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I’ve read this book about 4 times now and I find it helpful to go back to it whenever you feel down about your children’s addiction and behaviour. It’s comforting to hear someone who understands your situation and is living it. I highly recommend it if your child is an addict. Warning: this book takes an approach that could probably be referred to as tough love. If you want a book that tells you how to cure your addict and have a happy family again this is not it. In contrast it encourages you to accept the reality of the situation and acknowledge what you can’t change as well as advocating for your own right to personal happiness despite the drama and problems of your addict. This is not to say you don’t love your children, of course you do. But sometimes helping becomes enabling and then it’s not really helping at all. You can love your child while also having boundaries that preserve your own sanity and well-being.
I wondered about the rather full on title but when you read it you will find it is the perfect title. If you are the parent of young adult (or even a now older adult) who is in the grip of alcohol or drugs addiction and its destructive consequences for all concerned you owe it yourself (and them) to read this book. The writer talks from his own experience and guides us with wisdom and tough love sense. This firmed my own resolve and I was rewarded with positive developments in my own family situation. When you dont know where or who else to turn to for advice and support - this much needed book is supportive, thought provoking and enlightening.
I read this book out of desperation with my son's behaviour and lifestyle -smoking a lot of weed living at home and barely working. It helped me separate myself from him and to understand I can't help him until he helps himself, an more importantly until I help myself. Will keep this book close and re-read many times
This book saved my life. Unfortunately I had to take a 12 month injunction out on my own son after he tried to kill me. That took 24 years to get that bad so read this book and don't fall into the trap that I did. Realised I was totally co-dependent after reading it. I'm now on the mend even though I miss him - my only child, I could never go back to that.
This book is so informative I'd wished I read it years ago. Although some behaviours discussed are extreme, and not all addicts take it to that level, the covert tricks used are uncovered and outed very well. Time for a magic marker!