The Clems were a family living the American dream until their fifteen-year-old daughter Carren became addicted to Meth. Within two months of first taking the highly addictive drug Carren had moved out of the family home, spent her entire savings on Meth and resorted to stealing, dealing and prostitution to pay for her habit. Told both from Carren s perspective and from the perspective of her father Ron, Loss of Innocence shares the shocking story of how a middle-class girl growing up in a stable home could get so lost. A former LA police officer, Ron describes how he went back to being a cop to try to rescue his daughter and how he suffered a heart attack in the street when he witnessed Carren selling herself to a drug dealer; Carren shares the events leading up to her first taste of drugs, and her descent into addiction with moving candour and dignity. Caren is now alive, clean and sober, and in this frank, compelling book she and her family prove that there can be life after drug addiction.
Ron Clem, a retired Los Angeles police officer, is the president of non-profit organisation Teens in Crisis. He is a court-recognised methamphetamine expert and has testified in numerous court cases involving children and methamphetamines. His daughter, Carren, works in Yellowstone National Park.