• A House on Stilts

  • Mothering in the Age of Opioid Addiction
  • By: Paula Becker
  • Narrated by: Paula Becker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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A House on Stilts tells the story of one woman’s struggle to reclaim wholeness while mothering a son addicted to opioids. Paula Becker’s son, Hunter, was raised in a safe, nurturing home by his writer/historian mom and his physician father. He was a bright, curious child. And yet, addiction found him.

More than 2.5 million Americans are addicted to opioids, some half million of these to heroin. For many of them, their drug addiction leads to lives of demoralization, homelessness, and constant peril. For parents, a child’s addiction upends family life, catapulting them onto a path no longer prescribed by Dr. Spock but by Dante’s Inferno. Within this 10-year crucible, Paula is transformed by an excruciating, inescapable truth: the difference between what she can do and what she cannot do.

©2019 Paula Becker (P)2019 Post Hypnotic Press Inc.

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Thank you so much

Thank you so very much for this book.
I loved it…I can relate completely…I felt like this was my story. My son is now 33 and in a year long treatment program. I cried so much . Thank you again.

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Jaw dropping

A very emotional story very beautifully written. Listened to the whole thing in only a few days, hugging my baby boy tighter with each chapter. Heartbreaking story but one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.

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very important to read if you have children

Could not put this book down. Thank you Paula for your honesty and bravery. We have just recently sent our son to a therapeutic boarding school, a terribly difficult decision. The parallels with his life and Hunter's around chapter 5 are so similar. Reading this book helps me to feel that we made the right decision. Act now, don't wait. It can happen to anyone and once it happens there is nothing to be done by us. We are still in the love does phase and hope we can stay there.

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Very touching story. I highly recommend it.

As a family addiction counselor, I hear stories about how addiction impacts families every day, but this book really touched my heart. The author does an excellent job of unfolding the emotional journey of a parent coming to terms their a child's addiction, I also really liked that the book is read by the author herself. If you've ever had a loved one struggling with addiction, you will really connect with the journey of this mother (the helplessness, the fear, the frustration). Get this book, you won't regret it!