Lost Years: Surviving a Mother and Daughter's Worst Nightmare

Lost Years: Surviving a Mother and Daughter's Worst Nightmare

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by Kristina Wandzilak, Constance Curry
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0977761819

ISBN-13: 9780977761814

Pub. Date: 10/25/2006

Publisher: Jeffers Press

A child caught in the horror of alcohol and drug addition. A mother helplessly standing by unable to save her. The Lost Years is the real life story of just such a mother and child, each giving their first-hand accounts of the years lost to addiction and despair. Kristina, the second of four children, tells how she turns to alcohol for comfort when she is thirteen.

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A child caught in the horror of alcohol and drug addition. A mother helplessly standing by unable to save her. The Lost Years is the real life story of just such a mother and child, each giving their first-hand accounts of the years lost to addiction and despair. Kristina, the second of four children, tells how she turns to alcohol for comfort when she is thirteen. She gives a brutally honest description of her descent into addiction, prostitution, burglary and violent rape until her near death on the floor of a homeless shelter completely alone at the age of twenty-one. Adding a heart-wrenching counterpart to the story, Kristina's mother, Connie, tells of her powerlessness to help her addicted daughter, the break-up of her unhappy marriage and how she comes to terms with her own co-dependency. She is also faced with the worst choice a mother has to make, to close the door on Kristina, sending her onto the streets in order to save herself and protect her other children. Then follows the remarkable story of Kristina's recovery as she lives through rehab, her mother's tough love and the years of acclimating herself to living a normal life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780977761814
Publisher:
Jeffers Press
Publication date:
10/25/2006
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
136,373
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.82(d)

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Lost Years 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased the book after watching Addictions on TLC and found it difficult to put down. It is an inspiring account of how quickly one can fall into addiction, survive and decide to recover. As the mother of a teenage daughter and pre-teen twins, I am concerned about preventing my children from falling into substance abuse. I am a true believer in using education as prevention. My 15 year old is currently reading the book and told me she wishes all kids her age would read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book reached into my heart and laid bare my life for the past 30 years. It was healing and hopeful for me. My daughter has struggled with this disease for years and I pray our outcome will be similar. However, I will love her forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Told from the complementary perspectives of an addict and her mother, The Lost Years is a rich chronicle of drug and alcohol addiction and recovery from those addictions. Kristina Wandziak describes her long, painful slide into addiction, crime and life on the streets. Constance Curry, Kristina's mother, describes the denial and co-dependence by which she unwittingly, and certainly unwillingly, facilitated her daughter's addictions. Together, these joint accounts reveal the personal and familial complexities that contribute to and derive from addiction. The Lost Years is a gritty, often grim, account of the horrors of addiction. More importantly, though, it is a book about hope and redemption. Kristina can never relive the years of her youth that she wasted on drugs, alcohol and crime. Constance can never recover the sleepless nights she lost wondering if her daughter was alive, warm or safe. Nevertheless, both of them have moved beyond addiction and its effects, beyond the trials of recovery, to lives of contentment, fulfillment and purpose. That inspirational message is the reason this book should be read by anyone whose life is affected by the tragedy of addiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heartbreaking & Inspirational, Best book I ever read
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Read this book in less than 24 hours. Gives a scary look at the life of a drug addict and how her life changed.
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Im in recovery as well going on 7 months and this girls story is really moving. I was about her age as well going into AA. Im now 24 and living a better life. Awesome book.
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amazing book. gives you hope.
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