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Look What Dragged the Cat In: The rise of an opioid crisis Hardcover – July 10, 2018

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Extremely topical, this hardcover book on the opioid crisis illumines with clarity and candor the history of how this deplorable situation arose, its current status, and what might be done to contain if not eradicate it. The author breaks down the difference between  an opiate and opioid and establishes that the country faces a crisis and not an epidemic. He also carefully corrects various misconceptions held by the public and sometimes spread by the media. Blame is carefully apportioned between drug companies, physicians, and insurance companies/prescribers. He takes to task unproven and ineffective means to combat the crisis and concentrates on causative factors such as alcoholism and its many related health risks. Emphasis is put on better primary prevention measures such as prohibiting alcohol advertising, lessening public consumption, pricing alcohol higher, and preventing first use by adults as well as children.

The writing, using everyday language, provides a comprehensive rundown of various drugs and their effects, treatments used and their impact, and the role of media and the political world. Subheads enable quick reading. Many quotes, both informative and provocative, embellish the lucid text. 
-- December 2019


DR. JEANETTE GALLAGHER, MD
Want a frank discussion? Read the first sentence of the book.

Healthcare will implode and keep pushing the wheel barrow to take on overdoses and the addicted. Then where will we be? Being 'uncomfortable' has become a disease to drug, usually to self-medicate. We romanticize and patronize our drugs of self medication - like tobacco/nicotine, alcohol, and other drugs - until the drugs take one of our own. Then we blame the doctors and the manufacturers, quickly shifting the blame so that our skivvies won't show our spots: 'It can't be me, You did it to me.'

Stevens looks at the gateway drug we romanticize, the drug that has our blessing when it comes to experiencing another space and time, the drug culture accepts for escape from the moment, the drug we glorify as a treatment for the soul, spirit, body and mind. The solution to the opioid crisis isn't in the opioids. This crisis is driven by fear, 'not me,' diversion, protecting the gateway drug as sacred. Address the gateway drug, hes ays, and in his own fashion he is saying, 'find a better route to address the reasons we drink - the shame, the guilt, the uncomfortable - to stop the cycle of drug crisis after drug crisis in every generation.'

Our society trains us to use the drug alcohol, only we don't call it a drug. It's beer. Or wine. Or malt beverages. We train people to self-medicate for relaxation which can only come from this drug: Weekends Were Made For Michelob. The drug alleviates what is in the way of having relaxation or what's making us uncomfortable. When people cannot get the escape from the moment, we need a new drug. (Thanks, Huey Lewis.) We up our dosage, we seek stronger, we go to the dealer or the doc.

How do you come back from here, the prison and illusion of the life you are leading? How did you get here, this great expanse from the real you? Weekends Were Made For Michelob.
- Dr. J, 29 August, 2018
Dr. Winn Henderson, M.D.
 
 "Look What Dragged the Cat In" is easily the best book I have read on the health effects of alcohol on the human body. Scott's book presented the information in a verifiable, accurate, and to-the-point way that no logical thinking individual who is not already addicted to alcohol would want to continue to drink. I was a social drinker for 55 years prior to reading Scott's book. I no longer drink.

Rev. Winn Henderson, M. D., Author of Freedom From Addiction 3
July 5, 2019
 


Finalist 2019 Book Excellence Awards, Addiction & Recovery category
WINNER 2018 USA Best Books Awards, Current Events category
Finalist 2018 USA Best Books Awards, Health, Addiction & Recovery category


Dr. Jeanette Gallagher, ND


Want a frank discussion? Read the first sentence of the book.

Healthcare will implode and keep pushing the wheel barrow to take on overdoses and the addicted. Then where will we be? Being 'uncomfortable' has become a disease to drug, usually to self-medicate. We romanticize and patronize our drugs of self medication - like tobacco/nicotine, alcohol, and other drugs - until the drugs take one of our own. Then we blame the doctors and the manufacturers, quickly shifting the blame so that our skivvies won't show our spots: 'It can't be me, You did it to me.'

Stevens looks at the gateway drug we romanticize, the drug that has our blessing when it comes to experiencing another space and time, the drug culture accepts for escape from the moment, the drug we glorify as a treatment for the soul, spirit, body and mind. The solution to the opioid crisis isn't in the opioids. This crisis is driven by fear, 'not me,' diversion, protecting the gateway drug as sacred. Address the gateway drug, hes ays, and in his own fashion he is saying, 'find a better route to address the reasons we drink - the shame, the guilt, the uncomfortable - to stop the cycle of drug crisis after drug crisis in every generation.'

Our society trains us to use the drug alcohol, only we don't call it a drug. It's beer. Or wine. Or malt beverages. We train people to self-medicate for relaxation which can only come from this drug: Weekends Were Made For Michelob. The drug alleviates what is in the way of having relaxation or what's making us uncomfortable. When people cannot get the escape from the moment, we need a new drug. (Thanks, Huey Lewis.) We up our dosage, we seek stronger, we go to the dealer or the doc.

the conversation resonates with me,personally, and in my practice. It starts...
"Dr, my head hurts."
"Where does it hurt?"
"Here, see?"
"No I don't, so lets run some tests."
The tests did not show anything.
"I cant find anything wrong with yourhead. What else is going on?"
"Nothing doc and my life is my own business. Give me something in the meantime..."

How do you come back from here, the prison and illusion of the life you are leading? How did you get here, this great expanse from the real you? Weekends Were Made For Michelob.


- Dr. J, 29 August, 2018

About the Author

Scott Stevens is the author of four award-winning addiction, health, and recovery titles since 2010. Among the honors earned by the journalist and 2015 SAMHSA Voice Awards nominee: Four USA Best Books awards, a Next Generation Indie Books award, and a Book Excellence award. Stevens was named Chair of the 2018 International Conference on Addiction Therapy and Clinical Reports, Paris, France, and Chair of the 2018 International Conference on Dual Diagnosis, Melbourne, Australia. He is on the Organizing Committee for the AddictionTherapy2019 to be held in Barcelona, Spain.

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  • Item Weight : 12 ounces
  • Hardcover : 124 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1634922506
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1634922500
  • Dimensions : 5.98 x 0.44 x 9.02 inches
  • Publisher : Booklocker.com, Inc. (July 10, 2018)
  • Language: : English
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