Unlike any other memoir, The Weight of Air lays opioid addiction bare as a symptom of depression. Through that lens, it's easy to see why faith and abstinence-based treatment increase the risk of death and relapse by as much as 93%, and how Medically Assisted Treatment cuts fatalities and relapse by up to 79%.
Raw (and darkly comedic), The Weight of Air eviscerates conventional addiction wisdom - the disregard for science and evidence in treatment, prevention and drug policy; racist catalysts behind US drug laws; reasons that, despite its proven efficacy, Buprenorphine is inaccessible to the vast majority of 20 million addicts.
The Weight of Air will be published in 2021.
Despite the overwhelming prevalence, 97% of adults with co-occurring opioid addiction and depression disorders in rehab receive care for addiction only.
When addiction is equated with moral failure and opioids are lumped in with "recreational" drugs, we invalidate the real cause of a national health emergency. Pain killers kill pain - physical and emotional.