The Fix: Living with a Heroin Addicted Parent (BOOK REVIEW)
A Child’s Life Influenced by Addiction
Are you witness to the struggles and torment of an addicted parent? You are not alone! And while your life is not an easy one, there may yet be something you can take from a parent’s addiction.
Here, we’ll review the novel about the life of a young woman living with a heroin addicted father. This book offers hope that change is possible, and that you can survive and emerge from an addicted home a better person. More on how “The Fix” can help you here, with a section at the end for your questions.
The Childhood Trauma of Living With a Heroin Addicted Parent
“The Fix” opens with a descriptive tale.
Sara’s life beginning was not an easy one. It was certainly not like other children’s lives. Eight year old Sara is a Jewish American who lived in the post-war era. Her life changed tremendously as she uncovers her father’s heroin addiction. It was then – her earliest childhood days – that Sara faced the suffering that comes with living in a dysfunctional family.
This story gives a closer look at the way an innocent child and other family members were victimized by heroin addiction. An additional burden was the fact that heroin addiction carried a huge stigma at the 60’s. The author describes the hardships family members faced, and the lack of help or empathy in a time when addiction was viewed as a moral failing.
Each day of Sara’s growing up was accompanied by an emotional turmoil as her addicted father abused her mother and locked himself in the bathroom, shooting heroin. This drug took all the good memories Sara had of her father. What’s even worse, heroin inflicted deep emotional wounds on Sara. A little girl had to grew up far earlier than the other kids of her generation.
When Life Brings You Challenges, Transform Them
Sharon Leder shares her personal journey through the character of Sara, a young girl in a family devastated by heroin addiction. Her story gives us all the chance to develop a higher level of understanding and compassion for those who are caught up in the vicious circle of addiction. Looking upon this family experience of addiction, we learn that hard times demand:
- strong faith
… from each member of the family system. When our loved ones are unable to see the truth, we need to help them find it. Or, we must face it alone. This remarkable book reminds us that even in the times of highest despair we mustn’t allow ourselves the comfort of being passive.
The problem of heroin addiction is not one we need to keep secret. It does not need to be a private matter to be whispered about in our homes. The problem of heroin addiction is a community problem that deserves a public voice.
Giving voice to her personal experience, Sharon Leder has made a big impact on all of us who face similar problems and care about their families and children. Our collective silence about the epidemic of addiction costs millions of lives every year. But – in the end – healing seems impossible if recovery does not serve a higher purpose.
So, if you’re facing addiction in your family, please reach out for help.
You are not alone.
You are not the cause of the problem.
You can get help.
Why “The Fix” Deserves a Place on Your Bookshelf
Denial, secrets, codependence, and complex family relationships are the key elements of this novel. They are the enemies which Sara’s pure and enthusiastic spirit had to overcome. However, you can move past an addicted parent! Like Sara, you can turn a nightmare into an experience that can at least uncover the “shame” communities have attached to the problem of addiction. Your voice is important and critical.
Sara’s story can inspire those that live, or have lived, the same fate as hers.
The value of this book is not only the addiction story itself, but it highlights the importance of recovery, acceptance and healing. The disease of addiction is like a cancer in the family, influencing the personality of each member. The wounds and scars of growing up in a home influenced by addiction should not be left untreated. Life struggles are not the ones that should make us weaker but quite the opposite.
You, too, can manifest strength and bravery.
Wondering where you can find “The Fix: A Father’s Secret A Daughter Search”? To buy, download and read the book, check this link: https://www.amazon.com/Fix-Fathers-Secrets-Daughters-Search/dp/0997722258
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