When Madeleine Dean discovered that her son Harry was stealing from the family to feed a painkiller addiction, she was days away from taking the biggest risk of her life: running for statewide office in Pennsylvania. For years, she had sensed something was wrong. Harry was losing weight and losing friends. He had lost the brightness in his eyes and voice, changing from a young boy with boundless enthusiasm to a shadow of himself, chasing something she could not see. Now her worst fears had come to light.
Under Our Roof is the story of a national crisis suffered in the intimacy of so many homes, told with incredible candor through the dual perspectives of a mother rising in politics and a son living a double life, afraid of what might happen if his secret is exposed. In this honest, bracing, yet ultimately uplifting memoir, they discuss the patterns of a family dealing with an unspoken disease, the fear that keeps addicts hiding in shame, and the moments of honesty, faith, and personal insight that led to Harry’s recovery.
In a country searching for answers to the devastating effects of opioids and drug abuse, Under Our Roof is a ray of hope in the darkness. It is not only a love story between mother and son but also an honest account of a pressing national crisis by a family poised to make a difference.
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Under Our Roof: A Son's Battle for Recovery, a Mother's Battle for Her Son: Dean, Madeleine, Cunnane, Harry: 9780593138069: Amazon.com: Books
Madeleine Dean Cunnane is an American politician and the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district. The district includes almost all of Montgomery County, a suburban county north of Philadelphia.
When asked to review this book, I did not think about it I just said yes. But after spending an afternoon with my nose in it and I did not put it down.
This is a book of hope no sad ending to this families trying times. It is a story of understanding and hope.
This is going to be the new normal I hope.
Grab a copy of this 3 star read and share it with those around hurting from drug addiction. Let them know that there is hope.
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