Terri Blackstock: Fighting Misconceptions
Thankfully Blackstock was able to find help for her daughter—who has since recovered—but through the process, she learned a lot about addiction and treatment. With her daughter’s blessing, she wrote about it in her novel Intervention and its sequel Vicious Cycle.
The third and final book of the series, Downfall (Zondervan), brings back characters from both books—including Blackstock’s favorite, Barbara Covington.
“I poured so much of myself into her,” she says. “In Downfall things have settled down and seem to be on the upswing for Barbara and her family—until someone sets a bomb under her daughter Emily’s car. She thinks Emily has drifted back into the drug culture and that all the chaos is beginning again. I’ve felt Barbara’s paranoia and the feeling that at any minute the other shoe is going to drop.
"The biggest misconception people have about addiction is that it only happens to people from dysfunctional, unbelieving homes. The reality is that it also happens to those of us who’ve raised our kids in Christian households, who’ve never had alcohol or drugs in our homes, who’ve done our best to raise up our children in the way they should go. My daughter never did drugs until she was away at [Christian] college and was an adult.”
Blackstock hopes the trilogy shows just how awful addiction can be. But if she could only convey one thing to readers, it would be that Christ forgives and redeems. “He gives addicts the power to change and family members the power to go on. He truly does help us carry our burdens. And sometimes He uses our suffering in powerful ways that help many others.”