The Addict: One Patient, One Doctor, One Year

Paperback | March 9, 2010

byMichael Stein

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

Lucy's first appointment with Dr. Michael Stein on a sunny April day began a yearlong series of encounters 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 drug addiction surpassed hers. It is an unforgettable tale of a young woman living on the edge but determined to take control of her life—and a deeply personal account of a doctor on the front lines of an epidemic.

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The Addict opens a window on the very private world of prescription drug addiction, revealing the harrowing story of a young woman whose life has been taken over by a need she can't extinguish. Lucy's first appointment with Dr. Michael Stein on a sunny April day began a yearlong series of encounters that took her back to the origins of...

Michael Stein is the author of the award-winningThe Lonely Patientas well as five novels. He has been treating addiction for more than twenty years and is a professor of medicine and community health at Brown University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.65 inPublished:March 9, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061368148

ISBN - 13:9780061368141

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“With a crisp detachment that belies his vulnerability and caring, Stein masterfully records the relentless pain-physical and psychological-that brings a 29-year-old Vicodin addict, to his door … [a] haunting narrative … Stein’s clear-eyed compassion catapults her story from pathetic to sympathetic.”