Detach with Love could be described as a tragic true life story told by his mother and written using testimony taken from the diaries he wrote whilst in rehab.
But it goes further than that. This is the story of a family fighting for their son’s life, against those in society who should have been there to help vulnerable people like David - social services, the medical profession and the local authorities. They all failed him in the end.
This book not only challenges a rethink on the accepted wisdom of non- intervention, but also society’s view of addicts, not dropouts but seeing them as people who are ill, perhaps someone’s child, needing help and understanding.
In the last month of David’s life he became a missing person, walking out of his home and out of the lives of all who loved him.
It should be required reading for everyone associated with the field of addiction. It demands a rethink on the accepted wisdom of non-intervention, and society's view of addicts.