The Lost Years: Surviving a Mother and Daughter's Worst Nightmare

The Lost Years: Surviving a Mother and Daughter's Worst Nightmare

The Lost Years Surviving a Mother and Daughter s Worst Nightmare A child caught in the horror of alcohol and drug addition A mother helplessly standing by unable to save her The Lost Years is the real life story of just such a mother and child each giving their fi

  • Title: The Lost Years: Surviving a Mother and Daughter's Worst Nightmare
  • Author: Kristina Wandzilak Constance Curry
  • ISBN: 9780977761814
  • Page: 101
  • Format: Paperback
  • A child caught in the horror of alcohol and drug addition A mother helplessly standing by unable to save her The Lost Years is the real life story of just such a mother and child, each giving their first hand accounts of the years lost to addiction and despair Kristina, the second of four children, tells how she turns to alcohol for comfort when she is thirteen She givA child caught in the horror of alcohol and drug addition A mother helplessly standing by unable to save her The Lost Years is the real life story of just such a mother and child, each giving their first hand accounts of the years lost to addiction and despair Kristina, the second of four children, tells how she turns to alcohol for comfort when she is thirteen She gives a brutally honest description of her descent into addiction, prostitution, burglary and violent rape until her near death on the floor of a homeless shelter completely alone at the age of twenty one Adding a heart wrenching counterpart to the story, Kristina s mother, Connie, tells of her powerlessness to help her addicted daughter, the break up of her unhappy marriage and how she comes to terms with her own co dependency She is also faced with the worst choice a mother has to make, to close the door on Kristina, sending her onto the streets in order to save herself and protect her other children Then follows the remarkable story of Kristina s recovery as she lives through rehab, her mother s tough love and the years of acclimating herself to living a normal life.

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    I COULDN'T STOP CRYINGI couldn't even see the last page, my eyes were flooded with tears. It's absolutely shocking, powerful, and uplifting. And made me want to call my mother and tell her how much I love her.

    Wow - I don't know what to say. My life paralelled Kristina's in so many ways. I admire her and her Mothers bravery. It had to be so hard to come out with all of these truths. I don't think Kristina expanded on everything - I truly believe there were some parts left out and normally this would bother me. It didn't here, maybe because she was so truthful. The writing here is so simple yet so beautiful - the emotion comes shining through which makes the simple wording so much more meaningful. My y [...]

    One of the most amazing books of this type that I've read because of its brutal honesty. A mother and daughter tell the story, in alternating chapters, of the daughter's descent into alcoholism and drug addiction as a teenager and her subsequent estrangement from her family. She escaped from rehab numerous times, she traded sex for drugs and she ultimately became homeless before overcoming her addictions when she was well into her twenties. The daughter, Kristin, holds nothing back in sharing th [...]

    Couldn't put this book down! Very scary how instantly her addiction started controlling her life. Kristina's story starts out like most curious and rebellious teens. Unfortunately, she inherited an extremely aggressive alcoholic trait that manifested her mistakes and nearly killed her. She's come along way and has an amazing story to tell!

    An excellent and compelling book about addiction from the perspective of a mother and a daughter. An AMAZING read!

    A must read for those parents whom have children suffering from addiction. Hats off to the mother for being so strong and her daughter for being so candid.

    Required reading for anyone living with an addict or alcoholicNot the best written book but brutally honest about where addiction can take family. Kristina's portion was poignant, Mom's was a bit stifled.

    Just beautiful. And so satisfying in the last few chapterseven better that Kristina is now all over the internet as a very successful interventionist, drug and alcohol councillor. Loved this book, finished it ina few hours too

    A story that is so truthful, it hurts.At first the story was slow going, but I kept on reading. It became more raw and honest, the more I read.

    Great StoryI would recommend this book to any family dealing with addictions. Setting boundaries. Very touching story of love and honesty. Becoming a hu!Mann.

    The Lost Years is a compelling, sad, and sometimes even brutal addiction novel, with a satisfying, resolving final act.

    The emotional rollercoaster this book takes you on is unlike any other. Kristina's story is so honest and shows such bravery allowing readers to learn to gain an insight view of Kristina's struggles with addiction and also how it effects each member of the family through the viewpoint of Kristina's Mom.

    It was through an addiction site that I first heard about The Lost Years. The site had posted a video of Kristina and her mom at a book store talking about their book and on impulse I borrowed it from the local library. There was something about the video. Kristina spoke briefly about her story as her mother stood a few feet away but there seemed to be more distance between the two of them then those few feet as Kristina's voice broke. Kristina regained her composure quickly but her mother remai [...]

    This book showed up as a recommended "read" on my Kindle. I had just finished reading "Beautiful Boy". "The Lost years: surviving a mother and daughter's worst nightmare" was stunning in it's honesty and emotional intensity. This story highlights how some children's internal world can completely crumble when cognitive dissonance results from hypocritical and dishonest parenting. I must applaud Kristina's ability to forgive and ultimately develop a warm relationship with her poor excuse of a fath [...]

