About Sweet Child of Mine

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Sweet Child of Mine:  How I Lost My Son to Guns N’ Roses is the story of Deanna Adler, mother of legendary rock star and original G N’ R drummer Steven Adler.  Deanna gives an honest and revealing look into a life beset by abuse and betrayal and what it was like raising a child who became a member of one of the greatest rock bands in history, and a heroin addict of equally epic proportions.  The book emotionally and enthrallingly details a mother’s love for her infamous son, whose phenomenal success is surpassed only by his astounding capacity for self-destruction.
Sweet Child of Mine is the universal journey of a mother’s devotion to her child, filled with moments of both profound joy and crippling heartache.  Deanna takes readers on a roller coaster ride through raising a troubled young boy who ultimately reached the pinnacle of fame and success, only to then be publicly branded a junkie and kicked out of his band in front of a television audience of millions; go on to endure continuing addiction, legal battles, financial ruin, two heart attacks, multiple suicide attempts, a debilitating stroke, and numerous stints in rehab.  But it is her courage and indomitable spirit that both educates and inspires, as she is living proof that devotion to family, a sense of humor, and faith in a higher power are the foundations for achieving peace and purpose in life.

181 thoughts on “About Sweet Child of Mine

  1. I hope my sister recovers instead of dying from her disease. She’s 63 yrs old. There’s never enough time, is there? Al-Anon helps. Friends there help immensely. I have THE best sponsor in the entire free world. Blogging about it helps, because – well, look, here I am talking to you, this amazingly courageous mom. 🙂 Hey, congrats on your book–I’ve been working on mine. It’s not easy, is it? Laughter is the flip-side of tears, they say. Anyway, I can’t wait to read your story! I’ll shut up now… (((((((hugs and truffles))))), Chris

  2. Thanks for the “follow”. One thing that I know…. we’re all here trying to understand life and trying to make the best of it all. I respect you for your efforts! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Many mothers have worried about their children as they grew older and found their way into the world, and hoped they managed to stay away from the trap of drugs. Your story sounds heart-wrenching and a must-read for mothers everywhere. Thank you for following my blog and I have returned the follow.

  4. I’m overwhelmed, and humbled and I’m quite literally at a lost for words. I must say that I grew up a Guns ‘n Roses fan, I was at the epic show in Montreal, and I remember, in my teenage mind, seeing these men, loving these men, worshipping even, but never once realizing they were something else, other than their rockstar personae. As you grow up, you realize they too are human, but the mother’s behind the men, unfortunately are lost on the public. Just like most movie stars, we imagine them in their ivory towers, but not quite of this realm. I look forward to reading your blog and books. Thank you for checking out my blog. I just started a book club, please feel free to check it out.

  5. Hi Deanna, It’s nice to meet you here in the blog world. I look forward to reading and following your work. I am familiar with your son’s work (and some of his story), and was really happy to see him inducted into the Hall of Fame this year; especially loved him quoting Freddie Mercury in his speech!

    It sounds like you are both at good places in your journey right now- I wish you the best with your book and Steven the best with Adler.

    Take care and thanks for the follow,

  6. Thanks for sharing your story with the world. I can relate to certain aspects of what you’ve gone through. I hope to one day read your book and learn from your journey. Thanks!

  7. I’m the senior developer of myRecovery.com, I would love to place something on our site to help draw attention to your new book. Do you have any ad graphics or anything I could use? I’d also be interested in guest posting for you if you’re interested. You can email me at spencer at myrecovery dot com.

  8. Thanks for followng my blog! I started reading your blog and was completely drawn in to your story. I love that you are so real and willing to share the hard stuff. I know your story will be (and already is) so helpful to so many people. My husband is a counselor, so I’m familiar with the tough stuff of life. No one is exempt. I look forward to reading more of your posts and look forward to your book being published!

  9. Deanna,
    I’m so very sorry to have taken this long to make it to your blog. I have battled addiction myself most of my life. Kudos to you for maintaining this blog, you’ll help many.
    Le Clown
    PS: GNR circa Appetite for Destruction were a pivotal band for my young self… Your son’s music touched my life.

      • Deanna,
        I am working on booking guest bloggers for Back Box Warnings for the months from May to August. I thought you’d be a great one to have over. If you’re interested, could you please send me an email at clownonfire at gmail dot com?
        Le Clown

  10. Hi Deanna

    Thank you for following my blog 🙂 Just reading through your own blog has really touched me (positively). It’s great to see other people bringing the awareness of any addiction to the forefront.


    A xxx

  11. Deanna, I just wanted to write and brag on your son Steven for a minute. I just read he is in rehab again and to me that is a good sign of him making the right decision. You don’t have to post this publicly if you don’t want to I just wanted to let you know there is someone praying for Steven and you Right Now!!

  12. Thank you for the follow. I’m glad you brought my attention to your blog and I can’t wait to check out your book 🙂

  13. your blog, your story and your son’s story touched me, i’m proud you liked my blog and you decided to follow what i have in my mind…thanks fo following and keep going on the good writting.

    Hope to talk to you soon

    Caroline xxx

  14. Thank you for visiting and following my blog. I love to hear people’s stories and can’t wait to get to know yours. I will have to get a copy of your book as well.

  15. I am a mother who is/was addicted and went through rehab which saved my life a year and a half ago. I’m so glad to have just found your site! Wow. SO amazing. Can’t wait to read your book and read so much more on your amazing blog. Blessings to you!

  16. Aloha! I pre-ordered your book over a year ago & have been anxiously awaiting its release! I am now moving from Washington state to Hawaii & need to get my mailing address updated so that I don’t miss out on the shipment. Can you direct me as to who to contact / how to get this accomplished? Thank you so much for sharing so much of your life with us all!

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