Thursday, August 4, 2011

Review # 2: Addiction--What's Really Going On?: Inside a Heroin Treatment Program by Deborah McCloskey and Barbara Sinor

Description: (From book jacket)
"Addiction: What's Really Going On? contains powerful true-life stories woven together to form a tapestry filled with pain, joy, defeat, and success. The entire book is molded around Deborah McCloskey's heartfelt desire for her clients to be free of drugs. Her counseling methods both endeared her as "the counselor to get" and locked her into a decade of searching for better ways to help those she felt were stuck on the merry-go-round of a methadone system. This book should be read by teachers, hospitals employees, college students, government officials, and our general adult population whether addicted, sober, or straight."
     Being a student of medicine, I was very anxious to read Addiction: What's Really Going On?, a book about life inside a heroin treatment program. This was a truly impressive read, both about the author's experiences with patients in the program and the addict's experiences. I had always known what I had heard on television and in books about addiction, but never had I been pushed into the reality of the addiction itself. So much emotion that it made me understand addiction almost like a disease instead of someone's mental inability to cope without the drug. I recommend this to anyone who has ever been curious about the topic and especially those who are dealing with their own, or a loved one's addiction; whether heroin or any other addictive substance. 

Rating: On the Run (4.5/5) 

*** I received this book from LibraryThing Member Giveaways in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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