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A Walk In His Shoes: One family's struggle. A son's battle with addiction. Kindle Edition
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I really liked this book, Dustn's sections all kept me interested. I could not believe some of the horrific and tragic things he went through during his drug use.
His father's sections I found to be a bit repetitive and I actually had to just skim through some of them.
I also don't understand after all those years how he and his wife didn't educate themselves about addiction sooner. Why didn't he put Dustin in detox to get off of drugs, instead of detoxing at home countless times, & even driving him to get drugs to help him detox? Why didn't he suggest Dustin go to rehab, or seek other professional help, such as even just going to see a therapist? The only person he spoke to was his brother in law, who was a probation officer, who suggested the best thing to do was to have Dustin arrested. I just can't grasp that. Dustin probably would have been one of the ones who benefited from rehab early enough on to have been spared years of misery, since he actually did benefit from attending the 6 month place, even though he still messed up afterward, he got something out of it. A seed had definitely been planted--so much so that he put himself in jail! Why jail?! Why not go back to rehab? I know his parents struggled with money, but there are rehab programs for those with no way to pay. All of them went years believing that Dustin could simply put drugs down for good, by himself, right after he got all of the drugs after his system. Blows my mind. I guess because I'm in recovery and I know just how obvious it is that that's not a likely scenario. As difficult as it is, it's less difficult to get off of drugs than to stay off of them, especially right after getting off of them. It's extremely difficult even with rehab & help from others. I was never even as entrenched as Dustin was, and it was difficult. My addiction was pills, but the short acting opiates Vicodin and Percocet, and it was still hard. Harder yet to get and stay off of Suboxone, which I was put on for a few years to help my addiction.
However, no doubt his family truly loved him very much, and they all suffered. I think Dustin is super strong for wanting recovery so much that he chose jail. It's remarkable where he was, and where he's at. The book was well written, with just a few grammatical errors, but nothing major. One example was a vein in an arm was spelled "vain", which actually refers to a conceited person, not the vein in the arm. They didn't take anything away from the book, though. Other reviews mentioned that it's full of useful information about what to do if someone you know is an addict, but I totally disagree. There is some basic information listed, but there could have been so much more. I would still recommend this book, though, to read about Dustin's journey, and I'd also love another book in the future from him.
Written by both the drug addicted son and concerned father, each chapter shares a different perspective of the same timeframe and set of events. I enjoyed the layout and after a few chapters I found myself curious about what the alternate perspective would hold and how it would differ.
The story, told with raw and real emotion, held my attention and I found myself going from cheering Dustin on to being in tears over and over again. Although I haven’t experienced drug addiction first hand, I learned a lot about the struggle while reading this book and applaud the author for being brave enough to share his story.
The book is well written and I would definitely read more from this author. This book will stay with me for a long time.
A must read for anyone faced with addiction and everyone who loves an addict.
With that said, I couldn't put the book down. Justin and his father put aside all of their pride to tell and share their horrible ride with addiction. I cannot thank them enough for sharing their story.
FYI ~ Several times throughout the book the Father feels that him and his wife were stupid. Never once did I think that and I believe most parents would agree. Never give up on anyone, especially your children.
Thank you Dustin for sharing your struggle with the world. You and your family now have the chance to help so many l people.