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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-03-915363-9
    • 5.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 240 pages
  • Hardcover Edition
    • 978-1-03-915364-6
    • 5.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 240 pages
  • Keywords
    • memoir,
    • addiction memoir,
    • child of addict memoir,
    • traumatic brain injury,
    • self-help memoir,
    • self-help trauma,
    • self-help addiction

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Emotional Torture
A Memoir of Addiction, Traumatic Brain Injury and Trauma
by Beth Nanson

Emotional Torture – a deeply touching and vulnerable memoir of addiction, mental health, and recovery. Beth grows up in a seemingly idyllic fashion that comprised of big family get-togethers, unforgettable trips with friends, life-changing travel, multiple years of academics, and where she was arguably driven the most, her athletics. Her mother – a typical “soccer mom”, hard-working and self-sacrificing with a successful career in nursing – fell into narcotics addiction, spiraling quickly into severe alcoholism. While caring for her mother in the throes of her addiction, her father, the rock in her life, tragically suffered a severe traumatic brain injury. She was up against the challenge of managing their care, in a time where they were both barely clinging to life. Tenacious and driven – a self-described type A personality – Beth had to learn how to accept help for herself in the midst of coping with these new versions of her mother and father, while desperately seeking help for their recoveries. She shares what she has learned in the hopes of inspiring others who are coping with traumatic events in their lives. Emotional Torture – a must read.

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Beth was born and raised on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia, Canada. She spent her childhood in Gibsons and then jumped between Gibsons and Vancouver while completing her post-secondary education at the University of British Columbia. She admits she has never written a book before, but felt this story was too important not to share. She feels passionate not only about revealing the true sickness of addiction and mental health, but in being a support to others enduring their own traumas. She has a good understanding of emotions such as heartbreak, grief, and loss, and doesn’t want anyone to feel alone in whatever mental spiral they find themselves in. She hopes this book can be a tool for awareness, understanding, and a sense of coming together in support for those who need it. Beth is now back living on the Sunshine Coast after several years in Vancouver. She is a successful dietitian, working out of three interdisciplinary clinics as well as running her own private practice. She is currently working to co-publish a paper on Traumatic Brain Injuries. And after years of therapy, she is learning to re-balance the things in her life that bring her joy; family, friends, relationships, career, athletics, and adventure


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