The Joey Song: A Mother's Story of Her Son's Addiction by Sandra SwensonThe Joey Song: A Mother's Story of Her Son's Addiction by Sandra Swenson

The Joey Song: A Mother's Story of Her Son's Addiction

bySandra Swenson

Paperback | September 9, 2014

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By the age of twenty, Joey has OD'd, attempted suicide, quit college, survived a near-fatal car accident, done time behind bars, and been kicked out of rehab. Now manipulative and hateful, the once sweet and charming Joey is long gone.This is the poignant story of a defiant addict and the mother who won't give up on him. She finally realizes that it hurts more to hang on than to let go, and that letting go is not the same thing as giving up.Sandra Swenson beautifully orchestrates a mother's lessons of love and loss, while surviving her son's addiction. Despairing parents of addicts will find comfort in this stark, yet hopeful tale.Sandra Swenson is the mother of two sons. As a member of the Junior Women's Club of Chevy Chase, Sandy created the Bistro Boyz, a program for young men from the National Center for Children and Families' Greentree Adolescent Program. She lives in Austin, Texas. By the age of twenty, Joey has OD'd, attempted suicide, quit college, survived a near-fatal car accident, done time behind bars, and been kicked out of rehab. Now manipulative and hateful, the once sweet and charming Joey is long gone.This is the poignant story of a defiant addict and the mother who won't give up on him. She finally realizes that it hurts more to hang on than to let go, and that letting go is not the same thing as giving up.Sandra Swenson beautifully orchestrates a mother's lessons of love and loss, while surviving her son's addiction. Despairing parents of addicts will find comfort in this stark, yet hopeful tale.Sandra Swenson is the mother of two sons. As a member of the Junior Women's Club of Chevy Chase, Sandy created the Bistro Boyz, a program for young men from the National Center for Children and Families' Greentree Adolescent Program. She lives in Austin, Texas. By the age of twenty, Joey has OD'd, attempted suicide, quit college, survived a near-fatal car accident, done time behind bars, and been kicked out of rehab. Now manipulative and hateful, the once sweet and charming Joey is long gone.This is the poignant story of a defiant addict and the mother who won't give up on him. She finally realizes that it hurts more to hang on than to let go, and that letting go is not the same thing as giving up.Sandra Swenson beautifully orchestrates a mother's lessons of love and loss, while surviving her son's addiction. Despairing parents of addicts will find comfort in this stark, yet hopeful tale.Sandra Swenson is the mother of two sons. As a member of the Junior Women's Club of Chevy Chase, Sandy created the Bistro Boyz, a program for young men from the National Center for Children and Families' Greentree Adolescent Program. She lives in Austin, Texas.
Sandy Swenson is the mother of two sons, one of whom is an addict.The Joey Song chronicles her journey.Bethesda Magazine featured her story in 'Letting Joey Go' in its March/April 2013 issue. As a member of the Junior Woman's Club of Chevy Chase, Sandy created the Bistro Boyz, a program for young men from the National Center for Childr...
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Title:The Joey Song: A Mother's Story of Her Son's AddictionFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:200 pages, 8.99 × 6.1 × 0.67 inShipping dimensions:8.99 × 6.1 × 0.67 inPublished:September 9, 2014Publisher:Central Recovery Press, LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1937612716

ISBN - 13:9781937612719

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Joey Song Such a raw heartfelt account of familys torment dealing with a drug addicted son. God bless the Swenson family and may they all find peace.
Date published: 2015-04-27

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THE LIBRARY JOURNALSwenson, Sandra. The Joey Song: A Mother's Story of Her Son's Addiction. Central Recovery. Sept. 2014. 200p., ISBN 9781937612719. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781937612726.PSYCHSwenson relates an honest, courageous story of her many years of struggle with her defiant, delusional, and addicted son. Instead of yet another personal memoir from a recovering addict, Swenson displays a valuable focus on how the toxic corrosion of addiction affects relationships with family and friends. She also shares how writing her story helped to release some of the pain, ventilate her anxieties, and allowed her to better manage the never-ending worries about her son's problems and his shaky future, even as he failed to realize that only he had the power to change his life. Swenson candidly admits that her son's addiction remains active and explains how she learned to refocus her efforts on other parents of loved ones suffering from substance abuse who might need help finding a path to recovery. This heartbreaking tale of a hurting family is the flip side of the usual heartwarming recovery story shared in most addicts' memoirs. Coming to grips with the reality that it hurtsmore to hang on than to let go is a watershed moment in the lives of most parents struggling with an addicted child. VERDICT: Swenson's cathartic account reveals her complex feelings about her troubled son that will connect with readers going through similar experiences in their families. - Dale Farris, Groves, TX THE LIBRARY JOURNALSwenson, Sandra. The Joey Song: A Mother's Story of Her Son's Addiction. Central Recovery. Sept. 2014. 200p., ISBN 9781937612719. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781937612726.PSYCHSwenson relates an honest, courageous story of her many years of struggle with her defiant, delusional, and addicted son. Instead of yet another personal memoir from a recovering addict, Swenson displays a valuable focus on how the toxic corrosion of addiction affects relationships with family and friends. She also shares how writing her story helped to release some of the pain, ventilate her anxieties, and allowed her to better manage the never-ending worries about her son's problems and his shaky future, even as he failed to realize that only he had the power to change his life. Swenson candidly admits that her son's addiction remains active and explains how she learned to refocus her efforts on other parents of loved ones suffering from substance abuse who might need help finding a path to recovery. This heart­breaking tale of a hurting family is the flip side of the usual heartwarming recovery story shared in most addicts' memoirs. Coming to grips with the reality that ithurts more to hang on than to let go is a water­shed moment in the lives of most parents struggling with an addicted child. ­VERDICT: Swenson's cathartic account reveals her complex feelings about her troubled son that will connect with readers going through similar experiences in their families.-Dale Farris, Groves, TX