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Addiction To Prescription Pain Killers and The Street Drug Heroin: A Guide to Understanding and Overcoming Opioid Dependency and Opioid Addiction Paperback – September 23, 2011
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About the Author
Dr. Gregory H. Pierce has practiced medicine in Pennsylvania for 30 years. He completed a five year residency program at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia before joining his father’s practice and specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. After becoming an ordained minister, Dr. Pierce joined the Philadelphia Police Clergy and worked with Mothers Against Drugs to interrupt the selling of illegal drugs in the inner city. His experience with drug abusers led him to be certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine and he has served as medical director for two methadone clinics for addicts of painkillers and heroin. Dr. Pierce is a certified personal trainer and second-degree black belt in Shotokan karate and currently resides in the Philadelphia area.
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When I first picked up this book by Gregory H Pierce, MD I was wondering if it would be helpful at all. You see I have friends and loved ones that struggle in a big way with pain killers and heroin. I wanted to be able to understand and support them through their treatment and recovery.
Dr. Pierce in his about me section describes how he has devoted his life to helping those with drug addictions. He also describes how the goal of the book is to answer questions about addictions to pain killers and heroin and how to help on the road to recovery by laying down what he calls “seeds” that will help on the path to being free from addiction.
The first three chapters describe what opiods are, their history and how they work. They are a major problem in society especially in the United States. Drugs change how the body works and opiods as Dr. Pierce explains are no different. The drugs included in opiods range from prescription drugs and illicit drugs such as heroin. When Dr. Pierce explains how these drugs work he does it in such a way that most people could understand. He explains why opiods are so addictive and even gives a personal example about how it can be easy to abuse prescribed drugs.
In the next three chapters Dr. Peirce goes in to more detail about why people get hooked on these drugs, and then goes on to explain what dependency and addiction looks like. People innocently take these drugs to escape from some emotional trauma in their lives. Over time though they develop a dependency which if left alone can turn into an addiction.
In chapter 7 he explains why opiod addiction really is a disease. Even if someone may stop using opiods and go through treatment they have to understand that as Dr. Pierce put it they will always have an opiod allergy.
In chapter 8 Dr. Pierce describes the treatments available for those with an opiod addiction. He then begins to give the seeds mentioned earlier.
In the remaining chapters he describes treatments, withdrawals and seeds that can help through recovery.
This book was well written, and is a must have for anyone who struggles with addictions or knows someone who does. The importance of addressing this issue in our society cannot be overstated. So I encourage you to buy this book.