Resources For Parents

(recommended books at bottom of page)

What I Wish My Family and Friends Could Understand by notmyboy

GRASP (Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing)

12 Step Family

"I Miss You Heroin" (From an addict's perspective)

For Parents of Teens and Young Adults 

Confessions of a Teen Addict

I Am Your Disease

DADD (Dad's Against Drug Dealer's)

Mother's of Addicts United

Families Act


Product DetailsThe Heroin Diaries, by Nikki Sixx.  This book is not for the faint of heart or those easily offended.  But, I felt like this is the book that took me inside the mind of an addict and helped me more than anything else understand what it was like for my son.

Product DetailsBeautiful Boy, by David Sheff.  I read this before my son was an addict and am glad I did.  As I read it I felt so bad for the family, a lot of compassion toward them.  I never considered it would one day be me in their shoes.  Excellent book, and the books his son have written are good too.

Why Don't They Just Quit, by Joe Herzanek.  EXCELLENT book that explains what addiction does to a person, why is their use so compulsive and hard to quit?  Good all around resource on addiction.

 Pleasure Unwoven, by Kevin McCauley.  This is a MUST SEE DVD!  It answers the question "Is Addiction Really a Disease?"   Before I saw this, I was not convinced it was.  Now I know it is.

Don't Let Your Kids Kill You: A Guide for Parents of Drug and Alcohol Addicted ChildrenDon't Let Your Kids Kill You, by Charles Rubin.  When a family is affected by addiction each member of the family suffers.  For parents, it may feel like your life has come to an end because it is consumed with worry, anger, decisions, helplessness, frustration....all relating to the addict.  This book is written by a father who's been there, not a psychologist who is sharing a theory.  Its good stuff!

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