Please read the wonderful letter below that I received from Bill Mott, a singer/songwriter, and College Professor, from New York, USA.  Bill wrote a heartfelt song after reading Addiction: A Mother’s Story.  Without a doubt, his words, music, and soulful voice will touch your heart, as they did mine.  He truly captures a mother’s love and heartache.  Thank you so much Bill.


Dear Ms. Ariano-Jakes,

About a year ago my cousin emailed me and asked if I could write her a song about the experience of having a child who struggled with drug addiction.  Her son is in his thirties and had been addicted since he was 14, although he has been in recovery for three years now.

My initial thought about writing the song was that I couldn’t write a song about this since I had no firsthand experience with it.  As I continued to think about it I realized that I did know what it was like to love a child and I did know what it was like to fear for a child (I’m a 59 year old grandfather) so perhaps I could write the song.  I began to look around the internet and came upon your book.  I ordered and carefully read your book.

Although my cousin shared a few things with me about her experience, almost everything I now know about what it is like to be the parent of a child who struggles with addiction comes from your book.  I hope I haven’t gotten it horribly wrong and I apologize if it’s presumptuous to think something so poignant, personal and painful as this can be expressed in a four minute song, but here it is. I hope it somehow will have some value to someone.  

Warm Regards,

Bill Mott


To listen to Bill’s song “Drug Addiction: The Light of Her Love” click  here

To stream and download the song for free click  here