Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America – review
Related Posts. What Saved Me from My Addiction? My Parents and Collegiate Recovery As a student in early recovery, I felt that college was an impossible uphill climb where I would be suffocated by drugs and alcohol everywhere I turned. What Do I Do? Leave a Comment Cancel reply Please leave a comment below to contribute to the discussion.
Your email address will not be published. Everyday is a new day. Nov 21, Merrill Frazier rated it did not like it. Jul 27, S. It was very difficult to assign any star-rating to this book. It's someone's story and it's a horribly painful one. But I guess I would give it 3.
American Drug Addict: a memoir by Brett Douglas
I think that my appreciation for this memoir was influenced by my familiarity with stories of addiction and in my opinion, it's probable that someone who has had less exposure to this kind of life or story will not get as much out of it. Not being an addict myself, I don't think I will ever understand the torment and despair that addicts exper It was very difficult to assign any star-rating to this book.
Not being an addict myself, I don't think I will ever understand the torment and despair that addicts experience for which I am grateful. Addiction is a topic that is very close to me though, as I grew up with an addicted parent who just celebrated nine years clean this month. I think that some parts of the book could be triggering, depending on the reader whether an addict or not , but I think that many people in recovery would relate to this story and could get some hope from it.
As for me, it helped me to better understand and empathize with the feelings that my recovering parent experienced in active addiction—the shame, the desire to die, the feelings of worthlessness.
This book is definitely not for everybody, but anyone who can hear this story and keep an open heart will probably learn something. Aug 01, Amber Schroer rated it liked it Shelves: bios , memoir-autobio-bio , hoopla , didn-t-do-it-for-me-but-apparently , books-read , debut-novels. I thought it was predictable and boring. It felt like he was trying to too hard to make it "different"; maybe to those still learning about the opiate epidemic might be entertained by this seemingly normal , middle class man's struggle with drug addiction because he doesn't fit the stereo type of an addict, but most Amwricans are realizing anyone can suffer from addiction - especially opiates.
So, I guess, I felt like he came across as "special" in his plight and almost like he exploited his ex I thought it was predictable and boring. But I didn't come to this book with all those false preconceptions- I know that addiction doesn't ever look like any one thing and that people can still have a "life", spouse, kids, nice things etc and be addicts at the same time. Wealth doesn't buy immunity from addiction and I'm pretty sure most Americans know this now.
Sep 18, Courtney Burns rated it really liked it. Interesting read about an addict's life. My only heartburn about it is that the author attempts to present himself as a typical suburban guy who just happened to fall into the clutches of drug use.
He compares himself to the killer in American Psycho, stating that he doesn't fit the profile of the "typical" addict. He then goes on to talk about snorting cocaine for the first time at 12, smoking pot every single day throughout his teens and 20s, suffering a near fatal substance abuse related acci Interesting read about an addict's life. He then goes on to talk about snorting cocaine for the first time at 12, smoking pot every single day throughout his teens and 20s, suffering a near fatal substance abuse related accident prior to turning 21, selling drugs throughout middle school and high school, and graduating to IV drug use before being able to legally drink.
He is able to maintain some facade of normal life because he lives off of the pawn shop businesses his parents opened. I give the guy a huge amount of credit for overcoming such a devastating addiction, but this was not a sudden addiction that crept up on an established middle aged man.
I wish him the best in sobriety. I'm grateful that he chose to share his story. May 25, Angie rated it really liked it.
I absolutely devour them. I, myself, am not an addict but without divulging too much, I very much empathize with the addict as well as their loved ones. He even went as far as to say his wife and children had abandoned him while his mother did not. Aug 22, Maryshell rated it it was ok. Strange Book The book kept my interest, although it seemed unusual to read a humorous book about addiction and recovery. In my opinion, Douglas romanticized his drug use, and practically bragged about it, throughout the entire book, as if those were the "old glory days".
Yet, those addiction filled days are not at all that far in the past and only ended due to his incarceration, which he referred to as a "vacation". The Space Between Addiction and Recovery. Becoming an addict means deciding, consciously or otherwise, to let slide the obligations of life.
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For this reason the female addiction narrative should be celebrated. None of these observations argue for an increase in female addicts, only that we allow the female drug narrative out of the closet and offer them a spot next to the Thompsons and Bukowskis.
Addicts are selfish and self centered, brutal to those around them and most of all themselves. I think there were times when my security was coming in late at night to check my pulse and see if I was still breathing. He talked about a detox he did back in at his then-pastor Carl Lentz's house, and said that although he drinks alcohol in social settings now, he hasn't had drugs since that detox five years ago.
It makes his wife! That time of "promiscuity" he mentioned was a time when he said he had "a legitimate problem with sex. There are perks. You get rewarded for good behavior. In the case of a medical emergency, call Follow Emma on Instagram.
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