When children withdraw into their addiction, parents often feel wounded, emotionally and physically. Teens can also feel wounded when their parents focus solely on their addiction, becoming consumed with their stressful and anxious thoughts. What often confounds the role of the parents is their entanglement with the addiction, and their difficulty in stepping back and learning to forgive. Some parents, like Jerry, who drinks all day and uses stimulants to stay awake, and his wife Annabel who covers for him, are struggling with their own addictions. Others, like Shelly, a single mom with an out of control adolescent daughter, are depleted from constant worry. The goal for all parents, however, is to become more aware of the behaviors that block effective parenting.
Twenty years later and still clean, I devour stories about addiction and redemption as hungrily as I once craved speed. Here are some books that will not only make you want to quit doing the thing that is killing you, but also offer an interesting narrative structure for writers because they flout the conventional hero journey template. Black Out , a memoir by Sarah Hepola, is a funny, sad portrayal of an unstoppable, unattached, driven woman who early on mistakes recklessness with feminism and freedom. Surrender and recovery have never felt so familiar. Graceland , a novel by Chris Abani, is a colorful, cacophonous story of a father and son, addiction, and seductive American trappings in post-colonial Nigeria. Elvis, a teenage Elvis impersonator, hopes to make his way out of the ghetto. Broke, beset by floods and beatings by his alcoholic father, and with no real job opportunities in sight; Elvis is tempted by a life of crime.
Addiction can show up in our lives in many different ways. Nic Sheff was drunk for the first time at age eleven. In the years that followed, he would regularly smoke pot, do cocaine and Ecstasy, and develop addictions to crystal meth and heroin.
Click the flag Meet our special U. Addicted Like Me is the story of a mother and her daughter and the legacy of addiction that runs through their family. From the perspective of two people who have been there, the authors provide advice and resources to help parents help their kids before problems arise. A renowned addiction expert, Dr.