W. H. A Road Less Traveled. Ann Intern Med. 2003;138:1004-1005. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-138-12-200306170-00017
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2003;138(12):1004-1005.
I kept buttoning and unbuttoning my black leather coat, responding to the alternating waves of heat and chill typical of narcotic withdrawal. It was a familiar sensation, but instead of being at home with the flu, I was sitting in a circle of fellow substance abusers sharing the misery and confusion of early sobriety.
We were a mixed bag of personalities, ages, ethnicities, income levels, and drugs of choice. There was a housewife who smoked pot daily, a young Filipino with a new baby and a methamphetamine habit, a 25-year-old blonde facing prison for her fifth DUI, an alcoholic ex-policeman showing signs of irreversible brain damage. And me: a middle-aged internist, mother, and narcotic addict.
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