The Addict by Michael Stein
One Patient, One Doctor, One Year

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“A gripping, illuminating book . . . Dr. Stein is drawn, in an almost Sherlock Holmesian way, toward trying to fathom and analyze addicts’ behavior. . . . hauntingly and successfully, Stein lets readers make a doctor’s experiences their own.” — New York Times

“Beautifully told… [with] great insight, empathy and compassion.” — Abraham Verghese, author of The Tennis Partner, My Own Country, and Cutting for Stone

The Addict is the powerful and revealing narrative of Dr. Michael Stein’s year-long treatment of a young woman addicted to Vicodin. Dr. Stein has followed up his award winning book The Lonely Patient with “a useful, sensible, and often inspiring guide to how the medical profession does—and should—treat the sick, and the sick at heart.” (Francine Prose, O magazine)


About Michael Stein

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Michael Stein is the author of the award-winning The Lonely Patient as well as five novels. He has been treating addiction for more than twenty years and is a professor of medicine and community health at Brown University.
Published March 25, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 292 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Recounting his interactions with Lucy, Stein takes the opportunity to correct misconceptions about addicts and addiction: You can’t become addicted overnight, he writes, and addicts aren’t moral weaklings with no self-control;

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Dr. Michael Stein’s memoir spins a yearlong two-person drama out of treating a patient uncontrollably addicted to Vicodin.

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With a crisp detachment that belies his vulnerability and caring, Stein (The Lonely Patient ) masterfully records the relentless pain—physical and psychological—that brings Lucy Fields, a 29-year-old Vicodin addict, to his door with “a peculiarly common modern American condition.” Though the lite...

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Lucy's first appointment with Dr. Michael Stein on a sunny April day began a yearlong series of encounters that took her back to the origins of her addiction and unraveled a life driven by compulsion and the constant pursuit of the next pill.

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