Things Fall Apart is an emotionally charged, well-written novel about a single mother’s struggle to save her children from the venomous claws of addiction. The story takes place in the 1980’s, during a time when treatment for drug addiction was less than ideal.
Desperate and at her wits-end, thirty-five-year-old single parent, Mandy, and her well-intentioned neighbor, Maureen, decide to take matters into their own hands. However, they chose a method of treatment that was shocking for even the 1980’s. In this day in age, such an intense measure would never even be considered, because of the serious potential for violence and severe injury to anyone nearby, including family members.
Drug addiction touches just about every family in one way or another. Unfortunately, for some, addiction stabs at the family’s very core, making it a hellish existence for everyone in that circle.
What I liked most about this book, was that it illustrated, just how fast drugs can devastate a family and what exactly a parent should look for. Recognizing the early signs of substance abuse or experimentation of them, is paramount. Once addiction has taken hold of a person, treatment is usually only successful after the addict has hit their bottom.
Parents who have children trapped in the world of drugs will be able to identify with Mandy’s feeling of helplessness and remorse. The truth of the matter is, addiction is a cunning and insidious disease, and one that parents, especially those who are not street-wise, never see coming. If you know of a parent who is suffering, support them. Al-anon is their best help and tough love, unfortunately, their only answer.
~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover