In Black America Podcast: Sweat: A Practical Plan for Keeping Your Heart Intact While Loving an Addict
On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Denise Krochta, author of Sweat: A Practical Plan for Keeping Your Heart Intact While Loving an Addict. Millions of people know the chaos that occurs in the daily lives of those who love addicts and alcoholics. When you love someone who has an addiction, fear, frustration, anxiety, distraction and depression take over and become a way of life. When Krochta discovered her youngest son was addicted to prescription drugs – along with alcohol and street drugs, she began a long descent toward hopelessness and despair.
Krochta describes how on that first day, she went to her son’s dark apartment and held him in her arms in his bed while he shook, vomited and cried. Terrified, she clung to him, and as she did, she pictured holding her son as a newborn baby, then as a young child. But Sweat is not simply a memoir of how drugs changed her life, nor is it a book about how to cure an addict, even though that is where our priorities lie when we discover a loved one’s addiction.