When her father dies, Mona's grief causes her casual drug use to spiral into heroin addiction. The teenager and her mother soon begin an anguished game of hide-and-seek leading to countless arguments, arrests, thefts, rehabs, and relapse. It's only when each of them finds a way to accept their new reality that they experience the unexpected joy and renewal that await those who decide to stop living in the bad dream of addiction.

Unflinching about the ways the disease of addiction can torpedo a family yet leavened with dollops of humor, The Bad Dream Notebook will resonate with anyone who has lived through the agony of a loved one's drug dependency.

Central Recovery Press, June 2015

The first book that gathers the cutting-edge gender-based research into addiction and recovery for women and their loved ones.

"This easy-to-follow guide provides parents with practical tools and resources, including a much-needed comparative listing of treatment centers." Michael Gurian, co-founder of the Gurian Institute and author of The Wonder of Girls

"A significant contribution to the concerns around women and addiction...with practical tips on discerning a chemical problem,finding help, as well as sensitive suggestions for greater understanding and hope. A timely reading with a balance of anecdote and research." Brenda J. Iliff, former Director of Hazelden Women's Recovery Center and author of A Woman's Guide to Recovery

To read more about my latest book, Loving Our Addicted Daughters Back to Life, please click the RED LINK in the right hand column, under Selected Works.

"This compassionate and invaluable guide will aid parents as they set out to support their addicted daughters on the journey to recovery and healing."Publishers Weekly, July 2015

"An essential addition to the literature." Library Journal , July 2015

"A very valuable and important book. As I think of the mothers who have called me over the years, I wish I'd had this resource to recommend. Any mother who is struggling to help her daughter will find Loving Our Addicted Daughters to be a gift."
Stephanie S. Covington, PhD., author of A Woman's Way through the Twelve Steps