4 out of 4 stars
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At the tender age of 15 years, Patricia Streets’ son, David, had an accident that led to him having one of his toes cut off. The hospital administered morphine to relieve the physical pain of the amputation, and that was how he was introduced to opiates. He began experimenting with other drugs and settled on heroin as his drug of choice in his twenties.
David loved writing and desired to become a published author. Throughout the years, he wrote short stories and journaled regularly. His journal entries are featured in the first part of this book alongside Streets’ experiences. The second and final part of the book comprises David’s short stories. Patricia wrote this book to share the day-to-day struggles that she, David, and the rest of the family went through because of David’s addiction. She used this book as her grieving outlet. She wrote it to find closure and honor his late beloved son, David.
The impact of substance abuse is not limited to the abuser only. Substance abuse affects family members, communities, and nations. This book offers a glimpse into the life of an addict and their immediate family. Imagine your child being expelled at school for almost killing another pupil or being called by your child in the middle of the night, begging you to pick them up after being kicked out. How about having to attend court cases so much that you lose count? This was Patricia Streets’ reality. In the book titled The Last Stop, she shares her and her son’s story.
The book has many positive aspects; it is authentic and unfiltered. The author shared the good, the bad, and the ugly. She laid it all bare for readers to learn from her successes and shortcomings as a parent of a child who abused drugs. Readers are exposed to the innermost thoughts and struggles of an addict through his own words. This vulnerability drew me closer and caused me to reflect. There was nothing to dislike about this insightful book, and I am delighted to award it a rating of 4 out of 4 stars.
The editing of the book was impeccable, and I was thoroughly impressed as I only found one typographical error in this 494-page offering. The book contains sexual and violent scenes. However, they are not graphic or overly detailed. The language used is mostly clean, with a few profane words.
This book is written from interesting viewpoints and shares real people’s experiences. It is relatable, informative, and offers guidance and pointers to parents, guardians, and addicted individuals. I strongly recommend it to parents of addicts, as they will find comfort and hopefully learn how to overcome their predicaments. Individuals who are currently battling with addictions will also find this book beneficial.
The Last Stop
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