Addiction. A Mother’s Story

Rick’s Heart Foundation strongly believes in creating awareness for addiction: for those battling the disease and their loved ones. June Ariano – Jakes has been a long time supporter of our Foundation and we want to spread the word about this powerful book and Her story.


Addiction impacts every life, everywhere, in one way or another.
We may be the family member of a person battling addiction, or perhaps a friend, coworker, or neighbor.

Addiction: A Mother’s Story (Third Edition)
is the story of addiction through a Mother’s eyes.  It is the story of the journey of addiction with my son whom I deeply, deeply love.

As parents we search for answers and go to what might be considered unbelievable lengths to try and help our drug addicted children whom we love so much.  Over those twenty-three years I read well over 200 books and thousands of articles written primarily by doctors, psychiatrists and psychologist, addictions counselors,  and specialists in the field of addiction.  I have read several stories written by addicts in recovery.  Over the years what I perhaps needed most, was to read about addiction through the eyes of a parent.  By a mother or father whose knowledge and awareness of addiction was also accompanied by a lifetime of love, of memories, and of emotions that only a parent can know.

I sincerely hope that Addiction: A Mother’s Story helps you help yourself, your addicted loved one, and all your family by acknowledging the love and the ties that bind us while we battle this disease with our loved one.

Addiction: A Mother’s Story shows the progression of Nathan’s addiction as the chapters unfold and how that addiction played out.  How his addiction progressed to devastating and life-altering circumstances, and how it affected Nathan, our family, and myself.

Throughout Addiction: A Mother’s Story,  you will read of the many things I tried to do to help my son battle the horrific disease of addiction.  What helped, what didn’t.  What I did, what I wish I had done differently.  About effectively helping, and about enabling.  Tough love.  Hitting bottom.  Both Nathan’s and mine.  You will undoubtedly recognize your own efforts as a parent as you travel this journey with me.

I know your heart is breaking.  I hope Addiction: A Mother’s Story speaks to your  heart.   This is the story of my journey as the Mom of a hard-core addict, navigating the road of his addiction.

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