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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Loving Healing Press; 1 edition (May 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193269093X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932690934
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,071,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trisha Faye on August 16, 2012
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Addiction: What's Really Going On? gives insight into the world of addiction and recovery. Co-authored by Deborah McCloskey and Barbara Sinor, both women hoped to show the world of addiction and recovery in a balanced way, a world teetering between darkness and illumination.

Jane, Eleanor, Rita and Katy, Daniel, Linda, Simon, Annie and more, all clients at the clinic, have their own stories. Some will scare you, some will horrify you. If you haven't been around anyone struggling with addictions, some of the stories will make you feel like you've led a very sheltered life. I was amazed to hear how many families are addicted to heroin, sometimes three generations are clients at methadone clinics. Parents and children, uncles and nephews, husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends; the dynamics of addiction seem to cross all lines.

Through Deborah and Barbara, you meet some of the clients and learn about their lives. You hear about how some of them came to use heroin. You learn about the trials and tribulations in their lives. Much of the time they are also coping with domestic abuse, jail (for themselves or a partner), children being taken away, financial problems, and a myriad of health issues.

Most of the clients you will meet in these pages truly want to find an end to the vicious cycle they're trapped in. A few don't; they are there to "play the system." Your heart breaks for those that try to become clean and but do not succeed. You cheer and applaud the success stories, however pathetically few compared to the numbers that are not.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JKnight on May 9, 2012
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If you want to help people then get this book! In the form of mostly stories, this woman shows you what really does go on in many clinics today and the lives of the methadone patients as well. But most importantly, it shows a woman who had genuine compassion for these addicts without prejudice. She was willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause and did quite well as well. This woman was definitely a 'one of a kind' counselor who did make a difference in the lives of people who society would have written off as hopeless. You can learn a lot from this woman and from this book. So if you want to help people then get this book!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lauri Crumley Coates VINE VOICE on August 13, 2009
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Deborah McCloskey truly has a passion for working with heroin addicts, and that passion shows through in this book. Each story offers a heart-rending view of an addict and the people who care about them, the addiction and working to the other side, becoming drug free. McCloskey shows that while there is no easy fix, with understanding and care, and the proper medical treatment; all addicts have the means needed to change their life.

The characters are richly drawn, and you will find yourself rooting for them and caring about them. The actual discussion on the use of methodone and the psychology of addiction will prove useful to anyone with a loved one, friend, or family member in the grip of any addiction.

I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is considering pursuing a career in psychology, social work, or addiction counseling. You will find it invaluable. The book is written to appeal to the every day reader, too. You will learn from it, cry for the addicts, and cheer on the people in the trenchs working with addicts every day.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Paperback Pursuer on October 29, 2011
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"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."

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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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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Fields Wolf on August 12, 2010
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I received this book hoping that it would be different from the few other books out there that discuss the oh so scary and frightening "junkies" in those down and dirty "inner city" methadone clinics and the "brave" people who work there, dishing out "tough love" and making snide remarks to their colleagues about "catching" patients in their "tricks".

Sadly, I was deeply disappointed.

As a Certified Methadone Advocate with a degree in professional nursing who does a great deal of educational work on a national level, and who sits on the Board of Directors of several national and local methadone organizations, I was APPALLED at the numerous myths, misconceptions and outright falsehoods throughout this book! I scarcely know where to begin.

Deborah McCloskey states that:

"Our clinic physician would start most people out at 40 to 60mgs, which should be enough to hold most addicts......In one of my sessions an old timer--a client--taught me about their world. She stated that any more than a 40 mg dose was just to get high, or they were still getting high. SInce the average dose was 80 mgs, I kept that fact in the back of my mind."

IN FACT, the average dose required to control symptoms in the majority of patients--and they are PATIENTS, not "clients"--is 80 to 120 mgs. Many patients require much more, due to tolerance, metabolism, certain diseases, etc. The dosing spectrum runs from about 20-30mgs all the way up to 1,000 mgs in rare cases. DUe to the phenomenon of tolerance, these patients are ALL tolerant of their dose and are not impaired in any way. Studies show that tolerant patients can drive, work, operate heavy machinery, etc with no cognitive impairment, regardless of dose.
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