Drug use might look like fun when Lena Dunham does it, but
take it from Hannah Horvath: once the high wears off, it's just not that fun
anymore. If you've ever seen a drug abuse movie or (ahem) memoir, you know it's
all downhill from there: the pain is not
pretty. Hangovers. Injuries you can't remember happening.
Blackouts. Withdrawal dreams. Vomiting. Lots and lots of vomiting.
If the goal of A
Million Little Pieces is to scare us off drug use forever, it sure
Questions About Suffering
What is the most painful part of the recovery process forJames?
Do all the patients suffer in the same way? What do some of the other patients go through that James does not?
Is any of James's suffering self-inflicted?
How does James use his suffering to motivate himself to get better? Does he do this at all?
Chew on This
The pain of withdrawal acts as both an incentive to get
better (so as not to experience the pain again) <em>and </em>to use again (so as to obliterate the bad
feelings of withdrawal).
It's difficult to tell if James writes in so much detail
about the pain he's suffering because it was <em>so painful </em>or because he didn't actually
experience this pain at all, and he's just trying to <em>convince</em> us he did.