Book Reviews - Winter 2022

Hoping for Recovery

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The long struggle to explain and treat drug dependency

By Charlotte Bismuth | December 1, 2021
Marco Verch Professional Photography/Flickr
Marco Verch Professional Photography/Flickr

The Urge: Our History of Addiction by Carl Erik Fisher; Penguin Press, 400 pp., $30

A young doctor is engaged in a mighty struggle with alcoholism. One night, exhaustion and amphetamines push him so far over the edge that he cries out for help. A neighbor calls the police. When the officers arrive, the doctor admits that he can’t trust himself to cooperate. We might hope that the officers would respond with compassion, perhaps a call to a mental health professional. Instead, they stun the young man with a taser.

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