The truth is that, regardless of who you become, you can’t change where you started.
This is something that, at one time in my life, I might have hated. Now, though, I’m incredibly grateful for it.
THICKER THAN WATER is more than just a story I wrote. It is, to an extent, a story I lived. The bigger dramatic plot twists aren’t necessarily the ones I can relate to. I’m lucky that my brother is still alive and that my mother never suffered with breast cancer. But the smaller moments and the overall struggle? That I can relate to. Better than most people know.
My brother and I are almost five years apart. It’s a strange gap – it’s too far to be exceptionally close, or at least it was for us. We both had our own struggles, but my brother went through more than I did in terms of self esteem issues and problems at school. He was young – 13 or 14 – when he started experimenting with drugs. It coincided with the time when I moved out and went away to college.
Drugs can be anything you want them to be – they can be your friends, your lover, your security blanket. They can make everything look better while they’re tearing your life apart.
But there are drugs and there are drugs – the ones that my family found to be the most problematic were opiate painkillers – pills like Oxy Contin, Percocet, and Vicodin. They were easily obtained from medicine cabinets and, later, from doctors willing to write a prescription for cash.
My story – my brother’s story – is one with a positive outcome. As of last month (I’m writing this in October 2015), he’s been sober for five years. My brother was partially forced into sobriety by the lack of availability of his drug of choice. His doctor was raided by the DEA (the nation’s drug enforcement agency) and fled the country. My brother had a dark mark on his medical records; as a patient of that corrupt doctor, he couldn’t get medical care that involved opiate painkillers.
It was a blessing and a curse – but mostly a blessing. My brother works his program. So do we – as a family, we know that supporting his sobriety is essential. This is not an individual struggle, but a family one.
My biggest goal as the author of this book is to have the opportunity to speak to other addicts, their families, and most of all their siblings. I want to talk about ways to support recovery while maintaining your own identity in the family unit. I would love to speak to teens about their experices.
If you are interested in hearing me speak, either in person or via Skype in the Classroom, please fill in the contact sheet on my contact page and I will be happy to get back to you. Below, please check out the information for THICKER THAN WATER. I greatly look forward to this book meeting the world.
THICKER THAN WATER
Available Now from Harper Teen
Cecelia Price murdered her brother, Cyrus. At least, that’s what the police are saying. So is the district attorney.
But CeCe knows the story is more complicated, that a terrible thing happened when she was trying so hard to make things right. Cyrus was addicted to prescription pain killers and had deteriorated into an angry, violent version of his former self. CeCe had no choice but to adopt a fragmented identity: part drug dealer, part honor student, part sister, part daughter.
Now, locked up and facing a murder charge, CeCe must make her lawyer understand how sometimes the best intentions lead to the worst possible outcome.