and jails around Philadelphia to spread a message of hope. He now works as a resource director for the same treatment center where he originally sought help for his own addiction. He lives in Audubon, New Jersey, with his wife, Juliet; his daughter, Aubrey; and his son, Sawyer.
Madeleine and Harry are the authors of the children’s book You Are Always Loved.
- Publisher : Convergent Books (February 16, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0593138066
- ISBN-13 : 978-0593138069
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.35 x 0.9 x 9.55 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #715,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Now we are struggling with our youngest son (35 ) who is also suffering from addiction. The book gives you an idea of what a parent is going through and also the addict(their child).I would highly recommend this book to anyone ,but especially to those on their journey to Recovery.
Into the internal life of the addict. This book has helped me shift from judgment to curiosity and understanding and I hope true support.