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    Books: ‘The monkey in the cradle’, motherhood and drugs

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    They call it SAN – Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome – and it affects 60-80% of babies born to mothers who have used drugs and, in particular, opioids during pregnancy. A complex disorder that has increased in all countries of the world due to the increase in the consumption of substances. Also in Italy. In the book, ‘The monkey in the cradle – Children in abstinence crisis’ (Ed.Paoline, pp. 216), out on November 10, the journalist Angela Iantosca takes a journey into the world of maternity “contaminated” by drugs, collects testimonies and data, he hears experts and tries to shed light on a submerged person who is afraid to see.

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    But who are these mothers if not women who started drug use at a very young age? What are their gaps, the true inner addictions that they try to silence with drugs? “I crossed this abyss, I met those children, I listened to the words of those mothers who were turning their wombs into a grave, while the world, unaware, observed that protuberance as the highest expression of love”, he says. ‘author. After describing those who use substances and families ‘in the trenches for love’, Angela Iantosca, who is also artistic director of the InDipendenze Festival and has collaborated in the WeFree project of the San Patrignano community since 2018, gives a voice to the little ones, to the very young , to the new hardships, to the fragility of those who bring into the world children already tried by the substance, to the difficulties that a woman-mother encounters in the recovery process, opening the doors of various Italian communities, from Sicily to Sardinia, from Emilia Romagna to Lazio to Marche. A raw, hard book, but also full of hope. “And yet, in this abyss, children – concludes the author – often show an unknown strength, as mysterious as that of those closest to the unknown”.

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