A moving narrative of one doctor's experiences with ER patients on their journey to recovery.
When he's not hosting his wildly successful shows on MTV and the radio, Dr Drew Pinsky spends his working day in a major South Californian clinic, treating the severest cases of drug dependency and psychiatric breakdown. In this riveting new book, Pinsky shares, for the first time, stories of these troubled souls' struggles with addiction, sexual abuse and other traumatic events in their lives.
His accounts read like 'ER' in book form - from the sexually compulsive model who alters between throwing objects around her room and shyly befriending other patients, to the girlish opiate addict who seems strangely calm during her withdrawal period because, as Pinsky soon discovers, she has been sneaking sex with a predatory male patient.
At the centre of all these stories is Pinsky himself, who immerses himself passionately, almost compulsively, in his work. In fast-moving, gripping vignettes, this book reveals the extraordinary human toll addiction and other behavioural and psychological dysfunctions can take on patient and doctor alike - but also the extraordinary, life-affirming magic that each side can encounter on the road to recovery.