D'Anne Burwell's smart, athletic son-raised in a loving and prosperous home-begins abusing OxyContin as a teenager, and within a year drops out of college, walks out of rehab, and lands homeless on the streets of Boulder. Struggling with fear, guilt, and a desperate need to protect her son, D'Anne grapples with her husband's anger and her daughter's depression as the family disease of addiction impacts them all. She discovers the terrifying links between prescription-drug abuse and skyrocketing heroin use. And she comes to understand that to save her child she must step back and allow him to fight for his own soul.
SAVING JAKE gives voice to the devastation shared by the families of addicts, and provides vital hope. Above all, it is a powerful personal story of love and redemption.
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D'Anne Burwell took a harrowing life event that would crush most - her son’s addiction to opiates - and used it as an opportunity to grow and learn about this awful epidemic ravaging the US across all socio-economic levels. Her memoir helps to break the silence around the disease and is a testament to her lionhearted love for her son and her drive to keep her family together. She has won on all fronts! It is beautifully written, an inspiring read, and should be a wake-up call to all...because her story could be yours.
D’Anne Burwell’s book, "Saving Jake," is the compelling story of her journey through her son’s heroin addiction. After a “sweet start” to her family life, she experiences shock, disbelief, and profound grief when she learns of her son’s drug uses. And Saving Jake is what Burwell sets out to do. She takes us with her as she endeavors to rescue, change and fix her son. She does everything a good mother would do to intercede for a struggling child. Yet along the way Burwell learns the hard truth that we can’t fix or change another person, nor can we “intercept pain” for someone else… much as we may want to. Burwell shows us what it looks like to do some of the hardest work a human being can do… which is to change oneself, and the hardest work a mother can do… which is to let go. Midway through the story she tells her son, “The mother you left a few months ago isn’t the same mother you’re facing right now.” Burwell’s hard-won wisdom informs us all, showing that one of the best ways to help an addicted child is to recover ourselves. Families will find help and inspiration from her very personal story, as well as the many facts on addiction she provides throughout the book. A must-read! Barbara Cofer Stoefen author, A Very Fine House