Recovery from prescription painkiller or heroin addiction can feel impossible, especially considering that those who have gone through typical twenty-eight-day treatment programs often experience relapses and sometimes even fatal overdoses. But there is hope.In Painkillers, Heroin, and the Road to Sanity, recovering addict and prominent interventionist Joani Gammill offers a radically effective approach for those struggling with opiate addiction, sharing sometimes controversial tips that have worked for others who are in long-term recovery. Gammill examines the science behind the low numbers of people sustaining recovery from the disease of opiate addiction. Tapping the pioneering work of treatment professionals whose new approaches are changing the way we think about opiate addiction, she offers practical steps for creating a realistic and effective recovery plan.Gammill affirms that recovery from opiate addiction is a process, not an event. This honest and trustworthy guide reveals that, although it may not happen in one detox or treatment experience, a healthy, drug-free life is possible.
- ISBN-13: 9781616495213
- ISBN-10: 1616495219
- Publisher: Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services
- Publish Date: June 2014
- Page Count: 184
- Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.65 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-04-07
- Reviewer: Staff
Gammill, who regularly leads interventions on Dr. Phil, addresses a rise in opiate abuse in the United States and the nature of addiction and recovery, informed by her own lifelong struggle with prescription painkillers. Two million Americans are currently afflicted with opiate addiction, and with new uncrushable Oxycontin pills, many users have switched to heroin. The ages of first-time users is skewing younger than ever and have a higher rate of relapse after recovery. Gammill became addicted to pain medication post-surgery, using it to deal with residual pain from being molested as a child, alongside untreated anxiety and depression. She recounts her experiences with “doctor shopping,” seasonal “euphoric recall,” thoughts of suicide, and compulsive behaviors. Gammill critiques the “managed care” healthcare system in which hurried doctors dole out pills with little forethought, pharmaceutical companies unscrupulously push medications, and insurance companies fail to cover rehab expenses while their CEOs net huge profits. Gammill recommends working a 12-step program and provides strategies for maintaining sobriety as well as other options if you cannot afford treatment. This book provides a welcome education on opiate addiction and thoughtful words of support from someone who has been there and come out the other side. (June)