Book Review Tuesdays: Finding Tess: A Mother’s Search for Answers in a Dopesick America by Beth Macy.

Finding Tess: A Mother’s Search for Answers in a Dopesick America by Beth Macy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I recently have gone through a situation that has touched my life regarding this subject.

I have read the authors Dopesick book and watched the series on Hulu. However, I didn’t know much about this subject until Hulu. It was strange for me because I was very interested in, yet it was always something that happens to someone else. Someone else’s family. That show opened my eyes about normal people getting hurt at work and needing pain relief and becoming addicts and ruining everything. Since my experience with someone I cared about, who is now deceased I have gone out and carry Narcan with me now. You can get them at pharmacies or local clinics. Google your state.

Okay, now that I am done with my Public Service Announcement… I found this to go more in depth with Tess’s story, however much of it was the same as the Dopesick book. I am sure that I read them in the incorrect order though. Going through the audio version, you got to hear Tess, her parents, friends, and Beth Macy via recording. I do feel that made it hit home, as it allowed you to see Tess at her good times. She really tried to be a fabulous mother.

I can’t even imagine how she ended up feeling on her last day. What happened? Did she see it coming? Did she suffer for a long time? It was so terrible for me to hear her mother cry. Her mother was always strong through both books. Her pain was so hard for me.

When I read Dopesick, if you see my review on that…You will see that I cried and cried when they found her. You followed Beth and Tess on a journey. You had hoped for a good outcome, but it did not come.

It is sad to me that there are not enough resources in the world to help them. No one wants to get involved. They just want to pretend it isn’t there. Let me tell you, it is there. It is a very hard truth to accept when faced with it. Tess’s mother had the benefit of knowing that this was happening in Tess’s life. In my situation, I did not know anything about it. I was blindsided and shocked. Keep in mind, I was not in the same town as said person, so I was not missing signs I just was not aware.

I realize that I am mixing these two stories together, however It is important for me to share that this really can touch those that you never expected. Someone who was always prim and proper and on the straight and narrow. What happened?

I would recommend listening to this via Audible because of the recordings. I feel it humanizes Tess. This is very important, if you are having trouble connecting. I found that I connected with her mother, so this allowed me to connect with Tess. When I posted the Dopesick review on my blog, I looked up Beth’s picture and added it. I wanted people to see her face. She the light that she once was. This is such a heartbreaking story.

I wanted to give a shout out to Tess’s grandfather for always continuing to not give up on her and paying for numerous rehabs. One of the problems is that when they decide to be clean, there are no openings in the programs. There has got to be a better way. Had there been a bed available, would she have made it? If history repeats itself, no. She goes back to the bad influences instead of her mom’s house with rules and ends up back on her drug of choice.

There is a coach (former addict) that comes on and gives and excellent description of what drugs do to your brain, and how they hook you. It was fascinating. I would write it all out, but I am hoping you might take a listen to the story.



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