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Author Becker, Paula (Paula J.), author

Title A house on stilts : mothering in the age of opioid addiction, a memoir / Paula Becker
Published Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, [2019]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 218 pages)
Contents Ultrastrong -- Didn't know anything -- Chasing it -- The squat -- The accident -- Totally fucked -- Flying south -- Waiting -- Family week -- A hundred needles -- Thanksgiving -- Harm reduction -- Lights in the night -- The visit -- The climb -- Jonah -- The passport -- Flying east -- Market Street -- Runaway bunny -- Drugstore cowboy -- Love is
Summary "A House on Stilts tells the story of one woman's struggle to reclaim wholeness while mothering a son addicted to heroin. America's opioid crisis is a national emergency, a war at home. Within this battle, family members form the first line of defense. Their mission is hellishly risky: opioid overdose now kills more than 100 Americans each day, and that number is growing. Many who die are teens or young adults. In spite of this, no parent expects to be forced to confront their child's drug addiction. A House on Stilts' intensely personal account of trauma and survival is a heartbreakingly timely exploration of one family forced to grapple with America's #CrisisNextDoor. Paula Becker's son Hunter was raised in a safe nurturing home by his writer/historian mom and his physician father. He was a bright curious child. And yet, addiction found him. More than 2.5 million Americans are addicted to opioids, some half-million of these to heroin. For many of them--for Hunter--their drug addiction leads to lives of demoralization, homelessness, and constant peril. For parents--for Paula--a child's addiction upends family life, catapulting them onto a path no longer prescribed by Dr. Spock, but by Dante's Inferno. A House on Stilts recounts Hunter's headlong rush into drug addiction, its shattering impact on his family, and Paula's determination to shield Hunter's younger siblings from the maelstrom into which his addiction thrusts them all. Paula and her husband desperately fight to help their son, fearing for his life, grieving the loss of the boy they thought they knew. Within this ten-year crucible, Paula is transformed by an excruciating, inescapable truth: the difference between what she can do (love her son) and what she cannot do (save him)"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on September 18, 2019)
Subject Becker, Paula (Paula J.)
Drug addicts -- Family relationships -- United States
Heroin abuse -- United States
Mothers and sons -- United States
Mothers -- United States -- Biography
Parents of drug addicts -- United States -- Biography
Teenage boys -- United States -- Biography
Drug addicts -- Family relationships.
Heroin abuse.
Mothers and sons.
Parents of drug addicts.
Teenage boys.
United States.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019006623
ISBN 1609386604