Health educator Mogil shares insights into her own and others' addictions and recoveries in this book about dependencies upon prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
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The author, a healthcare provider, founded Prescription Anonymous in 1998. After killing a young man with her car, Mogil began abusing such prescription drugs as Darvon, Demerol and Percodan, and remained addicted for over 15 years. Although the accident was clearly not her fault, her subsequent despondency and guilt led a physician to prescribe medications. The feeling of peace that the drugs initially provided soon developed into a full-blown addiction. For years, Mogil manipulated other doctors into prescribing new drugs. After a major overdose, she finally admitted the gravity of her problem. Drawing on her own and others' experiences (with numerous first-hand accounts), the author strongly suggests that prescription drug addicts should admit their powerlessness over the addiction, find a good therapist and locate a sponsor (someone who has overcome the same problem) for feedback and support. Although the philosophy of Prescription Anonymous, with its talk of admitting one's powerlessness over the drugs and submitting to a higher power, etc., is very similar to that of other recovery support programs such as AA and NA, the author felt that others like her needed to talk with those who had or were going through aspects of recovery particular to prescription medication. Mogil does offer useful, though hardly new, advice about denial, cross addiction, detoxification and relapse. She advocates strongly for physicians to prescribe medications more carefully and warns that not all doctors are addiction-savvy. (Dec.)Forecast: This topic has been covered in the major newspapers and magazines, and with this book, Mogil's concerted focus on medication addicts should increase public consciousness of the problem.
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Mogil, a health educator who became addicted to prescription drugs, found that although "a bottle of pills was more likely to be found in an unlocked medicine cabinet than a bottle of vodka or syringe filled with heroin," there was no support group for prescription addicts. So she founded the nonprofit Prescription (Rx) Anonymous. In this fast-paced book, she tells how she and others easily manipulated healthcare providers in order to obtain pills that they wanted. She then offers practical suggestions to help both the patient and his or her family with the recovery process. Common questions and answers and a list of resources are included, and a list of the least addictive over-the-counter remedies is particularly useful. The author also spells out what she sees as the specific responsibilities of pharmacists, physicians, dentists, and other healthcare providers in fighting prescription abuse and helping people recover. Most of her suggestions could apply to anyone getting over a dependency. Recommended for public libraries. Natalie Kupferberg, Biological Sciences/Pharmacy Lib., Ohio State Univ., Columbus
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