Drug Dealer, MD

Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It's So Hard to Stop - Anna Lembke

I am going to start this review by offering some personal information. I am a recovering opiate addict with between six and seven years of sobriety. My own addiction started with a prescription for methadone forme a doctor who said, "Don't worry, it's not addictive." About a year later I found out I was pregnant and stopped taking them. My legs crawled, I had tremors, threw up everything that went in my stomach... I felt like I was dying. I went to the E.R. and the doctor told me it was food poisoning. After the hospital I went to fill a prescription for stomach medication. On the table was a pamphlet for addiction. On the cover was a picture of the same methadone I had been prescribed. That's how I figured out I was addicted to opiate pain killers. 


In this book the author explains how both doctors and patients have both contributed to the opiate addiction epidemic. This doesn't point fingers to cast blame, it conveys the circumstances that lead to what is now happening. There are also section that tell the stories of people who have lived as an addict. I found the information in this to be accurate to what I was already aware.of, and also learned some new things. It is impressive when I I learn something new about addiction, I have read and absorbed a lot of information concerning the topic. I am impressed with the way the author made sure to be respectful in the way she worded the content.


This is a good read for anyone. I seek people all the time making uneducated comments and forming opinions based on either bad information or stereotyping. I don't blame my addiction on anyone, but had certain contributing factors been removed, I am fairly positive that my life would have been different. It is nice to see things that I have thought and voiced in the past be supported and backed up.


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