Heroin's Puppet - Amy and Her Disease

  • by Melissa M. Weiksnar
  • Narrated by Melissa M. Weiksnar
  • 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Amy Caruso was a junior in the nursing program at Boston College and seemed to have everything going for her - brains, beauty, athleticism, career goals, a loving family, and many wonderful friends. But in November 2009, she admitted she was a heroin addict and voluntarily entered treatment. Five weeks later she died from an overdose at the treatment facility on the day after Christmas, weeks shy of her twenty-first birthday.
Melissa Weiksnar attended Wellesley College and is a graduate of MIT, Harvard Business School, and the University of Houston. After 20 years in the high-technology industry, she changed careers to high-school teaching. Since Amy died, Melissa has been telling Amy's story to school, college, community, and religious groups to help others understand how addiction is an equal opportunity disease. She and her husband have two older children and live in Massachusetts.


What the Critics Say

"Melissa Weiksnar's detailed and bravely honest account of the years leading up to her daughter's tragic death brings true insight into the challenges and angst of parenting a child suffering from addiction. Amy's words and spirit can be felt through her journal entries and allow readers to immerse themselves within the mind of a person struggling to get sober. This story is ammunition towards fighting the stereotype of the 'typical' addict and is evidence that neither a loving family, education nor socioeconomic status can save a person from the powerful grip of addiction. May this book help others to find meaning in their losses and increase awareness about the most effective ways to support a loved one with an addiction." (Sarah Allen Benton, M.S., LMHC, therapist and author of Understanding the High-Functioning Alcoholic)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Real, Helpful--and Heartbreaking

This book is amazing. If you've ever had a young family member who suffers with drug problems, Heroin's Puppet will quickly become your go-to source for information, advice, and even comfort. I don't mean to make it sound like a dry and boring reference tome; it's so much more than that.

Heroin's Puppet tells an engrossing, compelling true story--and you care about everyone involved. But you'll also find so many relatable details that you'll be repeatedly utilizing your "bookmark" button not only to mark passages, but also to write notes to yourself for further research, etc.

The author/narrator--Amy's mother--is perfect as she shares Amy's story. Her inflections and even the slightest nuances in tone make the story real and immediate.

I bought this book about a week ago, listened to it in two sittings, and have since listened--beginning to end--five times; I'm on my sixth now.

This book is simply the best Audible purchase I've ever made--and I've purchased more than 400 audiobooks. What more can I say?
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- MJ "Retired pediatric RN, voracious reader, mom to 17 year old son, occasional writer of fan fiction."

Very sad

As a former addict I am grateful my parents did not react to my addiction the way Amy's parent's did. Every choice they made it was like watching a bad horror film and thinking "No don't go in there...the monster is going to get you!!!" Yet the mother continued to make poor decision after poor decision. I just question why she decided to write about it? That breaks my heart, I feel as though her family realized this too hence the reason they did not want to participate in this book. I suppose if the mother found it cathartic to write this book then it has served a purpose. It was very hard to finish listening to this book, every choice the mother made or defense she gave for her erroneous decisions made me roll my eyes and shake my head. The only saving grace to this book was hearing Amy's voice....it brought me to tears. If you are a parent who is looking for a book to read about your child's addiction read this one with extreme caution and perhaps look at some of their actions as what not to do.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-11-2013
  • Publisher: Open Book Audio