Dr. Peter Grinspoon seemed to be a total success: a Harvard-educated MD with a thriving practice; married with two great kids and a gorgeous wife; a pillar of his community. But lurking beneath the thin veneer of having it all was an addict fueled on a daily boatload of prescription meds. When the police finally came calling - after a tip from a sharp-eyed pharmacist - Grinspoon's house of cards came tumbling down fast. His professional ego turned out to be an impediment to getting clean as he cycled through recovery to relapse, his reputation, family life, and lifestyle in ruins. What finally moves him to recover and reclaim life - including working with other physicians who themselves are addicts - makes for inspiring listening.
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By Andrew E. Budson, MD on 20-02-16
couldn't put it down
What did you love best about Free Refills?
I read daily, but it has been a long time since I have read a book that I could not put down. I listened to the audio version of Grinspoon’s Free Refills and I found myself listening in my car in the driveway, while I was walking through the house, getting dressed, brushing my teeth, etc. I finished the 9-hour book in under 2.5 days. There are several things that I loved about this book. One is just the story and the wonderful writing. It is just a great read. Another is the honesty…it takes a lot of guts to be so candid about one’s mistakes in life. It is also an important book on the opiate problem that we are currently experiencing in our country. Lastly, as a physician myself, I feel that it is an important book to remind us all that doctors are people too, full of their own strengths and weaknesses, successes and failures.
What other book might you compare Free Refills to and why?
Howard Schultz's "Onward" as another book in which someone is so honest and candid about their mistakes.
What about Kiff VandenHeuvel’s performance did you like?
His performance was just fine.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I like the scene where he finally, finally, really hit rock bottom as he was plunging the toilet and realized that his life had to change.
Any additional comments?
I hope Grinspoon writes more books!
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By Jane on 16-04-17
Would love to hear his ex wife's side of the story
Is there anything you would change about this book?
Too much ranting about his uncaring ex wife. There are three sides to every story...his, hers, and the truth. I am sure living with an addict must be extremely hard
Any additional comments?
It was a great story that needs to be told. I just got fed up with how much time was spent berating his ex wife. While I do not know who she is, and she is referred to by a letter in the story, many people must know who she is so I feel bad for her. He said himself he left the house to go to his office to use many evenings. Guess that wasn't much fun for her!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful