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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.