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Peggy Guzallis has the slim, lean body of a yoga enthusiast, but her face reveals her age of 54 years. During her youth, she got caught up in the euphoria of drug experimentation that defined the '60s and '70s, moving swiftly from alcohol to pills to cocaine and heroin before she was even out of her teens. The stigma attached to drugs wasn't as serious then as it is today, but the negative reputation we now pin on drugs is due, in part, to the experiences endured by Peggy's generation. As it turns out, the legacy of the '60s isn't just peace and love; there is a darker side, one of life-long addiction, a battle that many continue to wage to this day. In her Kindle Single, The Damage Done, emerging talent Victoria Turk explores whether this battle against addiction can be won, and how. Peggy, with her periods of struggle and false hope, with a life literally given over to the pursuit of drugs, and with all the experience of her hard years, is the embodiment of that battle. --Chris Schluep

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  • File Size: 131 KB
  • Print Length: 29 pages
  • Publication Date: March 25, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007OXK9CU
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Mental illness and drug abuse often fall into the category of co-occurring disorders. This Kindle Single is a telling of one character's journey through mental illness and drug abuse. We start when Peggy is 14 and end with her at the age of 54.

This essay is an accurate account of use and treatment. It outlines what many people living through these circumstances encounter. Recreational drugs were easy to come by in the 70s and socially acceptable. Lithium was widely used to treat mental health disorders. Biases exist in doctor's offices and hospitals against addicts.

Sadly, I found this 549 location short a bit lacking. If you've read newspaper articles or heard of rehab stories from novels or even friends and relatives, you know what is in this book. It read like a college paper. I was offered a timeline of illegal drug popularity and treatment methods.

Perhaps I was hoping for a little more. Maybe I was expecting it to be an insight into Peggy's mind and state of being or a story of hope as she escapes from of her self-destructive ways. None of these were a part of this essay. It read too much like a textbook.

If you are looking for a matter-of-fact telling of drug use and historical markers in the US, then read this tale. If you are looking for an emotional or personal look at the struggles of addiction and mental illness, look elsewhere.
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Focusing on the life story of a longtime addict, a woman named "Peggy," the author of this absorbing Kindle Single writes about drug addiction and treatment methods in the United States. I was surprised to learn that about one-fourth of the people admitted to treatment programs in this country are over the age of forty-five, and that many of them began their addictions in the turbulent 1970s, when drug use was at an all-time high. Most of the young addicts of that era shook their addictions and went on to have normal productive lives, but some - like Peggy - remained lifelong drug users.

Peggy had been through endless cycles of using and rehabbing without success. Today she is at a rehab center on a methadone treatment plan. I learned that the use of methadone for treating narcotics addiction is quite controversial. It goes against the traditional 12-step programs, and since methadone itself is a narcotic, some do not believe that addicts on methadone are actually recovering, but are still addicts.

"The Damage Done" is a very short but informative look into drug addiction, the possible causes, and the available treatments. The use of methadone as a long-term treatment is examined, as well as the controversies surrounding this approach to treatment of drug addiction. In my opinion, the author was fairly evenhanded in presenting both sides of the argument.
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By Abby on March 30, 2012
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I found this thought provoking piece of work to be an insightful view of the problems surrounding drug addiction and the social impact of addiction in new york today.
I felt that the author captured the different angles of the work well. Personally I felt that I could have been with peggy and learning about her life first hand. I enjoyed the knowledge the author obtained from a wide range of sources and the open view she portrayed in this piece, if I were peggy I would feel that my story had been told with passion and respect. I would be proud to have my story told in this manner.
Thankyou victoria for such a wonderful piece of writing, I can't wait for another!
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'The Damage Done' - my first Kindle Singles purchase. It is a serious piece of Journalism, well written and informative, but made more readable by following one woman's fight against a life time of drug addiction.

The descriptive narrative brings to life the availability and acceptability of drugs in the seventies. It contrasts this sharply with the stark reality of living in a residential drug rehabilitation centre in one of New York's poorer neighbourhoods. Peggy's heartbreaking life story of long term addiction and mental health issues is, rather refreshingly, not over sentimentalised. It is interspersed with factual information about drugs, treatment programmes and the drug laws of New York State at that time. Despite the support of her family and numerous attempts to kick her habit, Peggy lurches from one type of substance abuse to another.

I was left hoping, so very much, that this time she will succeed.
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AAs the mother of a drug addict who lost his life to a drug overdose, I can attest to the truths of this account.The years that my husband and I spent trying to help a son who just kept getting worse were an absolute nightmare!I think the end, in his case, was inevitable, despite all the avenues of help available.
This account, I am sure,is a story lived many times over, often with tragic endings. I sincerely wish this woman success in her attempt to pull herself out of a very deep pit. An excellent account!
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Victoria Turk's 'The Damage Done' is very aptly titled - it outlines the story of a woman whose early childhood during the 1970s set the stage for the physical, and more importantly, mental struggles that would define the rest of her life.

Turk's account of this woman's constant struggle is both well written and captivating. As the article progresses, I was continually pushed and pulled in opposite directions: did this woman's continued failures to stay "clean" represent a simple lack of genuine motivation on her part, or were they rather tell-tale signs of a true psychological "disease"?

As I see it, the story of Peggy's life-long struggle is used as a colorful and powerful backdrop to explore that fundamental tension. By surveying the history of addiction in the late 20th century via a series of interviews, Turk's story allows the reader to draw their own conclusion about the "roots of addiction".

No matter which conclusion one draws, the story presents an apt depiction of the very personal struggle of one woman whose desperate attempts at gaining freedom from addiction have shaped the course of her life, vividly highlighting the very serious role that both individuals and societies must play in taking addiction seriously, even if that involves reevaluating our cultural stance towards it.

All in all - a very interesting and thought-provoking read.
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