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Coming Clean : Diary of a Painkiller Addict (Paperback) (Cathryn Kemp)

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Cathryn Kemp was a successful travel journalist who was struck down by a life-threatening illness. After four years of operations and mis-diagnoses she left hospital with a repeat prescription for a painkiller 100 times stronger than ******. Within 2 years she was taking more than 10 times the NHS maximum, all on prescription. Her family struggled to understand; her boyfriend left her, she hit rock bottom. Discovering she had only 6 months to live if she didn't give up the pills she sold everything she owned and checked into rehab. In the treatment centre she was told that she was unlikely to recover from 'the highest level of opiate-abuse in the clinic's history'. To everyone's amazement, she proved them wrong.This is an extraordinarily poignant, vivid and honest memoir. Based on the 24 diaries that the author kept during this period, we travel with Cathryn through her hospital agony, descend with her into the hell of addiction and cheer her as she pulls herself out and upwards. It is a love story, a horror story, a survival story, and one that shows only too clearly the very real dangers of the over-prescription of painkillers and tranquillisers.There will also be a resource section for sufferers and their loved ones.
Number of Pages: 312.0
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Little Brown & Co
Author: Cathryn Kemp
Language: English
Street Date: May 9, 2017
TCIN: 51765754
UPC: 9780749958077
Item Number (DPCI): 248-32-8501

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