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Dancing On A Razor's Edge

M. Whyte


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PUBLISHED: 12th September 2018
ISBN: 9780995110700
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A mother decides to write the story of her son's long-term methamphetamine addiction as a means to understand why he became an addict and how she can help him.
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  • Paperback
    $26.60
PUBLISHED: 12th September 2018
ISBN: 9780995110700
ANNOTATION:
A mother decides to write the story of her son's long-term methamphetamine addiction as a means to understand why he became an addict and how she can help him.

Annotation

A mother decides to write the story of her son's long-term methamphetamine addiction as a means to understand why he became an addict and how she can help him.

Publisher Description

A mother decides to write the story of her son's long-term methamphetamine addiction as a means to understand why he became an addict and how she can help him. Discovering the true extent of his use and the likely result of permanent psychosis, prison or death, she launches a rescue mission to save his life.

With the courage to follow her instincts, Mandy Whyte is able to get her malnourished and brain-damaged Kiwi-born son, Hemi, from his new base in Australia to hers in Indonesia, and provide home care that turns him around. This is a book about tenacity and love. It also explores the limits of care available for drug addicts in New Zealand and Australia, and challenges the idea that it's up to these people to find their own way to treatment. Whyte declares any other approach is both socially negligent and a violation of human rights.

As our families, health services and courts try to come to grips with the scourge of crystal meth that is devastating so many lives, Dancing on a Razor's Edge is a must read.

Author Biography

Mandy Whyte is a New Zealander who has worked for thirty years advising and managing aid and development programmes in the Pacific and Indonesia, and currently in the Solomon Islands. She was brought up in Taranaki but her New Zealand base is now on the Kapiti Coast. She is married to Opan and has one son.

Review

"Every addiction worker in Australasia would do well to read this book for the descriptions of this mother's determined struggle to do the best for her addicted son, her fraught attempts to access the services she needs, and her criticism of a system that demands people take personal responsibility for their addictions when they are often unable to do so." -Doug Sellman, Director, National Addiction Centre, New Zealand

Product Details

Author
M. Whyte
Publisher
The Cuba Press
ISBN-10
0995110700
ISBN-13
9780995110700
Format
Paperback
Country of Publication
New Zealand
Pages
276
Year
2018
Subtitle
A mother's mission to rescue her meth-addicted son
Illustrations
4 pages of colour photographs
Publication Date
2018-09-12

Product Reviews

13 Feb, 2019
Interesting book that was not too hard to read dealing with a very difficult subject.
The author was very hard on herself all the way though. I give her 200% for effort as most of us would stick our heads in the sand and ignore the problem. Mandy did not give up.
I originally bought the book to give to one of my sister's whose son has a drug problem but I haven't yet as the topic becomes very hush-hush which I think is a shame. I will pass on to my other sister who belongs to a book club and likes to read and maybe it will get to the sister than needs it when she is ready to read it.
By Natalie