    The Lost Years: Surviving a Mother and Daughter’s Worst Nightmare, is a non-fiction book written in graphic detail about the wrath of addiction in an ordinary California family. The book is written in dual narrative form, switching back and forth from Kristina and Constance Grant (mother and daughter) and offering stark contrasting perspectives of the same events. The book was published 13 years after Kristina began walking the road of recovery and chronicles the years that addiction claimed.T [...]

    I read this in one late afternoon/early evening sitting. It is written by a recovered drug/alcohol addict and her mother. They follow Kristina's descent (beginning at age 13) into drug and alcohol addiction, through failed rehabs and ultimate recovery while her mother describes the impact of this disaster on the rest of the family and her attempts to protect her other children. I've read other books about addiction (Beautiful Boy and Tweak for example), but this was compelling because it provide [...]

    Kristina Wandzilak and her mother Constance Curry explain the unmanagable in the book "The Lost Years." The book is a heart warming memior that will inspire you beyond belief. The mother and daughter go through what no one wants to go through. Kristina was a successful young girl who had the talent and potentioal to go far, until one night ruined ever thing. After that one night, she was slowly but surely falling in a downward spiral heading for rock bottom. Kristina wasn't the same beautiful gi [...]

    No holds barred account of a mother and daughter's experience with alcohol and drug addiction and how it affects the entire family. I like how honest each woman was and able to articulate exactly what was happening and what was thinking at all of the points over the difficult "lost years." I think many people give up hope completely when they reach the level of addiction that Kristina did and I think her story is a realistic and inspiring look at how hard but also how worth it it is to overcome [...]

    This book is an wonderful story of how a young girl slides into the very depths of the Hell of addiction , how she feels as it begins ( the worthlessness) and how it deepens into intense self loathing , , and how she receives the miraculous gift of recovery and rebuilds her life. The story is told from the viewpoint of her mom and Kristina in a back and forth fashion which is simply captivating as each explains in real time what they see and feels as this story unfolds. And through the mom's eye [...]

    I wish I had found this book soonerTo say that this is a must read for families struggling with addiction is an understatement. It is the best portrayal of the brutal reality of what addiction can do to a family as well as what hope lies in recovery. I could relate to this story as my daughter is a recovering addict and the feelings and emotions expressed throughout this story could have come directly from my own life. I liked the simplicity of the way the story was told. There are a lot of good [...]

    A chilling depiction of the rapid descent into the darkness of addiction & the long & difficult journey back to living life & being a productive person. I'm not quite sure how Kristina remembers the details that she shared from the period of time when she was so close to deathor the times when she details events from when she had been high & without sleep for several days on end. Nonetheless, I found the book to be gripping & very visceral. The book is written in such a way t [...]

    An amazingly detailed account from the lives of a mother and daughter and their relationship as an addict and an enabler. Both of their stories are told simultaneously in this book. I was extremely moved by both of their stories, I would recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with disease of addiction who knows they have a problem but are afraid they cant help themselves. Just the things Kristina was able to accomplish after getting clean and dry brought me to tears. I plan on reading i [...]

    This book is a must read for anyone with addiction in their life; whether it be a personal struggle or that of a close relative. The two authors present addiction from the daughter's perspective; as the addict; as well as from the mother's perspective. It is a heartfelt book that will take you through the depths of despair and struggle, but will ultimately help understand the perspective from both sides. Thank you to both of you. The struggle is real and it's nice that someone can openly talk ab [...]

    One of the most touching recovery memoirs I've read. There are lots of good ones out there & this may be one of the best. This mother-daughter pair will be speaking in Nashville, TN at the Cumberland Heights women's luncheon on April 1st. Looking forward to hearing them, especially since I've now read their book. Really tough story with not an ounce of self-pity and a load of hard work and honesty. I highly recommend this book for any person struggling with or touched by addiction.

    This book taught me a lot because i seen how much people can actually struggle in the world. I also got to see both perspectives of a Druggy/Alcoholic & A mothers view. I learned that the world can be a hard place to live and even though some people might think that their lives are bad or theres something wrong with it theres someone else out there with an even WORSE life. It also taught me that everything can change you just have to believe it will and hope.

    Wow, is really all I can say. The brutal honesty cuts to your core if you have faced these issues in your family. Brilliantly outlining the life story of the addict, the denial, pain, fear, hopelessness and self-loathing. Blending that with the story of the mother desperate to save her child and then slowly coming to the realization she needed to save herself first. Both amazing women and I thank them for sharing their story.

    A powerful book detailing a young womans spiral into drug and alcohol addiction and her mother's simultaneous journey of heart wrenching despair. Both mother and daughter discover a strenth within themselves that empower them to face their demons, to tackle them and then to find a way to share their lives to help others. I could not put this book down. It should be required reading for every young teen and their parents.

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