A Daughter's Addiction. A Mother's Love. Finding Their Way Back to Each Other.
by Christine Pisera Naman
Pub Date 04 May 2021 | Archive Date Not set
HCI Books, Health Communications Inc
A mother’s first, most basic instinct is to protect her child. Christine Naman’s daughter Natalie was the light of her life. She was a spirited child with sparkling eyes who was growing up and finding her way in the world. But by adolescence, she had ended up on the wrong road, meeting the wrong kind of people. Natalie was a full-blown addict, caught in a self-destructive spiral that was destroying her life and taking her family along for the nightmarish journey. Christine wondered how she could have missed the warning signs. Was there anything she could do to save Natalie from herself?
About Natalie tells one woman’s heartbreaking story, one that is played out in homes across the country, and reveals the rollercoaster of emotions that loving an addict unearths. There is despair and joy; denial and acceptance; rage and tranquility. Christine’s reflections as she traces her daughter’s life are interspersed with Natalie’s compelling poems that tell the unvarnished truth of her side of this struggle: “I have handcuffs on/And no one can see them/My screams are so loud /Yet no one can hear ‘em”.
By sharing the difficult days of isolation, pain, and humiliation that being the parent of an addict can bring, Naman offers comfort and consolation to others in similar circumstances. Ultimately, About Natalie is a story of loving no matter what, keeping the faith, battling hard, and getting back on the right road.
"Bold, brave, courageous, and captivating, About Natalie is Christine Naman’s masterfully written memoir of what it is like to wake up one day to find out your beautiful beloved 13-year-old little girl is a heroin addict.
This raw, often humorous, and sometimes self-deprecating personal account will take you through the twists and turns, the tragedies and triumphs, that millions of families experience each day behind closed doors while dealing with the 21st century addiction epidemic.
About Natalie is groundbreaking. It doesn’t preach or pretend to offer a panacea. Instead, it offers a refreshing, authentic look at one family’s struggle with addiction, easily the most powerful book published on the subject in the 21st century."
--Dr. Maryel McKinley PhD , CADCII Syndicated Reviewer , Addictions Expert , Former Co-Host/Co-Producer “All Talk Recovery Radio” CBS 97.1FM KLSX Los Angeles Arbitron rated #1 in Southern California