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Without Shame


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Barbara Theodosiou is a mother, activist, and the founder of The Addict's Mom, an online community where tens of thousands of mothers with addicted children can "Share Without Shame." Barbara has been widely recognized for her work as a family recovery advocate, including the receipt of a White House Champion of Change award in 2016.


"Without Shame paints a unique, often heartbreaking picture of how a child's addiction affects an entire family. Centered on Barbara Theodosiou's anguished eight-year struggle to save her son Daniel from addiction, the narrative also brings in the voices of Daniel's siblings and stepfather, who share the pain, frustration, and resentment they all experienced during those difficult years. We also hear from Daniel himself, who reveals his inner turmoil through the poems and letters he left behind. Like Theodosiou's organization, The Addict's Mom, this book will be a source of insight, comfort, and support for anyone impacted by a loved one's addiction, assuring readers that they are not alone. Although a tragic tale that's all too familiar in today's America, Without Shame is ultimately a story of a family's love and the long path to healing."--Beverly Conyers, author of Addict in the Family and Everything Changes
"Barbara Theodosiou pens a poignant memoir of her beloved son, Daniel, and his downward spiral into addiction. Theodosiou writes honestly about the roller-coaster of emotions that go along with being The Addicts Mom. Without Shame takes us behind closed doors, allowing us to see, feel, and experience the devastating impact that substance use disorders have on the entire family."--Lorelie Rozzano, author of Jagged Little Edges, Jagged Little Lies, and Jagged No More
"I am so grateful for Barbara's courage to begin The Addict's Mom (TAM) and to share her story. TAM was the first support group I ever encountered, and I remember staying up for hours enthralled with reading because I couldn't believe so many were like me. It brought me the strength of a sisterhood with people I had never met, yet connected with on a level no one can understand, unless you have been in our shoes. A few years later, I also began to share my own journey publicly, and I don't think I could have done that without being able to share without shame in TAM. Thank you, Barbara, for being a change maker in a world afraid of change."--Katie Donovan, Founder and CEO of A Mother's Addiction Journey
"In the pages of Without Shame, Barbara Theodosiou stitches together her family's stories of pain and healing--a patchwork of scars and mending hearts. Sharing patterns and perspectives, thoughts and feelings, her words wrap like an old quilt around the shoulders of other moms with addicted children, with the powerful warmth of truth and strength."--Sandy Swenson, author of Tending Dandelions and The Joey Song
"Millions of mothers struggle silently with an addicted son or daughter. In Without Shame, a candid account of the impact of addiction, Barbara pierces both silence and shame, and helps mothers know where to turn."--D'Anne Burwell, author of Saving Jake: When Addiction Hits Home

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