The Secret Life Of A Painkiller Addict
On Sale: July 7, 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
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.
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