March 29, 2020
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CANCELLED: Mothering in the Age of Opioid Addiction
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Author and historian Paula Becker talks about “A House on Stilts,” her intensely personal memoir of coping with the opioid addiction of her son Hunter.
“A House on Stilts” tells the story of one woman's struggle to reclaim wholeness while mothering a son addicted to opioids. Paula Becker's son Hunter was raised in a safe nurturing home by his writer/historian mom and his physician father. He was a bright curious child. And yet, addiction found him.
More than 2.5 million Americans are addicted to opioids, some half-million of these to heroin. For many of them—for Hunter—their drug addiction leads to lives of demoralization, homelessness, and constant peril. For parents—for Paula—a child's addiction upends family life, catapulting them onto a path no longer prescribed by Dr. Spock, but by “Dante's Inferno.” This intensely personal account of trauma and survival offers a timely exploration of a family forced to grapple with America's opioid crisis.
Paula Becker is also author of “Looking For Betty MacDonald: The Egg, The Plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and I,” and co-author of “The Future Remembered: The 1962 Seattle World's Fair and Its Legacy,” and “Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: Washington's First World's Fair.” She has written for HistoryLink.org since 2001. Her 300+ essays on the site document all aspects of Washington state history.