- Taschenbuch: 200 Seiten
- Verlag: Central Recovery Press (9. September 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1937612716
- ISBN-13: 978-1937612719
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 1,9 x 15,2 x 22,9 cm
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The Joey Song: A Mother's Story of Her Son's Addiction (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 9. September 2014
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Swenson, Sandra. The Joey Song: A Mother’s Story of Her Son’s Addiction. Central Recovery. Sept. 2014. 200p., ISBN 9781937612719. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781937612726.PSYCH
Swenson relates an honest, courageous story of her many years of struggle with her defiant, delusional, and addicted son. Instead of yet another personal memoir from a recovering addict, Swenson displays a valuable focus on how the toxic corrosion of addiction affects relationships with family and friends. She also shares how writing her story helped to release some of the pain, ventilate her anxieties, and allowed her to better manage the never-ending worries about her son’s problems and his shaky future, even as he failed to realize that only he had the power to change his life. Swenson candidly admits that her son’s addiction remains active and explains how she learned to refocus her efforts on other parents of loved ones suffering from substance abuse who might need help finding a path to recovery. This heartbreaking tale of a hurting family is the flip side of the usual heartwarming recovery story shared in most addicts’ memoirs. Coming to grips with the reality that it hurts more to hang on than to let go is a watershed moment in the lives of most parents struggling with an addicted child. VERDICT: Swenson’s cathartic account reveals her complex feelings about her troubled son that will connect with readers going through similar experiences in their families.Dale Farris, Groves, TX
By the age of twenty, Joey had OD’d, attempted suicide, dropped out of college, survived a near-fatal car accident, done time behind bars, and been kicked out of rehab. Now manipulative and hateful, the once sweet and charming Joey is long gone. This is the poignant story of a defiant addict and the mother who won’t give up on him. She finally realizes that it hurts more to hang on than to let go, and that letting go is not the same as giving up. Sandra Swenson beautifully orchestrates a mother’s lessons of love and loss, while surviving her son’s addiction. Despairing parents of addicts will find comfort in this stark, yet hopeful tale.
As a physician specializing in the treatment of addiction, and as a parent who has struggled with addiction in my own family, I found The Joey Song to be a moving portrayal of a family plagued by the complex issues of a child’s addiction.” - David E. Smith, MD, FASAM, FAACT, Founder of Haight-Ashbury Free Medical Clinics of San Francisco
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Every parent dealing with addiction in their world has a story. Their stories are often painful, disturbing, heartbreaking and quite difficult to share and articulate. While each of these parent stories is unique, they all share many common or similar threads to that of other parents dealing with addiction.
Not every parent is willing to or are capable of being open about their issues, challenges and experiences with addiction. While every parent's addiction related journey is real, painful, and troubling, it can be difficult to find the courage, the safe haven, or the comfort to share them. I applaud and respect Sandy for her ability to find a cathartic release in capturing her thoughts, feelings, ideas, and emotions in writing.
This is a very powerful, insightful read. Sandy does not sugar coat her story. It is open, honest, vulnerable, and insightful. She holds nothing back, shares everything and hides nothing. Most importantly these insights, while telling a story, are also accurate perspectives from her journey that every parent dealing with addiction in their family can all learn from.
Thank you, Sandy for sharing "The Joey Song" with us.
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