Addiction Nation: What the Opioid Crisis Reveals about Us

Book, 2019, 272 pp
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“Opioids claim the lives of 115 people per day. One of them could have been me.”

When a near-fatal illness led his doctors to prescribe narcotics, media consultant Timothy McMahan King ended up where millions of others have: addicted. Eventually, King learned to manage pain without opioids—but not before he began asking profound questions about the spiritual and moral nature of addiction, the companies complicit in creating the opioid epidemic, and the paths toward healing and recovery.

We have become a society not only damaged by addiction but fueled by it. In Addiction Nation, King investigates the ways that addiction robs us of freedom and holds us back from being fully human. Through stories, theology, philosophy, and cultural analysis, King examines today’s most common addictions and their destructive consequences. In stark yet intimate prose, he looks not only at the rise of opioid abuse but at policy, pain, virtue, and habit. He also unpacks research showing patterns of addiction to technology, stress, and even political partisanship.

Addiction Nation nudges us toward healing from the ravages of addiction and draws us toward a spirituality sturdy enough to sate our deepest longings.

“An important message at a critical time. . . . This book can help our nations, our families, and individuals recover and find healing!” — Richard Rohr, found of the Center for Action and Contemplation

“An eye-opener, a summons for those with quick judgments to think again.” — Scot McKnight, professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary

“Engaging. . . . Timothy McMahan King contends that our national opioid crisis is no accident.” — William R. Miller, distinguished emeritus professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of New Mexico

TypePrint
GenreBiography/Autobiography
ExpressionNarrative/Novel/Story
AudienceAdults
LanguageEnglish
PublisherHerald Press
ISBN9781513804064

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