Normal turned to PTSD and a substance abuse nightmare for Jenny the instant a taxi struck her, catapulting her 20’ across a busy New York City Street. Jenny is one of the lucky ones to have survived the drug rehabilitation system, which routinely fails those at risk. Her story is multiplied across the U.S. in the shattered lives and torn-apart families of millions of Jennies.
Saving Jenny is the narration of a mother and daughter’s long painful journey from tragedy, through opioid addiction, toward redemption. Its cautionary tale sheds light on drug dependency, suicidal depression, sexual exploitation and misdiagnosed mind disorders.
We discover that these are symptoms of much larger societal issues: the decimation of the family, childhood traumatization, and a culture devoid of human values.
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Saving Jenny: A Mother’s Plea to Rescue America’s Youth
Part memoir, part analysis and solutions, Saving Jenny was written with a single goal: to help find a way to save lives.
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“Saving Jenny — Rescuing Our Youth from America’s Opioid and Suicide Epidemic”
These pages unmask a mental health industry focused more on profits than people, which regularly betrays those in its keeping, and the complicity of Big Pharma and insurance companies in these schemas. We see firsthand the abuse, negligence and illicit activities going on in psychiatric and rehab facilities.
BEYOND AN EXPOSÉ, author Vivian Percy offers practical political, economic, educational and social solutions to help the countless individuals and families afflicted by drug addiction and suicidality. Most importantly, Saving Jenny presents a new paradigm grounded in altruistic love, which utilizes both psychodynamic and spiritual resources to deliver hope and TRUE HEALING…
Reviews of Saving Jenny:
“After being trapped in literally decades of opioid addiction myself, I can attest to the spiritual void that reflected in my empty soul — in fact, I definitely considered myself an atheist all those years. But it was finding Jesus that finally delivered me from this personal hell, and now my life is dedicated to reaching and helping restore others who are struggling with addiction…just as I was. I applaud Saving Jenny in revealing some of the traps those attempting to recover unwittingly fall into, and I’m especially encouraged to see that Vivian and her daughter similarly embraced God’s grace, the most potent “recovery tool” of all.”
— David Stoecker, LCSW
Education & Advocacy Coordinator, Missouri Recovery Network
David Stoecker was profiled in a recent Christianity Today article entitled, “Hope for America’s Opioid Epidemic Is Grace in a Syringe”
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”Here in our state, we’ve suffered the effects of this same story of addiction for years, it’s really hit us hard, especially given our economic challenges – so reading of one young woman’s redemption and healing was very encouraging. I also wholeheartedly agree with the author that our kids need to be equipped with more of a moral compass, and concur with the plans she’s outlined for how we move forward on this devastating addiction issue as a society, including this add-on epidemic of suicide (whether by accidental overdose, or as a result of addiction-induced despair…both of which I’ve seen far too much of). Saving Jenny is inspiring and its usefulness promises to be significant. I congratulate both Vivian and her daughter for their tenacity…and hard-won faith.”
— Pastor Travis Lowe,
Crossroads Church Bluefield,
“In recovery groups it is said the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” In this thought-provoking work, Vivian Percy is challenging us to stop the insanity and to urgently embrace a new paradigm to save our teens and young adults from the opioid and suicide epidemic robbing us of the next generation. Just a few short hours ago, I received a call to conduct yet another funeral for another addicted soul who’d overdosed. Like so many of you, I am desperate, not for words but for solutions that work. In “Saving Jenny,” Percy not only shares her and Jenny’s story, she also also weaves throughout it solutions — practical solutions to be seriously considered by all of us who think of ourselves as people-helpers. This well-researched and very personal treatise should be required reading for leaders in every strata of our society.”
– Dr. David A. Watson, Senior Pastor Calvary Chapel, Staten Island, NY
Dr. David Watson was quoted in a recent Relevant Magazine article entitled, “The Opioid Crisis Is the Life Issue Christians Must Address”
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“Saving Jenny: Rescuing Our Youth from America’s Opioid and Suicide Epidemic by Vivian Percy is a very difficult book to read. This is not because it is filled with technical terms, boring descriptions, or is poorly written. No! Saving Jenny grips your heart, overwhelms your emotions, and urgently compels you to do something—all of which makes easy reading impossible! But…I urge you to stick with reading to the end where Vivian Percy offers powerful and hopeful solutions to this tormenting contemporary crisis. She speaks with a voice of authority, experience, compassion and hope—a voice forged in the fires of deep personal pain and despair. As a pastor of 40 years, I am well-acquainted with the hopelessness and destruction which are so prevalent among our youth and their families, due to the monster of addiction. How encouraged I was to see Vivian’s unequivocal endorsement of the role that spirituality and religion play in the real and enduring rescue of our youth and culture. And this she discovered only after the endless, frustrating failure of almost all current programs and therapies. With the backing of expert research and the real-life experience of the power of faith and love, Vivian offers creative solutions for ways churches and faith communities can partner to rescue our youth and restore them to vibrancy and health. Every pastor needs to read this book—now—before we lose one more child!”
– Dianne Leman, Senior Pastor,
The Vineyard Church of Central Illinois,
Meet the author…
Vivian Percy, Esq.
(a nom de plume)
From the author: “I chose to write under the nom de plume, Vivian Percy, to protect the anonymity of all who were involved, due to the sensitivity of the material and the unfortunate fact that women, and even men, are still blamed and sometimes persecuted for being victimized and traumatized in our world. This incredible injustice and lack of charity needs to change.”
(NOTE: Vivian is the name of the author’s grandmother, and it was chosen as a tribute to her; she’s also mentioned several times in the book. Percy was the name of Vivian’s father, the author’s great-grandfather, and Jenny’s great-great-grandfather.)
Vivian Percy, Esq., received her J.D. from the NYU School of Law and worked as an attorney at a global law firm headquartered in Manhattan. In addition to receiving a citation from the firm for having devoted a significant number of hours to pro bono work, early on she was an intake assistant on the research floor of Cornell Hospital, Manhattan during the height of the AIDS crisis. Percy also cared for her mother with Alzheimer’s for 14 years, navigating all aspects of patient management and joining in efforts to promote government support for at-home supervision.
As a single parent, she never gave up, with the help of God, fighting for the life of her daughter, whose story is the focus of Saving Jenny, and whose courage, honesty and love inspire her mother every day.
(Contributor) Anna Badini, LCSW, PhD, earned her doctorate from NYU’s program in Clinical Social Work and has been in practice for 20 years, serving as a Psychotherapist and Supervisor at a Child Guidance Center and part of a Sexual Abuse Investigative Team for decade. She trained at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (NPAP), and holds membership in the Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychologists.
Dr. Badini collaborated to insure the accuracy of descriptions of therapeutic practices within psychiatric/rehab institutions and the flaws in the current mental health/substance abuse model.
Vivian Percy is available for interviews:
Christine Saunders Public Relations
Cell: 646-202-3936 (EDT)
Kindly get in touch…including with any questions about Saving Jenny.