Unstitched: My Journey to Understand Opioid Addiction and How People and Communities Can Heal (Paperback)

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This thought-provoking book, part memoir and part sociological tract, was written by a librarian in a small Vermont town who was rightfully concerned when someone was routinely breaking into the library building. Suspicion fell upon a local man who had a history of drug abuse. After his suicide, she is haunted by the feeling that she should have done more to reach out to the troubled man. She embarks upon a personal crusade to better understand the causes of addiction and the treatments that are available to aid those caught in its web. This is a dark look at the Green Mountain State, where the profusion of drugs cast a long, tragic shadow over bucolic settings of pristine snowfalls and bright autumn leaves. — Alden Graves

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What if society looked at addiction without judgement?
 
Unstitched shares the powerful story of one librarian’s quest to understand the impact of addiction fed by stigma and inevitable secrecy.


The opioid epidemic has hit people in communities large and small and across all socio-economic classes. What should each of us know about it, and do about it?
 
Unstitched moves readers from feelings of helplessness and blame into empathy, ultimately helping friends, family, and community members separate the disease of addiction from the person underneath.

A stranger, rumored to be a heroin addict, repeatedly breaks into the small-town library Brett Ann Stanciu runs. After she tries to get law enforcement to take meaningful action against him—elementary school children and young parents with babies frequent the place after all—he dies by suicide. When she realizes how little she knows about opioid misuse, she sets out on a mission, seeking insight from others, such as people in recovery, treatment providers, the town police chief, and Vermont's US attorney.
 
Stanciu’s journey leads to compassionate generosity, renewed faith, and ultimately a measure of personal redemption as she realizes she has a role to play in helping the people of her community stitch themselves back together.

About the Author


Librarian Brett Ann Stanciu is a graduate of Marlboro College and recipient of a Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant. Her novel Hidden View, published in 2015, portrays the challenges of family and hardscrabble farming, loss, and the possibility of redemption. She lives in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont with her family.

Praise For…


“…A compelling read, and an important one.”Literary North

 “This is a deeply compassionate and extremely important book” — The Deerfield Valley News




Product Details
ISBN: 9781586422691
ISBN-10: 1586422693
Publisher: Steerforth
Publication Date: September 14th, 2021
Pages: 224
Language: English