The Joey Song

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Illuminates the hard truth sometimes addicts don’t recover. However, with love and faith, their families can.

SKU: 978-1-937612-71-9 Categories: , , , Product ID: 3246
Pages: 2224
Format: paperback
“With exceptional insight and honesty, Sandy Swenson has diligently documented the roller coaster ride too many families go on with their addicted offspring.  Mothers will recognize themselves in her tenacious fight to save her child; her exceptionally descriptive portrayal of a family in crisis will feel familiar.  The tears will flow with each of Joey’s crashes and hope will blossom with each of Joey’s forays into the recovery world.  The redemption is Sandy’s as she finds peace in “accepting the things she can not change.”   This will be in the bookshelf of every family touched by addictive illness – and that means everybody.” –Julia Negron, C.A.S., Addiction Specialist / Activist  
“A powerful story of love and addiction, The Joey Song is a glimpse into a world too many people don’t talk about. The reader is carried alongside Sandy Swenson as she comes to understand that her teenaged son is struggling with addiction, through overdoses and hospitals and rehabs, and, finally, Letting Go. Honest and heart wrenching and unexpectedly hopeful, this is a must read for anyone who loves an addict.” –Barbara Theodosiou, founder of The Addict’s Mom (TAM)

Description

There can be recovery, even if it doesn’t happen within the addict. Sandy lives where love and addiction meet–a place where help enables and hope hurts. When addiction steals her son, Sandy fights for his survival, trying to stay on the right side of an invisible line between helping him to live and helping him to die. By age 20, Joey overdoses, attempts suicide, quits college, survives a near-fatal car accident, does time behind bars, and is kicked out of rehab more than once. Increasingly manipulative, delusional, and hateful, the sweet Joey from childhood is lost to the addict wearing his face. Working with an interventionist, a judge, and tracking Joey’s movements online, Sandy does what she can to save Joey from himself until it hurts more to hang on than it hurts to let go. Through Family Programs, Al-Anon, reading, and learning from her mistakes, Sandy discovers that sometimes love means doing nothing, and that Letting Go is not the same thing as giving up. She also learns that she needs to work on surviving her son’s addiction while coming to terms with the fact that he may not.

Years pass. Friends and family no longer ask about Joey; they no longer know what to say. Joey is not in recovery, but Sandy works on hers, trying to keep the poison that is consuming Joey from destroying the rest of her family and her life. She starts a program to teach young men living in a group home how to budget, grocery shop, and cook, hoping that someone will someday help her own son in some way that she cannot. As in the song she sang to him so many times, Sandy keeps Joey down in her heart to stay. There is a place in her life that is exactly his size. One she hopes he will someday want to fill.

This is the poignant story of a defiant addict and the mother who won’t give up on him. She finally realizes that it hurts more to hang on than to let go, and that letting go is not the same thing as giving up. Sandra Swenson beautifully orchestrates a mother’s lessons of love and loss, while surviving her son’s addiction.

Additional information

Weight 10 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 2 in

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