This is another section of my unpublished book, Clean Enough. I describe stages in the process of addiction that I’ve noticed in opioid addicts presenting for treatment. I must point out that these stages have not been validated by clinical research, but rather are drawn from simple observation. Read on:
I am always impressed by how similar addiction progresses in one individual versus the next. The next reader’s comments and my comments afterward demonstrate a pattern that I have observed in one opioid addict after another. Throughout these posts, comments that I receive from others will be italicized.