Maureen Cavanagh’s gripping memoir If You Love Me is the story of a mother who suddenly finds herself on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic as her daughter battlesand ultimately confrontssubstance use disorder.Fast-paced and heartwarming, devastating and redemptive, Maureen’s incredible odyssey into the opioid crisisfirst as a parent, then as an advocateis ultimately a deeply moving mother-daughter story about love, strength, and hope. When Maureen and her ex-husband Mike see their daughter Katie’s needle track marks for the first time, it is a complete shock. But, slowly, the drug use explains everythingKatie’s constant exhaustion, erratic moods, and all those spoons that have gone missing from the house. Like millions of parents and relatives all over the countrymany of whom she has helped through her nonprofit organizationMaureen learns that recovery is neither straightforward nor brief. Over a roller-coaster two years, Maureen battles to save Katie’s life, and in telling this unforgettable story, she brings the opioid crisis out of the shadows and into the house next door.
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