Pill Head

Pill Head

The Secret Life of A Painkiller Addict

Book - 2009
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This compelling, honest book investigates the growing epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse among today's Generation Rx.

Through gripping profiles and heartbreaking confessions, this memoir dares to uncover the reality--the addiction, the withdrawal, and the recovery--of this newest generation of pill poppers.

Joshua Lyon was no stranger to substance abuse. By the time he was seventeen, he had already found sanctuary in pot, cocaine, Ecstasy, and mushrooms--just to name a few. Ten years later, on assignment for Jane magazine, he found himself with a two-inch-thick bottle of Vicodin in his hands and only one decision to make: dispose of the bottle or give in to his curiosity. He chose the latter. In a matter of weeks he'd found his perfect drug.

In the early half of this decade, purchasing painkillers without a doctor was as easy as going online and checking the spam filter in your inbox. The accessibility of these drugs--paired with a false perception of their safety--contributed to their epidemic-like spread throughout America's twenty-something youth, a group dubbed Generation Rx. Pill Head is Joshua Lyon's harrowing and bold account of this generation, and it's also a memoir about his own struggle to recover from his addiction to painkillers. The story of so many who have shared this experience--from discovery to addiction to rehabilitation--Pill Head follows the lives of several young people much like Joshua and dares to blow open the cultural phenomena of America's newest pill-popping generation.

Marrying the journalist's eye with the addict's mind, Joshua takes readers through the shocking and often painful profiles of recreational users and suffering addicts as they fight to recover. Pill Head is not only a memoir of descent, but of endurance and of determination. Ultimately, it is a story of encouragement for anyone who is wrestling to overcome addiction, and anyone who is looking for the strength to heal.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2009
ISBN: 9781401322984
Branch Call Number: 616.86 L994p
Characteristics: 270p


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gwsuperfan Nov 27, 2010

Far more than just an autobiography of addiction, Pill Head also contains a serious look at the assorted methods used to divert prescription medications into the recreational market and critiques of both the available treatment options for prescription medication addiction, and the DEA's strategies for combating the illegal trade in these drugs. The book also discusses the pharmacology of the assorted drugs that are commonly traded and used for nonmedical purposes, including opioids, SSRIs, MAOIs, benzodiazapines, and amphetamines.

Jul 19, 2010

This books was very well written. It's very entertaining & funny. If this is your topic of interest you'll have a great read. This isn't a book to help an addict so to say but rather a memoir of a previous addict.

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