Thin Wire is an honest and intimate account of heroin addiction told by both
mother and daughter. Amber is introduced to drugs and becomes addicted without
her mother’s knowledge. She meets a dealer who feeds her habit. Whilst living
together, they are raided by the police. Bailed to her mother’s address with a
£200-a-day addiction, Amber doesn’t think her family will accept her back when
they discover the truth. When she’s charged by the police with dealing class A
drugs and accepting stolen goods, she fears she’ll go to prison. Trying to feed
her habit alone, Amber meets a fellow addict who offers to introduce her to
prostitution. The prospect terrifies her, but will her mother help her?
unflinching story that looks at drug addiction from two sides. The book’s
concluding section offers two sets of personal guidelines; one for addicts, the
other for parents or partners of addicts, while the in-depth, harrowing real
life story vividly illustrates the difficulties of overcoming addiction. In a
society where 50% of teenagers experiment with drugs, Amber is every mother’s
child. She could be yours.
My Review; A bit of a spoiler also. (beware if you haven’t read the book)
I thought this book was honestly going to be mind blowing, A absolute page turner, which i did read it in 2 and a half days. But not because of what I just wrote because it was interested to see of anything would change, get better as the book went on. It didn’t!
It really starts with the mother telling the story of How her daughter at a very young age was always rebellious and getting kicked out of schools and her father never being around , the mother always at work throughout her childhood years. Then the Mother and her cancer she is diagnosed with and what she goes through, how she conquers it and comes back but it really always afraid it will come back and she will die. what her children will do without her, they will grow up with no mother. these are the children she has now, that she just loves so much , make her life worth living, not like when she had Amber her 1st child she raised alone. worked all the time, didn’t have time for , No this is different now she has a loving husband she is not alone in this.
Then finally it goes on to tell the story of her daughter who is mixed up with the wrong guy , she never picks any that are worthy of her. But she is happy. It goes on to tell you how she is a addict, a heroin addict, she has a habit which 200lbs a day, amounts to about $310 American money. she is living with this guy and they get raided he is a dealer so she was always takin care of. now this is suppose to be a true story;
she spends 2 days in jail the police call her step father, she never calls her mother, she feels she can’t her mother will never understand her addiction to heroin. she was a unwanted child anyways. this is how she thinks. but she is bailed out to live with her mother and step father. The police bring her home only to take her back over to the raided house to get the car, she will return immediately. yeah she returns al stoned out of her mind.
Now this is what I have a problem with. The police bail her out to her mother, bring her home, just to take her again to go get her car. No mother who just finds out their daughter is a heroin addict is going to let her go anywhere. Also why would the police bring her home just to take her again to get her car, wouldn’t they have just done that in the 1st place or not at all? The mother is like perfectly ok with this all. her daughters a junkie, she is handling it just fine. she steps around her, doesn’t know what to say, she will come to her , she thinks, she will wait. finally when she is lead to almost prostitute herself out does she fun home crying saying she needs help now. No rehab, he mother finds her a opiate blocker, buys that but you have to be clean 72 hours before you can take it.. then they go to a room for 2 days for her to detox cold turkey. She gets her some sleeping pills, allows her to buy some valium form a dealer.
Now I think this is all bullshit, from personal experience in heroin addictions this cold never happen. I mean unless you want to e in so much pain you’d rather die. their is no way some valium and 2 sleeping pills a night are getting you through this gut wrenching ordeal. this is the flu X100. the leg cramps, the vomiting, it comes from both ends at the dame time, the cold sweats, the leg gitters where you can’t keep still. the stomach cramps alone are enough to make you want to die when you are puking up your stomach lining. And the Goosebumps that you actually get on your face and all over your body. your hot and cold at the same time. nothing can touch you cause it hurts. a simple sheet will make you feel like you want to crawl out of your own skin it hurts so bad just to the touch. The never ending can’t sleep alone will drive you crazy. but no not in this book 72 hrs. later she is good to go. she can go on the blocker now its just a mind fuck game. she just can’t get “the monkey off her back” so to speak. now granted she was only “chasing the dragon’ not “banging” and sometimes the withdraw is not as bad but it is still the same. and this girl goes threw withdraw like 3 or 4 times in this book and the last few times she never takes anything to get threw it. Impossible! the 1st time was impossible. and better yet when she was in jail for the 2 days it wasn’t so bad cause she knew she just couldn’t get it. NO! That’s just all bullshit again.
I kept reading this book, only because I had to know, the only thing I came out fit as true was when her best friend finally OD’d and died and it made her think twice and she wanted to stay clean after that and did. Also how her and her BFF were hanging out and this dude who was their friend. sure 2 addicts can not hang out. not when one is trying to be clean and the other was suppose to be clean but I couldn’t tell. he used all the time. But that’s what happens people, place and things needs to be applied when you are getting clean when you are clean and to live your life out right. until you are so stable that it never crosses your mind again and this could take years for a person. I never once heard her mother suggest NA or AA Not even the guy who was from some group that took drug test for her when she was going to go to court for her charges, which she luckily got out of on probation of some sort. now come on if her mother did any research on the subject she would have found that to be one of the 1st things you do after getting clean. Not be this perfect mom who the girl runs to for support and she is her only support system. she acts like she is a 5 year old following her around the house and that’s all she needs to stay clean her mother to hold her hand basically.
I’m sorry but I can not believe this book is true by any means. maybe parts of it are true but it has to have more to the story that was just left out or something. This cannot be a true account of everything this girl did to obtain drugs with the amount of her daily habit. Besides her lying and running around and the raid, a bit of stealing much not much she was made out to be a angel heroin addict. And the mother so understand and babying her because she knows her childhood was not great, she was not there for her like she should have been, she had no father figure..blah blah blah… and she could have died from cancer so it could be so much worse. Are you kidding me! This book reminds me of “A Million Tiny Little Pieces”. A Lie, if not total, mostly.
The only reason I 4 stared it was because it is well written I seen no mistakes but it was obviously not well thought out if it is true then they need to rewrite this book and tell the truth. The complete truth. If you can’t do that then you have no business writing about your addiction because we all know , those of us who know about any kind of addiction, you will go beyond the limits yes cross that” thin wire” and do what you have to, to get your love of your life, that poison that’s makes it all better, life worth living, your drug of choice.