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With compassion and insight, Michael Stein tells the true story of one young woman addicted to Vicodin, following her from the start of treatment, through relapse, into long-term recovery. THE ADDICT takes us into the heart of the fastest-growing drug disorder in the United States—the addiction to prescription painkillers—and into the mind of a doctor who wants to help and understand his patients. Written in a deeply personal style from the front lines of an epidemic, it is filled with moving and thought-provoking stories about how addicts think, feel, and talk about their conditions. In this intimate story, Stein shows how common misperceptions about getting and staying sober persist at every level of the addiction-care system. And he creates a searing portrait of the personal bond between doctor and addict, which he believes can be the key to sobriety.










Praise for THE ADDICT

"Dr. Stein has known addicts well since his early training, and he is drawn in an almost Sherlock Holmesian way, toward trying to fathom and analyze their behavior. He loves to listen and analyze. That's what makes The Addict a gripping, illuminating book." - The New York Times


“The Addict is a beautifully told story of addiction, but from the perspective of a physician whose vast experience working with people caught up in substance abuse reveals itself not in cynicism but in great insight, empathy and compassion. Stein’s experience and his writing skills provide a window to what it is about being human that drives us to addiction and what it takes to be rescued."

-Abraham Verghese