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A beautiful book of heartfelt and honest reflections for anyone who has a child whose life has been overtaken by addiction. The author's strength and resilience in the face of her own personal struggle with her addicted son give hope and inspiration to those suffering a similar battle. I admire the author's mission to break the silence surrounding addiction by educating about the disease and guiding parents of addicted children to find their way to serenity. And perhaps, most important, to keep loving their child through the ravages of a disease that leaves no one unscathed. The author has turned her deep pain into a precious gift for others. I have no doubt this book will change lives for the better.
Tending Dandelions is the first book I have encountered which deals with the confusion, pain, guilt, shame, fear, and love that we mothers of addicted children face every day. It is a comfort to me to read one section each night as I try to put all the uncertainties and fears away for another day. Thank you, Sandra, for this book.
Loved “The Joey Song” and also love Sandy’s newest book “Tending Dandelions”! I can pick up either book, read a paragraph and get the perfect reminder to take time for myself, remember that I did not cause my child’s addiction and, even though we lost our son to this horrific disease, feel a sense of peace overcome me. We WILL be together again and in the meantime I will do my best to live my life to the fullest just as my son would have wanted his family to do.
An epidemic of grieving, broken, distraught, conflicted, and confused family members follows in the wake of the current opioid addiction epidemic in the US.
Nothing can prepare families for the challenges of loving an addict.
All family members and friends are affected when a loved one crosses from what Swenson describes as the line of WANTING to get high to NEEDING to get high.
But there is a special place in this turmoil, I believe, for mother’s.
Swenson is one of these mothers. A mother for whom, a fellow parent of an adult addict recently quipped, “no one brings a casserole.” Addiction is a secret subject, a disease viewed as a moral shortcoming. Family and friends don’t Know what to say.
Loving an addict is a lonely place. Tender Dandelions is by no means a feel good read, but it is filled with nuggets and depending on the reader, the day, one’s State of mind, can shed some light on the seemingly impossible task of loving an addict, not the addiction, Loving but not enabling, and living with a broken heart.
I've loved Sandy Swenson's books so very much. The Joey song is wonderful I suggest that to everyone who has a loved one who is in active addiction. This book is no different. It's like a hug when you need it the most. Daily reminders that we are in this together and no one should face addiction alone. I love this book.
I gave this book to several friends and it was very helpful to them. Cathartic really, to read and know they are not alone. Sandra puts into words so many things about the disease of addiction; how it affects a parent and other family members. Really emphasizing how to help the person and NOT the addiction, and mostly, how to help oneself if you are the parent or sibling or friend of an addicted person. Most of the time, these things are VERY hard to put into words, but Sandra does it beautifully, in a compassionate, non-judgemental way. This should be in every counselor's bookshelf.
Thank you Sandra. You have helped many by sharing your experiences and feelings through this book. Wishing you the very best!