Tough Times
GenreNon Fiction / Self-help
Age Rating:PG
Submitted:Friday, 17 May 2013
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(10 ratings)
Read by:460 different readers

Drug addiction is a very big problem in New Zealand and there are no books about someone's journey of coping with this issue. Drug addiction is swept under the carpet, it is not talked about in polite society and yet it is a very real issue for many parents and families today.

This is my story, it takes you through my life from when my son was born, the ups and downs of our life, divorce, death and how drugs have affected both of us. While I was going through this there was no one else to talk to about it, until I found CADS, people were judgmental of drug addicts because they did not understand this issue.

We go through the schooling years, truancy, lying, the beginning of out of control behaviour, smoking, stealing, expulsion from school, through to going to Australia to live with a father my son hadn't seen for twelve years and how he first ended up in Juvenile detention, to coming home and becoming more heavily involved with drugs, the crime and how he ended up in prison.

It is about how I coped and found the strength to deal with these issues as each one arose, my fears, my guilt and my fight to save my son from this horror. This book has been written to give hope to other parents and families out there thinking they are alone in their situation and to offer them some hope that they will survive the devastation of drug addiction. Also to bring awareness to society and stop drug addiction being a taboo topic.

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List of chapters

Ch. 1 Introduction
Ch. 2 Addiction
Ch. 3 About Me
Ch. 4 Oz, 1st Marriage, Martin's Birth
Ch. 5 Being Home, Greg, Tairua
Ch. 6 Leaving Tairua - Coming Back
Ch. 7 Our Big Loss
Ch. 8 Repercussions - Auckland
Ch. 9 About Martin
Ch. 10 2nd Year Intermediate
Ch. 11 High School - Overseas Trip
Ch. 12 Alternative School - Finding Father
Ch. 13 Time with Father - More About Me
Ch. 14 Being Home, Trouble, Odyssey House, Leaving Home
Ch. 15 The Next Step
Ch. 16 A Year without my Son
Ch. 17 ESOL Course, Jail, Crushed Wrist, Clayton' Death
Ch. 18 Separating your child from drugs
Ch. 19 Were are we now?


T.Edwin Weldon Tuesday, 11 February 2014
Nice flow. Your story will resonate with many women.
CMneti Friday, 24 May 2013
Stephie Friday, 24 May 2013
I thought you really know how to write a good story and keep it up! If your intrested go and check out my story it's called My Feet. Tell me what you think.
Nat2013 Monday, 20 May 2013
A very personal journey shared to help others. Love the style of writing! Amazing story and I look forward to more of it.

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