Loving an Addict

For Family and Friends of Addicted Loved Ones

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Unicorn: Addiction, Guilt and a Decision That Will Change Her Life

Scarlet has the life most only dream about—she travels the world, she makes plenty of money and she has the best friend anyone could ask for.
But, piece by piece, her world is falling apart because of her damaged family, years of resentment and her sister’s drug and alcohol addiction. Scarlet tries to keep it together, but when her sister desperately needs help, Scarlet has to make a decision that will change every part of her life. Unicorn is a story of internal struggle, choices, and a broken family.
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I wrote this story for family and friends of alcoholics and addicts. I’ve seen the destruction and pain that drug and alcohol addiction causes. I’ve experienced the crazy-making behavior addicts inflict on family and friends. But I’ve also witnessed the miracles of sobriety. Loving an addicted person is frustrating, lonely, and can lead to our own destruction. So please stay strong. –L.E. Get

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Five Stars

This book is amazing!!! I am a recovering alcoholic and have loved many folks who are addicts too! The Author did an amazing job of bringing the characters to life! I read the book in two days, and usually I am a slow reader!

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Five Stars

It can’t happen to me or my family. Yes, it can. I speak from experience. What makes a person turn to drugs or alcohol? There are so many reasons. You as a parent think you are loving that son or daughter as much as is possible. But is love enough for an addict? This is not just a problem for teens but also, young adults. Is it possible to love that person and not get hurt yourself? I don’t think so. You want to help so much, but what if that person is old enough to make his own decisions and has been for years. Addiction is like a war. It’s a war within yourself and sometimes wars are won and sometimes they are lost. What happens to those left behind? How do they deal with the loss? It’s more than just a loss from death, much more. You’re left to grieve and hurt. Everyone can tell you it will get better, but sometimes it doesn’t get any better. It’s a constant gnawing at your heart and soul. It’s not like everyone grieves the same. Everyone is different so you can’t tell someone how to face this loss. They have to find their own way. That warm, loving place in your heart and soul is left with a deep dark hole in its place. The addict can fight the disease but sometimes they get so tired of losing the battle that they can’t go on any more. Drugs and alcohol are both diseases and I’ve seen both. A person isn’t himself when drunk or high. They do and say things that are so out of character for them. This affects everyone that cares. Sisters, friends, fathers, brothers and mothers are just a few. Some people deal with the loss by being someone they aren’t. They shut out everyone that cares, really cares. Sometimes a long distance grows between family members over the loss. I’ve not been one of the fortunate few who see the person as a recovering alcoholic or drug addict. Recovery is a struggle in itself. Some can’t stay clean. Others fight the fight and win. The loss of an addict or alcoholic can devastate and sometimes destroy the people who love them. Sometimes the strength isn’t strong enough. The only thing you can really do for your loved one is BE THERE, even if it’s only over the phone. Let the person know you are there for them!!!!!! Don’t quit loving them. It’s not something you just choose to happen to you. It chooses you.

The author wrote a good book that should be read by anyone dealing with, NO, anyone at all. Just because you’re not in that place now, it could happen tomorrow or the next day. Be vigilant, there are signs.

I received a complimentary copy of UNICORN from the author, L.E. Let and PUYB in exchange for my unbiased view. No other compensation took place.