Jan Nargi, a single mother of two, is a registered nurse who worked in enough emergency rooms to know the signs of addiction, but failed to recognize them in her own family. Her son, Tommy, is a heroin addict. He started abusing Oxycontin when he was sixteen and graduated to mainlining heroin by age eighteen. This is their story. The one of his life chasing the high, and her life chasing after him.
They hope their collaboration will strengthen their relationship, assist Tommy on the road to recovery, and offer help and encouragement to others struggling with the battle of addiction. They pray their story will convince you to chase a new high, a natural high on life. This story is factual. It is graphic. It is real. There is no hero in heroin.
©2011 Janice Harris (P)2013 Janice Harris
Once started couldn't put it down- mother is a sweetheart with conviction- from a person in recovery you get a different view on how your actions can impact family... I think I fell in love with the author by the time the book was over...
The honesty and struggle
She was ok.
Not one. All... Daily struggle of this mother trying to live her life... while being wrapped up in someone else's
I thought the book was really good. An excellent understanding from a mothers point of view. I'm just struggling with the fact that she allowed her son to leave home at the age of 16 because he was abusing drugs. He was still a minor until the age of 18. I truly believe she is a great mother but I think she could have had him placed somewhere for help at 16 years old. I hope he was able to straighten up his life, and I hope she was able to build a relationship with her other son.
No, I would not recommend this book. The story is about a teenage drug abuser, and it is heartbreaking to hear about how this mom struggles to work her life around her addicted son. However the story is extremely redundant in it's telling of events and emotions. I am aware that addiction is cyclicle, but this story does not bring any new thougts or experiences to each episode of drug abuse and/or relapse. It is effective in being a bit tiring, hearing the same experiences/reactions over and over - which is how it must feel to live with an addict. But as a listener/reader, I found it... I don't know.... not exactly boring, but not worth my energy. I did feel that the end ramped up a bit which did help the story to end on stronger note. There are many stories about addiction that are far more interesting than this, in my opinion
As a mother I could never imagine having to deal with my child becoming an addict. Jan told her story well and allowed the readers to feel her pain, disappointment, blame and freedom from her son’s addiction. I wasn’t particularly moved by the story but I appreciate her honesty and transparency.
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