My Name is Erin, and My Mom’s an Addict

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By Amy Voltaire

My Name is Erin, and My Mom's an Addict

Raised by her grandparents when her mother chooses drugs over her daughter, Erin knows she isn't like other kids. Then her world is shaken a second time by her mother's reappearance.

Are you the child of an addict?
Do you wonder if it’s your fault your parent or loved one uses or drinks?
Do you ride the emotional roller coaster of anger, fear, and depression over the effects on your life?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, Amy Voltaire’s book is for you. With honesty and transparency, she shares about the everyday, normal people who became addicts 'because of making stupid choices.'

She faces the reality of the ripple effect of drugs: “Addiction ruins lives and tears families apart. Everyone involved suffers.” And most of all, she offers the reader hope.

~Yvonne Ortega, LPC, LSATP, CCDVC
Licensed Professional Counselor,
Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner,
Clinically Certified Domestic Violence Counselor


"This gripping novel takes a topic that is ripped from the headlines—opioid addiction—and handles it skillfully in an age-appropriate way. Erin is a girl like any other, navigating adolescence, school, and crushes, who happens to be estranged from her addicted mother. Her narration is refreshingly honest, mixing humor with anger and pain, making her real and relatable. I highly recommend this book to all young-adult readers, because it offers no easy answers. The author is brave enough to embrace the gray area between hope and despair to show that in the end, no one is ever truly alone: family comes in many forms, and the past does not have to control the future."

Erika St. Dennis, Master of Teaching
Middle School teacher

"A beautiful story about an ugly problem facing too many young people today. This roller coaster ride lifts the curtain on the ups and downs experienced by a tough, smart, and somewhat innocent teen whose mom is an addict. Raw and real, this story will draw you in and won’t let you go until you are sure Erin is going to be okay.

"I am getting this book for every young person I know."


Jerry Jutras
Pastor, Faith Fellowship Church

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