Study Guide

A Million Little Pieces Drugs and Alcohol

By James Frey

Drugs and Alcohol

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 in between?

A Million 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

  1. Why do you think James starts using and abusing drugs and alcohol?
  2. Do you think James Frey really used as many substances as he says he did?
  3. 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.

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