Tag Archive | Drug Addiction

**Things Fall Apart**by Tracy Black

Things Fall Apart

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

*All Fall Down* by Jennifer Weiner* 5-star Book about a Woman’s Struggle with Drug Addiction

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All Fall Down, by Jennifer Weiner, is an intriguing story of a woman’s struggle to stay afloat while the seductive lure of opiate bliss and oblivion, enticed and entrapped her.

Allison Weiss was a middle age career woman living in a wealthy suburban community, with her husband and daughter when she sustained a back injury at the gym. Becoming a drug addict was the furthest thing on Allison’s mind that day. Her slip into the drug world occurred after she received a prescription for pain medication and found that it did so much more than just ease the pain in her back. Percocet was not only an analgesic to Allison; it became her miracle drug, her lifesaver and her ultimate enemy.

Allison continued to seek out her miracle drug long after her back injury had healed. She discovered that when she took the drug, not only did the sting from her husband’s absence in her bed lessen, but she had more patience with her challenging and high-strung daughter. To Allison, this narcotic drug was a soothing balm for her emotional pain and frayed nerves. She even found that it helped in her writing career, words and ideas flowed effortlessly from her mind to the keyboard for her blog. And once Alison had tasted the sweet euphoric bliss of opiate oblivion, she chased it with gumption on a daily basis.

The problem with addiction is that it never stays the same; once the body develops a tolerance, it takes more and more of the drug to achieve the same effect. And like many drug addicts, Allison soon found herself crossing the line into criminal and illegal activity to obtain her fix.
Allison Weiss didn’t see herself as a true addict because her fix didn’t come from street drugs but from prescriptions. The fact that she had to cycle through several doctors to get them, and then order online when her physician sources failed, was irrelevant. But when Allison ended up in an AA meeting sitting between a homeless person and a lawyer, she realized that addiction was no respecter of persons and that it was indeed an equal opportunity destroyer.

Jennifer Weiner in All Fall Down did an excellent and accurate job in describing a person’s descent into addiction. She also made this thought-provoking book a delightful read by adding humor and witty dialogue to it. The only part of the book that I found a bit unrealistic was the rehab piece, but it didn’t take away from the story itself. I highly recommend giving this book a read.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover