Recent Reader Comments about “From Harvard To Hell…and Back”

…If you live with or have lived with an addict you can relate to this book. I if you haven’t, then give thanks -Daily. To go to Harvard and then Harvard medical school should lead to a life of comfort respect and success. Not always the case. As this Dr found out his life could go as low as his educational highs. The reader will go from surprise to disappointment when seeing how choices in life can lead you far away from the goals you assumed were assured. We often see addicts as homeless street people, but part of those feelings protect us from ” being one of those people.” You won’t feel that way after reading this book…

 

…I give Dr. Sviokla a lot of credit for being so upfront and honest. He is very lucky to have such a terrific family…

 

…This book is great whether you have been addicted, know someone who is, or no nothing about drug addicts at all. Without giving away the entire plot, I will just say that it is a pretty quick read, and one that starts out and grabs your attention from The author who happens to be a med student when he first gets addicted, is very honest about everything he did, and how he hid it all from everyone at first. I think everyone who reads it will really like it…

 

…I read this book about addiction because I work in a medical facility. I do find it interesting that the physician/author claims that he did not harm anyone while practicing under the influence. There are many ways to cause harm to patients that do not always involve a sentinel event. If he was under the influence as much as he claims to be I highly, highly doubt that he can be 100% sure that he did not cause any harm at all to any of his patients. I think it also a bit disingenuous that he feels so persecuted in California, and seems upset that they do not allow him full reign to start to practice medicine again. I applaud him for being brave enough to examine his own behavior, but he first blames a nurse for hitting his sciatic nerve while giving him an injection. Seems self serving to blame someone else for starting a patient down the path to addiction. The medical profession causes patients to have painful, uncomfortable issues regularly…ask someone who is undergoing chemo for example…and plenty of patients tolerate such discomfort without becoming drug addicts or alcoholics. He also goes after nurses again at the end of the book by writing about how so many of the medical addicts he treats/counsels are nurses. Stop pointing fingers at others and get real. Addiction and alcoholism are equal opportunity…for so many people in this world…

 

…I got this book book because it supposed to be a different kind of book–not the usual addiction book. Well, it sort of is the usual addiction book with the added fact that this man went to Harvard. A Harvard man got addicted. And it wasn’t just a Harvard man it was a Harvard doctor. This Harvard man got addicted to drugs and it was a big, very big problem. The shame for a Harvard man! There is some humbleness and there is redemption but good Lord just how many times can Harvard be mentioned in one book…

 

…I’m an alcoholic currently in recovery and this book was a great read would recommend it for anyone with any addiction problems!…

 

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