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

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

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Kristina, the second of four children, begins by telling how a little sip of vodka sipped secretly at a party her parents were giving started her on a pathway to addiction. In that instant, alcohol became her pathway to comfort. Over the next eight years she sinks further into addiction, moving on to cocaine and methamphetamines. In telling her story, she gives a brutally honest description of her addiction and crimes.

Adding a heart-wrenching counterpart, to each chapter of the book, Kristina's mother, Connie, gives a parent's picture of what was happening throughout her child's experience. She describes her powerlessness to help her addicted daughter, the breakup of her unhappy marriage, and how she comes to terms with her own codependency. She also describes the worst decision a mother ever has to make: to turn her oldest daughter out of her house, sending her onto the streets, in order to protect herself and her other children.

Then follows the remarkable story of Kristina's recovery, her mother's "tough love," and the years of acclimating herself to living a normal life. Ultimately, she reclaims herself, her place in her family, and a new and loving relationship with her mother.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781515918899
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 03/31/2017
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Kristina Wandzilak, executive director and founder of Full Circle Intervention, is a nationally recognized interventionist, presenter, and author. She has worked in the field of chemical dependency since 1994 and is a certified drug and alcohol counselor and board-registered interventionist.

Constance Curry has been in codependency recovery for many years. She has studied and tried to understand the disorder that took over her life and the lives of those she loved most. Constance has appeared on various educational speaker panels to discuss the intricate subject of addiction and family recovery.

Donna Postel is fascinated by all kinds of stories and loves telling them. From memoir and biography to literary fiction, romance, mystery, and suspense, Donna uses her innate curiosity, talent, and decades of experience on stage and in the recording studio to bring books to life.

Hillary Huber is a multiple Audie Award finalist, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner, and an AudioFile Best Voice. She has recorded close to three hundred titles, spanning many genres.

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