Sheryl Letzgus McGinnis, with Heiko Ganzer,
I am Your Disease:
The Many Faces of Addiction

(Outskirts, 2006)

Sheryl Letzgus McGinnis is a loving wife and mom to her remaining son. Heiko Ganzer is a clinical social worker, certified addictions specialist and relationship therapist.

Their book is about the disease of addiction, a big issue that kills. It is a shocking account of true stories that highlight drug use and death. Emphasis is drawn to the fact that those young drug-addicted kids can be found in people from all walks of life, showing that drug addiction is an everyday problem that makes no discrimination among people.

Can we stop this fatal abuse? Certainly, there is a way, and I am Your Disease: The Many Faces of Addiction is the perfect gift to any family with kids. Written in a simple, everyday style, the stories included here will touch readers' hearts and motivate them to react to drug abuse surrounding them. Though this book is only a small step towards the elimination of a huge drug problem, it is nonetheless a valuable read for everyone. Including a combination of true stories and poetry, I am Your Disease is moving, true and shocking all the way through.

At the back of the book there is a section on Internet grief-support sites that may be useful to those interested. I hope this book is read widely and helps those who are considering trying or have already tried drugs.

book review by
Liana Metal

18 December 2010

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