Recently, I have been reading books related to the opioid crisis. I will be sharing some of them with you here.
Saving Jake: When Addiction Hits Home by D’Ann Burwell* is our focus for today. D’Ann recounts the story of discovering her son, Jake’s, addiction to heroin, the roller coaster of their family’s struggle and five stints with rehab to achieve recovery. Jake started experimenting with alcohol and marijuana in college, then Oxycontin which led to heroin. D’Ann shares how her middle class, smart, athletic son lost three years of his life to addiction and how this impacted their family. She offers three suggestions for other families who are involved in this battle.
Saving Jake is a recommended read for those struggling to support loved ones or wishing to know more about addiction. Addiction is a lifelong disease. Recovery is a lifelong process. D’Ann Burwell presents families with an honest picture of addiction. She demonstrates that with perseverance, resources, and support, recovery is possible. Check your local library for copies.
Lynn Saylor is an AmeriCorps member serving in the United Against Opioid Abuse Initiative through the White County United Way. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Previous articles may be found on whitecountyunitedway.org/opioids.html.
*Burwell,D’Ann. Saving Jake: When Addiction Hits Home. Los Altos, CA: FocusUp Books, 2015. Print.
Lynn Saylor is the AmeriCorps member working with the United Against Opioid Abuse Initiative alongside the White County United Way. She is a major facilitator of the United Council on Opioids serving White County and a regular contributor to local media.