Hooked

Hooked

by Jamie R. Smolen

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Hooked by Jamie R. Smolen

Buddy, a scrawny, introverted, pimple faced teen, can't resist the lure of the beautiful and seductive Sidney who offers him a pain pill...the way to instant fun and excitement, and for Buddy, a false sense of acceptance. He rapidly descends into the ugly and brutal world of prescription drug addiction. His only hope is to choose the sober path of recovery...not knowing that true happiness will be his greatest gift.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937240011
Publisher: Casa de Snapdragon Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/19/2011
Pages: 410
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

Dr. Jamie Smolen, MD, a former orthopedic surgeon and sports-medicine physician, became a psychiatrist to help others recover their mental health as he had overcome major depression. His proudest and most challenging achievement is his sobriety from alcoholism for more than twenty years; he has been sober since February 26, 1991. He now specializes in the treatment of addictions as his most important purpose and mission in life.
During years of individual counseling and psychiatric treatment, Jamie began to rebuild his life. He met and married a woman who would become his strongest supporter and devoted partner.
Jamie established a new career, utilizing his medical expertise by consulting with multiple law firms, doing case reviews for several years. But his true passion, working with alcoholics, eventually awakened the possibility of returning to the practice of medicine. He was accepted into residency training at Boston University in 1998 at the age of forty-eight. After four more years, he completed fellowship training at the University of South Florida in Tampa, becoming an addiction psychiatrist. Jamie set up his private practice in Bradenton, Florida in 2002, and also worked at Manatee Memorial Hospital at the Center for Behavioral Health. He became board certified in psychiatry with special qualification in addiction psychiatry.
At the time of this book's publication, Jamie has been happily married for fifteen years and credits his wife with helping him establish and manage the daily operations of his very successful practice. He also enjoys a close relationship with his two stepchildren. Jamie devotes a large part of his practice to the treatment of opioid dependence, which afflicts millions through the abuse of pain pills. The alarming rise in deaths from accidental drug overdoses prompted him to write this book in hopes of bringing desperately needed attention to this epidemic and to encourage addicts to seek treatment.

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Lv2teachAudra More than 1 year ago
I was superwoman. I was an addict. I was lost. Pills were my savior, pills made me fly and pills made me perfect. I was the perfect mother, wife, friend and educator because I could do it all, anytime for anyone. That is until my wings were cut. Before long, the drugs no longer made me fly; they kept me in a pit and very, very sick. I tried to claw my way out but I couldn't. I was surrounded by despair, embarrassment, loneliness and hopelessness. I begged for help but couldn't quite get it right. Finally, a hand reached into the pit and I was handed a gift, the novel, Hooked. In the dim light, I read. Although this novel is about a teenager with addiction I saw myself on every page. Buddy is a young, lonely boy. Who finds "friends" through pill addiction? He wasn't lonely anymore or so he thought. When he overdosed, I felt his pain. When he lost his "friends", I lost mine. When he began recovery, I learned how to recover with him and how to cope each day without the use of any addictive substance. I can still be a super woman but I don't need pills to do it. Buddy learned that he has a higher power that helps him learn a new way of life, I found mine. There is a different and better way to live and Hooked is the only tool of its kind to teach you how. --Hooked is a must read for those of us who are addicted and for those of you who want to understand what addiction is. This book saved my soul and saved my family.
LauriNT More than 1 year ago
I have a family member that has suffered on and off with opioid addiction for several years and this book has helped me trememdously to understand what the drug addict is going through and how I can help him if he gets in trouble again. Excellent writing and more needs to be written on this subject.