A Thief in the Family: My Daughters Addiction
A gripping and compelling story of one mothers journey raising her heroin addicted daughter. The autobiographical story also chronicles the murder of the author's mother in 1968; the Youth Culture of the 60's, the author's experience as a battered wife and consequent escape, and the devastating effects of that marriage and personal history on her adult daughter, who became a junkie.
On the night of August 18, 2009, her beloved 32-year old daughter overdosed,
Despite all the sorrow, this story is neither gloomy nor depressing, but rather an unflinching account of one woman's lilfe, and her daughter whom she did not abandon to the bitter end. The story is topical and relevant, and needs to be read by every family trying to cope with the problem of addiction.
This story also supports the authors point-of-view that the war on drugs is an abysmal failure.
Reviews: What people are saying:
"A professional in the mental health and addiction fields is often at a loss when their own family members are affected. That was how I was feeling until one night I searched the word "methadone" on my kindle and Marie Minnich's story magically appeared... Ms Minnich's book speaks to the drug crisis our country is in. I, also, agree with her points on the need for mental health agencies, criminal justice systems, and health professionals to collaborate, educate, and work together. This is a community problem that is destroying our families. Providing encouragements or some of life's essentials does not make one an enabler as many want to label us....If you also feel at a loss when dealing with your addicted loved ones then you must read this book for your own sanity.