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I Am Your Disease (The Many Faces of Addiction) by Sheryl Letzgus McGinnis

I Am Your Disease (The Many Faces of Addiction)

by Sheryl Letzgus McGinnis

391 pages
Compelling, provocative stories of addiction and loss. Poignant and heartbreaking.

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About the Book
I Am Your Disease (The Many Faces of Addiction) is a compelling and poignant collection of 40 stories as told by parents who have suffered the unspeakable, the most horrendous experience that a parent can have: The death of their child.

Not only have the parents in this book suffered the ultimate loss, but they have also experienced a double whammy - the loss of their child to an unacceptable disease - the disease of addiction.

Yes, addiction is a brain disease. How this disease is acquired is secondary only to the magnitude of the loss felt by these parents.

As my own son,Scott, said to me one day: "Mom, nobody wakes up one day and decides to be an addict." Most addicted people start down this slippery slope when they are children and children make mistakes. Big mistakes! Let's face it, we all make mistakes. However, most of our mistakes are not dangerous and can be a good learning experience. Making the mistake of doing drugs though is a huge mistake and one that can follow you throughout your life until somehow you beat the odds and manage to overcome the addiction or, like the children in this book, succumb to the Addiction Monster.

My co-author Heiko Ganzer, LCSW, CASAC of Phoenix Psychotherapy has written a compelling narrative included in the beginning of the book. Heiko has made a compilation of many of his patients and blended them into one person - the "disease." The disease speaks to you in the narrative called I Am Your Disease (by the Anonymous Addict) and explains how difficult it is to overcome addiction, how much joy the disease takes in destroying your life and the lives of your family and friends and how he revels with each relapse. He is an equal opportunity destroyer of life who has you chasing two rabbits at the same time, making it almost impossible to succeed at any goal you set for yourself. The disease explains how much the addicted person suffers too and they do suffer in the extreme. They do not want to be addicts. Who would?

All of the stories in the book will touch your heart. You will live these parents' worst nightmares right along with them. Your heart will clutch when you read their words describing the unfathomable pain of when they receive "that" phone call. You will come to know not only their child but the parents who did all they could to save their child from self-destructing.

You will learn that good kids do drugs too. Kids from the right side of the tracks who have been derailed by drugs. You'll learn secret code words that kids use to prevent parents from knowing they're talking about drugs. You'll read poems, some by well known poets, others by bereaved parents, paying one last homage to their beloved child.

You will read about kids who went to upscale, private schools and regular, ordinary good kids all with one thing in common: Drugs!.



About the Author
Sheryl is a retired medical transcriptionist and former radio DJ. Married for 41+ years with one remaining son. Owned by 1 beautiful dog and 4 spoiled cats. Born in Australia, now residing in Palm Bay, Florida. She is a prolific writer on several internet sites on romance and addiction.



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