I’m currently working on a non-fiction narrative with my writer-friend, Constance.
The subject matter is, of course, mothering addiction.
Over the years, I learned the hard way that, in the face of addiction, the rules of motherhood are radically altered. My healing story begins when, one by one, I reconnect with four women who have also retreated into the shame and secrecy of parenting a child who is struggling with substance abuse. We form an underground support group and call ourselves The Book Club. We have grown together as we grapple with the knife-edged paradox of loving our children while letting them go. As I weave together our stories, readers will recognize a profile for sons and daughters who abuse everything from alcohol to heroin. The book will also include expert advice and commentary from substance abuse specialists who work with pre-teens through young adults.
I hope this can become a book that readers will lovingly press into the hands of another parent-friend.
Recommended Book List
A Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey through his Son’s Addiction, by David Sheff
Stay Close: A Mother’s Story of Her Son’s Addiction, by Libby Cataldi
If blog readers know of any other books in this genre, written by parents of an addict, please Leave a Comment !