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The Addict : One Patient, One Doctor, One Year (edition 2009)

by Michael Stein (Author)

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"The Addict" opens a window on the very private world of prescription drug addiction, revealing the harrowing and riveting story of a young woman whose life has been taken over by an impulse that she can't control and a need that she can't extinguish.

Lucy's first appointment with Dr. Michael Stein was on a sunny day in April, and the minute she sat down she said, "I'm here for your program," beginning a series of intimate encounters during the course of a year that took her back to the origins of her addiction and unraveled a life driven by compulsion and the constant pursuit of the next pill. "The Addict" follows Lucy from the start of her treatment, through relapse, to her eventual long-term recovery, including her breakup with a destructive boyfriend whose own addiction to drugs surpassed hers. This is an unforgettable tale of a young woman living on the edge but determined to take control of her life.

Here also is the deeply personal account of a doctor on the front lines of an epidemic. In this masterful work, Michael Stein brings in other patients whose experiences are like Lucy's but in many ways are completely different. Dr. Stein explains what doctors are thinking and feeling about addiction, and how they make difficult decisions with difficult patients. He also aims to change the way we think about addiction, arguing that it should be treated as we treat diabetes or high blood pressure--as a disease within the medical system.

This affecting and thought-provoking book will resonate with anyone struggling with chemical dependence. In "The Addict," Dr. Stein creates a portrait of the intimate bond between one patient and one doctor, a relationship that is profoundly moving and incredibly compelling.… (more)

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Title:The Addict : One Patient, One Doctor, One Year
Authors:Michael Stein (Author)
Info:HarperCollins Publishers (2009), 288 pages
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The story of addiction from an internal med doc. He sees 'regular' patients and also dispense a drug that helps with withdrawal from Vicodin and other opiates. An interesting read. ( )
  camplakejewel | Sep 21, 2017 |
Sounds like most of his patients could really use some therapy... thankfully (I guess) they can get some from the author. I'm not really sure what to make of this book. ( )
  lemontwist | May 29, 2014 |
The personality slowly revealed is simply that of the snotty doctor: he knows very little of his patient and doesn't actually seem interested in her at all, except as an opportunity to discuss his own theories. Basically, he's kind of a prat. ( )
  marti.booker | Dec 2, 2013 |
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I just couldn't do it. It started out okay but got increasingly boring as it went on. I did stick it out to the half way mark hoping for a change but ,sadly, I finally had to acknowledge it was not for me. By 50 percent of the book I feel I should be emotionally invested in the characters or the issues being written about. This book just failed to engage me. Well documented and the doctors work is to be applauded. Stein did managed to feed me information on prescription drugs that I was unaware of. BUT, for me, he failed to give me the connection I was really wanting (and why I put the book on my tbr pile in the first place) to the main character Lucy. I'm not sure I can even explain it in a way that doesn't make it sound like a horrid book, because it's not. It is just that it never really felt like "Lucy's Story" and that was what I wanted to read. Just no emotional connect. ( )
  justablondemoment | May 24, 2013 |
Before I tell you this is the best book I have read in years I must first tell you I am a recovering addict/alcoholic w/bipolar disorder (I felt I must reveal this in order for you to get where I'm coming from). If you do not suffer from some form of addiction or are not close to someone suffering from addiction you may not get the same experience I did when when reading this book.

The book is written by an doctor of Internal medicine who, in addition to his regular practice treats opiate addicts with buprenorphine (it's like methadone for heroine addicts). He kept notes (as any good doctor will do), changed the names of his patients, focused the book primarily on one, Lucy, and wrote a great book.

The book was easy to read. Not easy as in simplistic, easy as in fluid and hit home in unbelievable ways. I had to start highlighting the passages that hit home there were so many, it was like a form of therapy, hence my opening revealations. I couldn't put the book down and started limiting how many pages I could read in a day so it wouldn't end. When it was over it took me nearly a week and attempts at reading four other books before I could find one that could measure up to this book. It was great. ( )
  campingmomma | Aug 13, 2010 |
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"The Addict" opens a window on the very private world of prescription drug addiction, revealing the harrowing and riveting story of a young woman whose life has been taken over by an impulse that she can't control and a need that she can't extinguish.

Lucy's first appointment with Dr. Michael Stein was on a sunny day in April, and the minute she sat down she said, "I'm here for your program," beginning a series of intimate encounters during the course of a year that took her back to the origins of her addiction and unraveled a life driven by compulsion and the constant pursuit of the next pill. "The Addict" follows Lucy from the start of her treatment, through relapse, to her eventual long-term recovery, including her breakup with a destructive boyfriend whose own addiction to drugs surpassed hers. This is an unforgettable tale of a young woman living on the edge but determined to take control of her life.

Here also is the deeply personal account of a doctor on the front lines of an epidemic. In this masterful work, Michael Stein brings in other patients whose experiences are like Lucy's but in many ways are completely different. Dr. Stein explains what doctors are thinking and feeling about addiction, and how they make difficult decisions with difficult patients. He also aims to change the way we think about addiction, arguing that it should be treated as we treat diabetes or high blood pressure--as a disease within the medical system.

This affecting and thought-provoking book will resonate with anyone struggling with chemical dependence. In "The Addict," Dr. Stein creates a portrait of the intimate bond between one patient and one doctor, a relationship that is profoundly moving and incredibly compelling.

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