Off the rails : one family's journey through teen addiction

by Burrowes, Susan,

Format: Print Book 2018
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Braddock Carnegie Library Teen Non-Fiction YA 362.29 BUR
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In this award-winning memoir, you'll meet Hannah, a young girl who has a promising future until she suddenly spirals into sex, drugs, alcohol, and other high-risk behaviors. Off the Rails: One Family's Journey Through Teen Addiction narrates Hannah's decline and subsequent treatment through the raw, honest, compelling voices of Hannah and her shocked and desperate mother―each one telling her side of the story.

Fearing that they couldn't keep their teen safe, Hannah's parents make the agonizing decision to send her to a wilderness program, and then to residential treatment. Off the Rails tells the story of the two tough years Hannah spent in three separate programs―and ponders the factors that contributed to her ultimate recovery.

Written for families facing challenges and those that wish to support them, Off the Rails is an inspiring story of love, determination, and a last-resort intervention, as a mother and daughter lose, and then try to find each other again.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this fast-moving debut memoir, Burrowes traces her family's attempts to treat her troubled teenage daughter Hannah's drug addiction and violent behavior. After being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, cutting off the heads of her sister's stuffed animals, and accidentally overdosing on lithium, Hannah, her parents realized, required intense care. Burrowes felt her daughter, then in ninth grade, needed to be treated away from home, and she and her husband sent Hannah to a program in Utah, where she spent three months camping in the desert; she stayed in Utah to finish high school in a supervised residential home. Eventually, Burrowes and her husband learned that Hannah's behavior had been caused by ecstacy use, and that she was not bipolar; Hannah later graduated from college, but the family's "happy ending" left them "scarred and battle-weary." Each chapter is split into multiple sections, told in the present tense from both mother and daughter perspectives, though Burrowes wrote both; she notes that with Hannah's permission, she recreated events using daily journals, boxes of letters, and hours of conversation. Unfortunately, Hannah's sections don't have the same impact or sense of verity as Burrowes's. Still, the narrative remains gripping and immersive, and it successfully recounts a mother trying to understand her daughter's struggle and her own role in the recovery process. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Drug addicts -- Rehabilitation -- United States -- Biography.
Drug addiction -- Treatment.
Teenagers -- Drug use -- United States.
Drug addicts -- Family relationships.
Publisher Berkeley, CA :She Writes Press,2018
Language English
Notes Includes discussion guide.
Description 308 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781631524677
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