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A Mother's Story of Her Son's Addiction

Book - 2009
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During his early teens, Jeff Bratton started using drugs. At first, alcohol and pot, but quickly he spiraled into using cocaine, ketamine, crystal meth and eventually heroin.

How could this wonderful son, loving brother, and star athlete lose himself to drugs? How could his parents be so clueless? How could his mother, the long-term head of a private school, be so blind? 

"Stagli vicino", an Italian recovering addict told the author. "Stay close--never leave him, even when he is most unlovable." This is not a book about saving a child. It is a book about what it means to stay close to a loved one gripped by addiction. It is about one son who came home and one mother who never gave up hope.

Stay Close is one mother's tough, honest, and intimate tale that chronicles her son's severe drug addiction, as it corroded all relationships from the inside out. It is a story of deep trauma and deep despair, but also of deep hope--and healing.

Here is Libby Cataldi's story about dealing with addiction without withdrawing love, learning to trust again while remaining attuned to lies, and the cautious triumph of staying clean one day at a time. 

He told her, "Mom, never quit believing." And she didn't.


Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312538781
Branch Call Number: 362.291 C28s
Characteristics: x, 306 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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Apr 06, 2013

I found this book very helpful from a parents perspective in understanding addiction. I was reminded about remaining compassionate and patient with our kids as they grow up and navigate the treacherous times of young adulthood. Thank you Libby.

Mar 24, 2013

I really enjoyed this book. Libby writes about her struggles and her family's struggles with her son's addiction. Coming from a mother's perspective was eye opening and offered lots of hope. I found the book encouraging to those families that have or are going through life with a family member's addiction. Very quick read. The afterword was very helpful as well.

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