The Addict: One Patient, One Doctor, One Year

The Addict: One Patient, One Doctor, One Year

by Michael Stein
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The Addict: One Patient, One Doctor, One Year by Michael Stein

“A gripping, illuminating book . . . Dr. Stein is drawn, in an almost Sherlock Holmesian way, toward trying to fathom and analyze addicts’ behavior. . . . hauntingly and successfully, Stein lets readers make a doctor’s experiences their own.” — New York Times

“Beautifully told… [with] great insight, empathy and compassion.” — Abraham Verghese, author of The Tennis Partner, My Own Country, and Cutting for Stone

The Addict is the powerful and revealing narrative of Dr. Michael Stein’s year-long treatment of a young woman addicted to Vicodin. Dr. Stein has followed up his award winning book The Lonely Patient with “a useful, sensible, and often inspiring guide to how the medical profession does—and should—treat the sick, and the sick at heart.” (Francine Prose, O magazine)

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ISBN-13: 9780061368134
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/31/2009
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Michael Stein is the author of the award-winning The Lonely Patient as 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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The Addict: One Patient, One Doctor, One Year 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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reader222 More than 1 year ago
I wanted to like this book, and did - for the first half. The second half was dull. Mostly it consisted of what went through the doctor's head. It was a little creepy. The doctor was a little attracted to Lucy, I think. And why is he counseling her?? He was supposed to be writing the prescription but how about sending her to a therapist?? M.D.'s don't have the kind of training needed, and he isn't a psychiatrist.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In 2008, the most commonly prescribed drug in the United States is Vicodin. Not well known is that Vicodin shares a close "DNA" chemical imprinting with the illegal opiates. With that background, Dr. Stein provides a profound look at helping a Vicodin addict kick the habit, physically and psychologically. Twenty-nine years old Lucy Fields visited Dr. Field having become totally addicted to Vicodin after using it for years. Lucy is a college graduate coming from an affluent family. She is fully aware of her health crisis, which brought her to the medical school professor for treatment. This terrific memoir filled with pathos and compassion will nuke the concept held dearly by talking heads who refuse to accept American pharmaceutical addiction as a health issue perhaps even worse than the illegal drug problems they prefer to rant about. Dr. Stein stays professional for the most part except for some minor well-earned pontification. However, Lucy puts a human face on medically treating legal addictions as readers will be spellbound by her real story. Harriet Klausner