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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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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 ›
Like me, Joshua was no stranger to experimenting with various drugs in his younger years. He drank and tried just about anything thrown his way. Also like me, the narcotics seemed to be just the right fit. They're safe right? Doctors prescribe them so the must be. It's a false assumption made by many abusers. He discusses how prescription drugs offer this false sense of security and safety and he even presents a very nice explanation of the pharmacology of these drugs that impressed even this pharmacist- obviously he'd done his homework. Also he demonstrates how easy these drugs are to obtain.
Joshua takes us on his own journey through experimentation, addiction, and withdrawl- and visits the lives of some of some other folks at various stages of their use and abuse. Amazing how many times I found myself nodding my head, relating to the things he was saying and feeling.
The book kept my attention, entertained and educated me. After reading, I felt like I knew him personally- a true sign of a good memoir.
This memoir was fabulous for several reasons, and I love bullet points so here we go:
- Joshua Lyon managed to write a memoir without it being all about him, something amazing in its own right. That's because this book isn't just Joshua's memoir, it's also the story of those around him and their varied pill addictions. I think this adds a lot to the story and enables to reader to see the road to addiction for many characters, and just maybe see more of themselves in that.
- Joshua himself, he has a wonderful voice that allows the reader to breeze through the book. I'm a marathon reader so once I start a book, I don't put it down and I never give up before the ending, but I REALLY couldn't put this one down, it was just so well written, with wit and charisma. Joshua tells that he started taking pills in order to be more outgoing and less self conscious, but you would never know it from his writing.Read more ›
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 5 days ago by meggan
Can someone please help me find the best book inside the mind of a pill headPublished 1 month 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 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great Product. Great Value and price. I highly recommend it and I would certainly buy it again.Published 4 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 4 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 5 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 6 months ago by A. Jacobson
If I knew it was about a peter puffer I would have never purchased it...Published 6 months ago by Brent Keller