For those of us who have never experienced chronic pain, it's hard to imagine what friends or loved ones with these types of ailments must be going through. The same can be said for the little-talked-about addictions to prescription drugs that often accompany private battles with long-standing pain.
I want to thank Ms Zwarnstein for this literary and well-researched book that describes her own experiences of degenerative spinal pain, as well as her accompanying foray into the world of opiode painkillers. If you have friends or loved-ones suffering from chronic ailments, or even if you don't, I'd highly recommend this book as a window into such experience.
Opium Eater is also fascinating as a moral / ethical / artistic exploration of the line between addition and pain-management: a line that most of us don't often think about, but that in today's world is increasingly topical.
A good read. I'd recommend it!
Opium Eater: The New Confessions Perfect Paperback – Jan. 1 2016
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If you can't personally relate to the news about the opiate crisis, but want to start to understand, read this. It follows the journey of someone from normal life to diagnosis of disease, worsening symptoms, painkiller prescription, to the struggle between avoiding dependency or addiction and being able to go on living.
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I read this book in one sitting, uninterrupted. I was moved in all of the ways that one could possibly hope for when reading - a truly rare and beautiful human experience. I loved it, and couldn't possibly recommend it more.