You can't have a story about abuse and rehab without having
something to abuse and get rehabilitated from.
What would Trainspotting
be without heroin? Or Requiem
for a Dream without diet pills and heroin? Or A Million Little Pieces
without booze, pot, cocaine, crack, meth, heroin, and everything
Little Pieces is less about abuse side of things and more about
the recovery side, but that doesn't mean we don't get flashbacks, withdrawal
dreams, and fantasies about heading back over to the dark side of drug abuse.
Questions About Drugs and Alcohol
- Why do you think James starts using and abusing drugs and alcohol?
- Do you think James Frey really used as many substances as he says he did?
- What is the most difficult part of James's rehabilitation process?
Chew on This
It's difficult to imagine that James really was the hardcore
user he says he was, especially given that he recovers in only six weeks and
has never once relapses.
Because James says he "chose" addiction, it's
easy for him to just "choose" recovery in the end. The relative ease
of his recovery (only six weeks, and he's cured forever) demeans the long struggle
many addicts go through.