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Pill Head: The Secret Life of a Painkiller Addict Paperback – Bargain Price, July 13, 2010
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"Pill Head is the perfect combination of informative and deeply personal; alarming and even sad. I wanted to hug Joshua Lyon after reading this. Anyone who has ever taken prescription medication recreationally should read this book. It's an eye-opener and it's not pretty, and it will speak to every single person who picks it up."―Lesley Arfin, author of Dear Diary
Lyon writes powerfully about his own experiences as a young, troubled gay man in New York City, and it's this human story that stays with the reader.―Publishers Weekly
As real as it gets.―Kirkus
The daring and honest PILL HEAD digs far deeper than the average memoir about addiction. With precision and uncommon empathy, Joshua Lyon exposes the facts about painkillers and those who abuse them; he also fearlessly reveals his own intense, often frightening story. PILL HEAD is a terrific book.―Scott Heim, author of We Disappear and Mysterious Skin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Lyon admits that prior to his Vicodin use, he had sampled plenty of goodies from the recreational drug grab bag; ecstasy, coke, mushrooms, marijuana and LSD. While he might have been a self professed "expert at escapism," he wasn't an addict. He was a young, experimental, gay man with social anxiety; living and working in New York City as an editor of the popular magazine Jane. He, not unlike thousands of people, partied just hard enough one night a week to be left incapacitated the rest of the weekend. But when he first got a hold of Vicodin, as research for a magazine assignment in 2003, all prior dabbling paled in sensation to this new wonder drug. That pivotal night, instead of flushing the pills as instructed by his editor, Lyon found himself defiantly taking three Vicodin and later professing out loud, "This is what I've been waiting for my whole life."
Lyon escorts us into the lives of other pill heads who were also entranced by that feeling, even as addiction led them into emotional, spiritual, physical and financial despair.Read more ›
This book was the typical rantings of a drug addict who doesn't take responsibility for his own actions. Without a doubt, the author of this book has borderline personality disorder. He is extremely impulsive, promiscuous, narcissistic, and has a massive fear of abandonment. Throughout the entire book, he is rationalizing with himself about why his drug is addiction is OK. He constantly uses incorrect medical terms when describing medications and diseases. He often describes his choice of drugs based on some sentimental reasoning while saying that two drugs are different (Norco and Vicodin), when chemically speaking, they are exactly the same. As with all the addicts I have ever dealt with, he blames everyone else for his problems. He blames doctors, drug manufacturers, drug dealers, pharmacists, but never ever ever blames the addicts. He goes to rehab multiple times and always has a problem with the staff. His engages in overtly risky sexual behavior time and time again and constitutes contracting HIV as a right of passage as a gay man. He sees no connection with his lurid behavior and his continuing drug addiction.
This book is a true glimpse into the mind of a drug addict. A drug addict does not live in the real world of cause and effect, personal responsibility or rational thought. He constantly avoids rehab because he doesn't like "all that God bulls***". I would be willing to bet my life savings that the author is currently abusing drugs.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book. I read it about 4 years ago. I still tell people about it. It helps u understand a little better the people u love, and their addiction. Read morePublished 3 months ago by meggan
Can someone please help me find the best book inside the mind of a pill headPublished 4 months ago by Pamela Moyers
A little understated in the experiences, as I'm a recovering painkiller addict myself. But overall, a good read. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great Product. Great Value and price. I highly recommend it and I would certainly buy it again.Published 7 months ago by Chad Taul
True and haunting. Josh really puts it all out there, to help himself and others. Best of luck to him 🌞Published 8 months ago by Wendy
Just finished the book. If you are buying this book to get insight into whys and hows of addiction, specially help on recovery please look elsewhere. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Marlene N.
I both laughed and cried at times. This gives you a very real, very raw, look into the mind of a pill head.Published 9 months ago by A. Jacobson