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Throughout Pinsky's time hosting MTV's popular Loveline show-in which he and cohost Adam Carolla (The Dr. Drew and Adam Book) frankly answered teen questions about sex and drugs-Pinsky also ran the drug addiction rehab clinic at Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena, Calif. In this engaging and well-written memoir, he incorporates a frank description of his work with the "manipulative, secretive, frightened, paranoid and unstable" patients at Las Encinas, a single-story bungalow on 30 acres once used as a Hollywood backdrop (this is where W.C. Fields died and Ozzy Osborne's son recently spent time). Pinsky plays down the Tinseltown connection, preferring to look at his entire range of patients, who represent "every possible facet of society, from the rich to the destitute to the socially prominent to the disconnected." What they share are the typical hot buttons of trauma-"pain, abuse, neglect, abandonment"-and the attempt to ease the pain through drug addiction. Pinsky provides a hard-nosed look at the realities of a detox clinic, from the patients' physical illness and flashbacks to doctors' letdown when a patient quits the program and returns to addiction. Pinsky freely admits that he doesn't know why some people "get it" and stay sober while others can't; at the same time, he openly discusses his own problems ("I turned to rescuing other people the same way my patients turn to drugs and alcohol").
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Dr. Drew Pinsky, famous as the compassionate and sensible advice doctor on the hugely popular radio show Loveline, shines here in his debut solo publishing effort. Pinsky's day job is not quite as glamorous as the Loveline gig: he tends to junkies, prescription drug addicts, and out-of-control alcoholics at a Southern California rehab clinic. Here he details, in an honest, intelligent, and touching way, the superhuman and often futile effort it takes to save these lost souls. Patients at the clinic include strung-out models and celebrities, messed-up Beverly Hills teens, as well as those from the other side of the tracks, all of whose cases encompass addictions to every known type of narcotic or alcohol. Pinsky doesn't spare the reader's feelings and details with a clinical eye the horror of these ravaged lives as well as their frightening process of physical withdrawal. The doctor also share his struggles with his own demons, including various emotional attachments to patients, his antipathy toward some, his compulsive need to save all of them, and the despair at the herculean tasks he sets himself to. He also marvels and finds comfort in the resiliency of the human spirit when even one patient finds the way to recovery. This excellent, highly topical, and well-written book is a must-have for public libraries. Kathleen Hughes
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He hates Clinton (good) but likes euthanasia (huh?). He advocates "harm reduction" (that ol' secular-humanist standby) but he says the '70s were bad (the... Read morePublished on July 17 2004 by Robert
Preface: Drew, you were feeling depressed about the poor book reviews on the show-hopefully, by writing this review, I can begin to repay you for all the greatness you've bestowed... Read morePublished on July 16 2004 by Emily W.
Drew, because you asked on air for people to review your book on amazon and I sadly have no life--here I am! Read morePublished on July 16 2004 by Katie
Drew Pinsky is a brilliant man and cracked is fantastic book. You don't need to be or even know an addict to appreciate this book. Dr. Read morePublished on July 14 2004 by John Fleming
This was a fantastic book, I loved every chapter. Dr. Drew, you are a God. If you are reading this, then can you say my name on the air. Thank you.Published on July 14 2004 by Goat
I read this book in 6 hours at work and I believe it to be one of the best books I've ever read, because it not only taught me about a new subject, but it taught me a lot about... Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by Chuck
I thought this was a really good book. It basically is about what the day to day life is of Drew, a Dr at a rehab clinic. Read morePublished on July 9 2004 by Amazon Customer
Dr. Drew stop writing good reviews under different names. You aren't fooling anyone.Published on July 6 2004
Don't get this book if you are looking for insight into drug addiction or advice on treatment. This is only a self-indulgent, poorly written book by some doctor with a radio show... Read morePublished on July 3 2004