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When Rick Van Warner found himself searching abandoned buildings and dangerous streets looking for his missing son, he had no idea that the synthetic, pill-form heroin that had snared his teen was already killing so many. In the years of pain and heartache that followed as he tried to save his son from opioid addiction, Van Warner discovered what the American public is just now becoming aware of: opioids prescribed for even minor pain relief are so addictive that even a few days of use can create dependency.

On Pills and Needles is a memoir that also serves as a wake-up call and crash course in opioid addiction. Through his harrowing personal story, Van Warner exposes the common causes of opioid addiction, effective and ineffective ways it has been treated, and how families can walk alongside loved ones who are dealing with the daily realities of addiction.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2018
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0801075351
ISBN-13: 9780801075353

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Author Bio

Rick Van Warner is a 30-year veteran of journalism, crisis management, and media relations. Rick was compelled to share his personal story to help other families after recognizing the endemic nature of the current opioid addiction epidemic. A graduate of Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Communications, Van Warner began his career as a daily newspaper reporter. Always willing to tackle tough challenges, he also volunteered as a social worker within the New York State youth justice division, where he counseled teens confined to group homes after committing serious crimes. Rick lives in central Florida with his family.

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  1. Kendra
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    insightful but not faith-based
    February 16, 2018
    Kendra
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 2
    This book chronicles one family's journey in the fight to save their son/brother from opioid addiction. Van Warner is honest and vulnerable, and doesn't gloss over the pain, personal failures, financial collapse, and relentless emotional toll that his son's addiction took on his family. After many efforts at rescue and treatment, he came to the conclusion that only his son could choose to change, and the role of the family was unconditional acceptance and love for who he was as a person.

    I found the book helpful in understanding the epidemic proportions to which opioid addiction has risen, and the extreme difficulty of overcoming the addiction. It also shows the toll addictions take not only on the individual, but on the family and their community. I think reading this book could be helpful for family, friends, and acquaintances who are providing support for families facing addictions.

    Considering the Christian publisher and marketing, I was disappointed that the book offers so little spiritual content. There are few references to God or faith, and what is there isn't always clear whether it is a Christian faith or a "spiritual connection with nature" kind of spirituality. If you are expecting a book that tells how a person finds strength from God, church community, etc. to deal with the pressures and stresses of addiction, this isn't it.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher (Baker Books) in exchange for my review.
  2. daischop
    Chattanooga, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting read
    February 8, 2018
    daischop
    Chattanooga, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
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    Excellent book. So good that I had a difficult putting it down. The story is about Rick Van Warner's son who has become addicted to Opiod's. The stress, trauma and devastation that wracks within families that has a member addicted to pills.

    This was one book where I wanted to skip the suspense and head to the back of the book just to find out the ending. Did his son survive or die? But I fought against the urge and read each and every painful page. The amount of time spent on their son to bring him back from the brink was emotionally draining. But, upon reading it, I've become more aware of the widespread problem. I admit, I wasn't aware. I knew about it, but not on how it affects the family base.

    The one thing that I agree on, based on another reviewer, is that for this to be out by a Christian publisher, I didn't realize I was reading a Christian-based book. This would have done just as well within a non-Christian publisher rather than under the Christian genre. But perhaps, that was the only way that it would be read by those who are averse to reading anything outside of Christian based publications.

    I did appreciate the mixture of facts based upon his own journey with his son. The beginnings of the Opioid crisis and how it in turn came to affect the rest of the nation.

    In the end, I enjoyed the book and would definitely recommend reading it.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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