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“Attending a treatment center that addressed all core issues, rather than specific addictions, I was exposed to some stories from heroin addicts. However, being the treatment center wasn't specifically addressing heroin addictions I just got a glimpse of the reality that exists in that world....”see full review » see other reviews »
“Attending a treatment center that addressed all core issues, rather than specific addictions, I was exposed to some stories from heroin addicts. However, being the treatment center wasn't specifically addressing heroin addictions I just got a glimpse of the reality that exists in that world. After reading "Addiction: What's Really Going on? Inside a Heroin Treatment Program" I became more aware of the demons that exist in the lives of the addicts and the resulting behaviors. I commend Barbara Sinor for taking Deborah McCloskey's dream and manifesting it into a book. This book is for not only those in the recovery programs, but for those that want to know more about the reality of heroin addiction.”Irene W wrote this review Monday, May 17, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This story is a superbly written narrative of what it's really like to work in a methadone treatment program as a counselor. It doesn't hide the real issues of addiction behind any dazzling storyline, just plain, simple, truthful documentation of real occurrences. Being a substance abuse counselor myself, I know exactly what the author experienced, and at times it was so eerily similar to my experiences it brought a tear to my eyes. I also especially appreciated the way the author included her personal life as well as her professional life in this book. It was a great portrayal of the delicate balance often required between both lives when you're in a counseling position such as hers. This a great read and should be highly recommended for new counselors to read.”DelGal's Reviews wrote this review Friday, October 16, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Deborah McCloskey truly has a passion for working with heroin addicts, and that passion shows through in this book. Each story offers a heart-rending view of an addict and the people who care about them, the addiction and working to the other side, becoming drug free. McCloskey shows that while there is no easy fix, with understanding and care, and the proper medical treatment; all addicts have the means needed to change their life.
The characters are richly drawn, and you will find yourself rooting for them and caring about them. The actual discussion on the use of methodone and the psychology of addiction will prove useful to anyone with a loved one, friend, or family member in the grip of any addiction.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is considering pursuing a career in psychology, social work, or addiction counseling. You will find it invaluable. The book is written to appeal to the every day reader, too. You will learn from it, cry for the addicts, and cheer on the people in the trenchs working with addicts every day.