Published: 01/10/2012
ISBN: 9781780882956
Format: Paperback

"The heart-stopping twists and turns make it read like a novel and I simply couldn't put it down. This book isn't just for parents of children with drug problems; this is for every parent who has ever had to deal with a child's problem."
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Thin Wire
A Mother’s Journey Through her Daughter’s Heroin Addiction
by Christine Lewry

There it was; the line across my life, drawn in a moment. I could never step back to the other side of the line, back to my perfect life, where I didn’t know my daughter was a heroin addict.

Thin Wire: A Mother’s Journey Through her Daughter’s Heroin Addiction is an honest and intimate account of heroin addiction told by both mother and daughter. Amber is introduced to drugs and becomes addicted without her mother’s knowledge. She meets a dealer who feeds her habit. Whilst living together, they are raided by the police. Bailed to her mother’s address with a £200-a-day addiction, Amber doesn’t think her family will accept her back when they discover the truth. When she’s charged by the police with dealing class A drugs and accepting stolen goods, she fears she’ll go to prison. Trying to feed her habit alone, Amber meets a fellow addict who offers to introduce her to prostitution. The prospect terrifies her, but will her mother help her?

An unflinching story that looks at drug addiction from two different sides, Thin Wire will appeal to a diverse range of readers, in particular fans of autobiographies and memoirs, and is remiscent of Melvin Burgess’ Junk. The book’s concluding section offers two sets of personal guidelines; one for addicts, the other for parents or partners of addicts, while the in-depth, harrowing real life story vividly illustrates the difficulties of overcoming addiction. In a society where 50% of teenagers experiment with drugs, Amber is every mother’s child. She could be yours.

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Woman & Home, October 2012

I find this book to be very close to an experience i once came across in my life, upon reading the book i found myself rlating to a lot of issue's and problems of the same manner. I also found it to be helpful and inciteful. With a deep and meaningful understanding of the difficulties that teenagers and adults alike face in this day and age. I also found some helpful hints and tips for people who are trying to care for loved one's struggling with addictions.

by pokerface

Fantastic that it was taken not just from Christine's aspect but also Amber's. This book really struck a chord personally and is a must for teenagers and parents alike. This is deeper than just addiction it relates to other issues that most parents have with their teenage children. I could not put it down and so priviledged to have been able to read their journey through it all.

by lallyloo

Absolutely fantastic book, couldn't put it down and that's coming from a person who doesn't read a lot. The book is fantastic and very helpful for families and friends who are going through a similar drugs related situation. Would recommend this true story book to any for a great read

by Amberhopper

This true story of heroin addiction is told from the parallel points of view of a mother (Christine Lewry) and her daughter Amber. Amber's unhappiness within her fractured family has led her to be taken in by those she thought were her friends, and taken down into the wretched world of addiction. Her helpless drive to find money for 'gear' leads her to many dealers and a narrow escape from prostitution. She realises that her mother is probably the only genuine friend she has. This is a far from cosy decision because even in the comparative security of home Amber's addiction controls her life, including her relationship with her mother. Can mother and daughter beat Amber's addiction for good?

Christine's writing is clear-eyed and expressive, never disguising the pain she feels at trying and often failing to administer 'tough love' to a daughter who repeatedly deceives, hurts and defies her. The addiction might be in control now, but Christine knows that there surely has to be a weakness in the mesh of her daughter's dependency. This is an intensely sad and gripping book, well-written and never melodramatic.

by Ms. Felicia Davis-burden


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