Synopsis: Raven Ruthe (not her real name) has spent more than two decades helping her daughter to battle a severe drug addiction which made life for both of them a living hell. Only as she approached her forties, with the help of her mother’s unceasing love, courage and faith in God, was her daughter finally able to settle into recovery, but the experience has left scars on the whole family. Raven has written this book to paint a vivid picture of the horrors of addiction and to help fellow suffering families to find the light at the end of a very long tunnel.
Disclaimer: I don’t expect people to agree with my review of this book which is fine cause everyone has different opinions on this subject.
Definition of Disease: A disease is a particular abnormal condition that negatively affects the structure or function of all or part of an organism, and that is not due to any immediate external injury. Diseases are often known to be medical conditions that are associated with specific signs and symptoms.
I don’t consider addiction to be a disease because you can choose not to let opioids control your mind and you can choose to say no to drugs and alcohol. Addicts do run in my family but its a mental/behavioral issue not a medical issue. I was actually born with multiple chronic diseases that I didn’t ask to be born with but I did and do choose not to drink and do drugs. I have talked with a recovering/former drug addict and he told me himself that addiction is not a disease its a choice.