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A House on Stilts: Mothering in the Age of Opioid Addiction
by Paula Becker
University of Iowa Press, 2019
Paper: 978-1-60938-659-7 | eISBN: 978-1-60938-660-3
Library of Congress Classification HV5822.H4
Dewey Decimal Classification 362.2933092

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
A House on Stilts tells the story of one woman’s struggle to reclaim wholeness while mothering a son addicted to opioids. Paula Becker’s son Hunter was raised in a safe, nurturing home by his writer/historian mom and his physician father. He was a bright, curious child. And yet, addiction found him.

More than 2.5 million Americans are addicted to opioids, some half-million of these to heroin. For many of them, their drug addiction leads to lives of demoralization, homelessness, and constant peril. For parents, a child’s addiction upends family life, catapulting them onto a path no longer prescribed by Dr. Spock, but by Dante’s Inferno. Within this ten-year crucible, Paula is transformed by an excruciating, inescapable truth: the difference between what she can do and what she cannot do.

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