Book Review: The Face of Addiction

The Face of Addiction by Joshua Lawson

According to some politicians, ‘Just Say No’ is enough. That’s all one has to do to withstand becoming addicted to drugs. However, like many solutions which are promoted by politicians, that’s a simplistic and ineffective ideology and treatment plan.

This book looks at the struggles, questions, and failures/successes of real people coping with drug addiction. They don’t sugar-coat their experiences. They are first-hand conversations with the author, who decided to “get close” to the issues, needs, and crises of the Appalachian community where he was living and working. There are successes that make you almost shout with delight. There are failures that will make you teary-eyed. And there are surprise endings that are gut-twisting and discouraging.

Addiction is a beast. People need help to fight it, which translates in real life to medical resources and therapists to support them as they progress through treatment. But, sadly, healthcare in America does not invest in rehab programs and resources for addicts. It’s not glamorous. It doesn’t inspire pharmaceutical companies to give away samples.

Reading this book was important for my own understanding as a pastor, chaplain, and bereavement counselor, as well as a sister/aunt/friend. Each person’s journey will give you pause… and may we each take the knowledge we gain to help those who need support. As their stories will tell you — it really could be YOU one day, standing in the need of prayer.

The Face of Addition: Stories of Loss and Recovery. Joshua Lawson. (c) 2021 by Joshua Lawson. Quoir Press, Oak Glen, California. Paperback. 171 pages.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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