Shattered: Stories of Lives Broken by Substance Abuse and How We Put the Pieces Back Together

Author:   Why Us Kids
Publisher:   Whyuskids
ISBN:  

9798988870500


Pages:   184
Publication Date:   17 November 2023
Format:   Paperback
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Shattered: Stories of Lives Broken by Substance Abuse and How We Put the Pieces Back Together is a compilation of personal narratives focused on substance abuse and how this disease has impacted our lives. Several of our writers lost loved ones to drugs and alcohol, some have dedicated their lives to helping those in need, some have battled their addictions, recovered, and come out stronger than ever, and all of us have witnessed the effects on family and friends. Shattered tackles addiction from several different angles. Each story is unique; written in that specific writer's voice, but all of us express our vulnerability, allowing the reader to dive in and feel what we experienced on the rollercoaster ride of addiction. Ten-year-old Gracie Parker lost her mother to a drug-related incident when she was six months old and then was adopted by her grandparents. Her father suffers from substance use disorder and is not present in her life. To turn her tragic situation into a positive one, she hosts mental health rallies in North Carolina and fights to keep trauma counselors in school. She founded a nonprofit organization, Why Us Kids, to raise awareness of the youth mental health crisis in our country. This book is full of inspiring stories, including those who are actively making a difference in the lives of others: Blu Robinson, a Clinical Mental Health Therapist, Substance Use Disorder Counselor, and founder of Addict II Athlete (a non-profit in Utah), wrote a powerful and moving foreword. His foundation uses sports and recreation to replace addiction. Ed Bisch, an outspoken activist, described his years-long fight against Purdue Pharma after he lost his eighteen-year-old son to an OxyContin overdose in February 2001. John Shinholser is a man who struggled with addiction for years before he realized he no longer wanted to live that life-that he wanted more for himself. He and his wife founded the McShin Foundation in Virginia, and their recovery center has helped transform many lives. Substance abuse does not discriminate. It affects every aspect of a person's life. The disease spreads like a virus, infecting everybody closest to it, but people need to know that there is hope. People have overcome the disease. We must continue to break the stigma and offer more resources, so people know where to turn to for help. The more we discuss this critical issue, the less ashamed people will feel in seeking professional treatment. This book shines a light on a dark but important subject. All book sales will go toward Why Us Kids. Thank you.

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Author:   Why Us Kids
Publisher:   Whyuskids
Imprint:   Whyuskids
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 1.00cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.254kg
ISBN:  

9798988870500


Pages:   184
Publication Date:   17 November 2023
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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"""These survivors, mourning loved ones, and dedicated professionals bring the realities of addiction to light through the book's raw and honest prose. Besides informing and educating us, Shattered brings us the deeply engaging stories of people who could have turned inward in the face of such pain, but who have chosen, instead, to speak. Their voices ring out on behalf of those whose suffering we can no longer ignore."" - Joyce Hinnefeld, author of works of literary fiction including In Hovering Flight and The Beauty of Their Youth; Emerita Professor of English at Moravian University; and Program Facilitator for Shining Light, an organization dedicated to unlocking the potential in America's prisons. ""By reading Shattered, we bear witness to diverse experiences of substance use disorder. It's a prayer-like experience to share in the writers' pains, secrets, and questions. This is more than a collection of stories: it's our history."" - Charlotte Bismuth, author of Bad Medicine: Catching New York's Deadliest Pill Pusher ""These inspired individuals have unpacked their toolkits so that readers may benefit from their wisdom and advice on how to improve the care of the addicted."" - WESLEY C. Davidson, author of the blog, When your Child is Addicted.com, and founder of the Facebook group: Kids on Drugs: Signs, Risks, and How to Get Help!"


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Gracie Parker, founder of Why Us Kids, started speaking at substance use related events when she was five years old. Gracie's accomplishments range from speaking at Truth Pharm's Trail of Truth in Washington, D.C., in September 2022 and 2023, to starting the first youth-led/youth-run Youth Mental Health Help Rally in downtown Franklin, North Carolina, on April 30, 2023. On top of all of that, Gracie was invited to speak in front of the Republican Study Committee, consisting of 60 congressmen, and at the Relatives Against Purdue Pharma rally in front of the Department of Justice in September 2023.

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