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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (March 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006136813X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061368134
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,201,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. With a crisp detachment that belies his vulnerability and caring, Stein (The Lonely Patient) masterfully records the relentless pain—physical and psychological—that brings Lucy Fields, a 29-year-old Vicodin addict, to his door with a peculiarly common modern American condition. Though the literate and likable Brown University med school prof administers another drug that should block the effects of the Vicodin, he readily admits its success is far from perfect. A daunting addiction unfolds; Fields, college-educated and from an intact family, paradoxically defies yet also encompasses the stereotypical drug-user—she is both self-aware and self-destructive. It's Lucy's arc of illness that keeps this haunting narrative moving forward, but it's Stein's clear-eyed compassion that catapults her story from pathetic to sympathetic. To enjoy treating addicts... one needed a sense of irony, the belief that everyone's life vacillated between euphoria and sorrow, Stein says. Experts might disagree on treating addiction, but Stein's prescription is hard to dispute: first treat the illness, and then the aching soul sickness that caused it. To work with addicts is to enter the profession of possibility, he learns. In this uplifting chronicle, Stein celebrates Lucy's victory and his own. (Apr.)
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“With a crisp detachment that belies his vulnerability and caring, Stein masterfully records the relentless pain-physical and psychological-that brings a 29-year-old Vicodin addict, to his door … [a] haunting narrative … Stein’s clear-eyed compassion catapults her story from pathetic to sympathetic.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

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Stein tells her story with compassion and care in a beautiful, writerly way.
Barbara Ross
"The Addict" is a powerful story, superbly written by a doctor in the trenches in the fight against opiate addiction which has reached epidemic proportions.
Barbara S. Reeves
Yes, this book should never have been called 'The Addict' because it wasn't about her at all.
Schtinky

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Ross on April 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is an amazing book. There has never been an addiction memoir like this, one that offers a savvy and compassionate clinician's view of the addicts he treats. When an addict writes about him or herself, there is sure to be the grandiose, false charm of the lucky survivor. Michael Stein's book is different; it tells an addiction story that not only gets into the head of one crafty Vicodin addict, but into her soul. Lucy Field's story, which she recounts to the doctor-author, is as sad as any until she decides to get herself help. With Stein's steady, persistent encouragement, she pulls her life together, doubting herself the whole way. Stein tells her story with compassion and care in a beautiful, writerly way.
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In 2008, one drug was prescribed more than any other. It was prescribed more than penicillin, Lipitor and Prozac. That drug was Vicodin. Vicodin is a painkiller, but, as I can tell you from personal experience, it's also a negative-emotion killer that alleviates depression, anxiety, boredom and self-loathing. Just take it every four to six hours or as needed. It can calm and energize simultaneously, and it seems to repeal the law of gravity - unless you're a "normal" person - then it'll probably just make you drowsy and nauseous. Oh yeah, it's also physically addictive the same way its chemical cousins, morphine and heroin, are addictive.

In "The Addict: One Patient, One Doctor, One Year" by Michael Stein, Vicodin is the demon which has possessed Lucy who seeks treatment from Stein. The author is a physician licensed by the federal government and trained to treat opiate-dependent patients with buprenorphine, a medication that blocks the euphoric effects of and quells the craving for opiates.

Lucy, who turned thirty in the year this story takes place, was much like other addicts, stuck in adolescence with the maturity of a teenager, "stuck at the age of vanity and irresponsibility." She had a hard time holding the simplest of jobs and she was stuck in an abusive relationship with an addict/boyfriend who was a constant threat to her recovery.

Every day that a recovering addict wakes up, he or she has to make a choice, that, to a normal person, is simple: to use or not to use. Lucy expresses what most addicts feel in early recovery: "...most days I'm on the fence." And I like the way Stein addresses the old argument about whether addiction is a disease or not.
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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Schtinky VINE VOICE on April 18, 2009
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Dr. Michael Stein has worked for twenty years in addiction recovery, specifically opiate and heroin recovery, as a licensed distributor of the opiate blocker Buprenorphine. He has used real patients (changing names, of course) and combined them to write a book about what he does. Lucy Fields is the patient he's selected for this book, who tells him her first interview that "somewhere, deep in the back of my mind, I still believe that I could have a meaningful life, maybe do something valuable."

The book is supposed to be about Lucy, but it's really about Dr. Stein and what a wonderful doctor he believes he is. He's an M.D. who sees other patients also, perhaps a specialist but works out of a busy hospital office. He likes the sound of his own voice, he talks more about himself than about his patient and her problems, and he uses too much transference of his own thoughts and feelings onto Lucy. There's no bibliography, so it's all Stein's opinion with nothing to back it up.

Dr. Stein should stick to treating patients rather than writing. While the content was good, the writing was dry and emotionless. I like books on mental illness and addiction, such as Elizabeth Wurtzel's fabulous 'Prozac Nation', but Stein's 'The Addict' will never reach the top of this category. So why did I finish the book? I wanted to find out how Lucy faired, even if I had to wade through pages of Stein's self-centered musings.

I'm very sad and concerned about Lucy. Lucy has major phobias about people touching her (including dental hygienists and hairdressers) picking up a ringing telephone, she admits she can't separate men from drugs, signs of OCD, and past physical abuse by boyfriends.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paula Scimeca on May 26, 2009
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Masterfully written, "The Addict" is a gripping account which captivates readers as potently as the prescription painkillers that have enraptured thousands. Offering an accurate portrayal of the struggles and triumphs which often go unnoticed, one cannot help being in some way transformed by Michael Stein's book. It is a compelling glimpse into an increasingly tragic phenomenon, stirring readers to the realization that during our lifetime we are more likely to require expert treatment for prescription drug dependence than for injuries related to a motor vehicle accident.
Paula Davies Scimeca, RN, MS, Author of "Unbecoming A Nurse."
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on March 31, 2009
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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
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