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100 Days of Memoirs to Nourish the Soul for Social Distancing Memoir Bookclub

Social Distancing Memoir Bookclub During Coronavirus Times

100 Days of Memoirs to Nourish the Soul
Off the Rails
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DAY 8: March 29, 2020

Off the Rails: One Family's Journey Through Teen Addiction

by Susan Burrowes

In this award-winning memoir, you’ll meet Hannah, a young girl who has a promising future until she suddenly spirals into sex, drugs, alcohol, and other high-risk behaviors. Off the Rails: One Family’s Journey Through Teen Addiction narrates Hannah’s decline and subsequent treatment through the raw, honest, compelling voices of Hannah and her shocked and desperate mother―each one telling her side of the story.


Fearing that they couldn’t keep their teen safe, Hannah’s parents make the agonizing

decision to send her to a wilderness program, and then to residential treatment. Off the Rails tells the story of the two tough years

Hannah spent in three separate programs―and ponders the factors that

contributed to her ultimate recovery.


Written for families facing challenges and those that wish to support them, Off the Rails is an inspiring story of love, determination, and a last-resort intervention, as a mother and daughter lose, and then try to find each

other again.

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