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James Frey

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1.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Description of treatment is fiction not fact. 17 de noviembre de 2005
Por Macazonian - Publicado en Amazon.com
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I have worked with alcoholics and addicts for many, many years, and I worked for the Hazelden Foundation, the treatment program the author indicates he attended. His description of the events in treatment never could have happened. All treatment centers are strictly regulated by a licensing board called the Joint Commission as well by state laws. What James Frey describes is in gross violation of these strict standards of accreditation. The treatment center would have been severely disciplined or shut down. Hazelden is one of the finest treatment centers in the world and is the pioneer of treatment as we know it today. Their treatment program is centered on respecting the dignity of each patient and preserving the safety of all who are admitted.

James Frey would not have been admitted into treatment in such terrible medical condition without first being sent to a hospital for care and then admitted only after the hospital staff granted medical clearance. He wouldn't have been given stitches in his face at the treatment center, because treatment centers aren't licensed to give that level of medical care. Yes, recovering people can use anesthetic. Anesthetic is not an addictive drug, so no one needs to endure painful dental work or stitches or surgery without masking the pain. Pain medications (which are addictive) are used when necessary, such as after major surgery.

There are no men in white coats with syringes tackling people who misbehave. People in treatment don't behave in ways the author describes. People are mostly kind, caring and thoughtful. Disagreements are generally mild in nature, and mood-swings are usually the worst we must contend with. When someone behaves in an unacceptable manner, they are asked to change their behavior or be discharged. Treatment romances are never tolerated because they are a precursor to relapse and disrupt the entire unit. Physical violence always results in discharge, as does destruction of property. A patient would be asked to leave immediately if he destroyed a room full of furniture, for example. (Accomplishing this feat, by the way, would be extremely difficult because the furniture is made of heavy wood, built for endurance.)

The author's assertion that a doctor left the ER without treating him and then drove him to an airport is equally astonishing. Putting a patient on an airplane, where he cannot access emergency medical care while suffering from severe head injuries is unthinkable. That the airlines allowed James Frey on the plane is impossible to believe. These things simply aren't allowed to happen for very obvious and good reasons.

It goes without saying that counselors don't drive patients to crack houses-or anywhere else-while they are in treatment. Doing so would result in immediate dismissal. Never have I heard people screaming in detox, nor would someone be left lying on a floor overnight. Patients are well monitored and vitals are checked on a regular basis to be certain that blood pressure isn't dangerously high due to the body coming off alcohol and/or drugs. Without close monitoring, we would risk strokes or heart attacks. It is also surprising that almost everyone the author went through treatment with has died or disappeared in rather unorthodox ways. I've never know of this to happen and none of my colleagues, whom I've asked, have ever heard of this either. We sometimes hear that one individual out of a treatment group dies, but even that is fairly rare. People do relapse after treatment, but that happens primarily because people don't follow their aftercare plan.

I hope if you read this book, you will keep in mind that this description of treatment is fiction. No one who is thinking of going into treatment to seek help should be afraid, thinking they will experience things similar to what the author has described. All reputable treatment centers offer caring support, preserve patients' dignity and will not allow one person's behavior jeopardize the wellbeing of all others. As for the author's assertion that he has stayed sober without the help of AA or other 12 step groups, that may be true, but only about 2% of addicted people find this method successful. And of that 2%, most continue to behave in much the same way they did when they were drinking or using drugs, only without the alcohol or drugs in their systems. Sometimes they are so unhappy and angry being "dry" because, without a recovery program, they haven't learned to find contentment in sobriety, and their behavior becomes more intolerable than before. The main purpose of AA isn't just to quit drinking or taking drugs, but to become a better person in recovery.
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1.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas A Million Pieces of Crap 14 de junio de 2003
Por Tripp Winslow - Publicado en Amazon.com
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This is an amazingly bad book.
Ridiculously pretentious,vain and stupid, James Frey wallows in self-pity for many pages.
And his Writing Style is a satirist's dream:

He thinks he's "Edgy" but He just doesn't Know how to Write.
To write, in Words.

How to write. Words, words, words.

I'm James Frey.
I'm repeating myself. Myself, myself, My Self.
My Important Self. My Edgy, Drug-Addicted Self.
Look At Me!
My Rich Parents sent Me to Rehab and I'm Really Edgy!
I'm Writing.
In Sentence Fragments.
That Repeat and Repeat and Repeat. And I'm really Edgy and Maudlin. And in the End I Hug and Hug and Hug and My Stupidity is really an Inspiration to Everyone.
One star: Good for a laff.
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1.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas He had me going for a while 4 de enero de 2006
Por Jake - Publicado en Amazon.com
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Then I felt like a player in a poker game with a mirror behind my back. The book is in no way a memoir, the lies become so obvious after a while that it's insulting to the reader. His style is intriguing at first, then it becomes tiresome and tedious. The glowing reviews astound me. The positive side is that I see now that anyone can write a book. Now if I could only get on Oprah's book list. And maybe we need a treatment program for Oprah addicts. Cheap pulp fiction at it's best.
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1.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Complete fiction 28 de diciembre de 2005
Por Concerned reviewer - Publicado en Amazon.com
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This book seems like complete fiction -and bad fiction at that. I'm stunned that Oprah's group didn't do any research - no airline would let this guy on the plane covered in vomit and blood. No rehab facility would let meals be catered, patients gamble to televised football games nor, especially, let one of the patients lead a counselor into a crackhouse in search of a patient that left the facility. James Frey is a failed screenwriter that came up with his best dose of fiction and a lot of desperate people bought it. Funny how the "people" or should I say "characters" that could have exposed him are all dead. I doubt that any really existed, particulary "Leonard" the mobster who says the author is the toughest kid he'd ever met. Pure, awful, dangerous fiction.
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1.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas To begin with , how could you believe this story? 13 de enero de 2006
Por Ann - Publicado en Amazon.com
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I actually finished this book about 2 weeks ago. Sorry to jump on the band wagon this late in the game. I work in the addictions field. While reading this book, I never comtemplated the author's legal issues as being truthful or untruthful. I did however, find his story of his treatment to be quite unbelievable. First, what rang false for me was the author's depiction of the emergency dental care under the watchful eye of the unnamed treatment facility we know now to be Hazelden. As an addictions' treatment professional with 20 years experience, I cannot for the life of me fathom why a dentist was prohibited from using novacaine to treat some serious injuries and HOW a dentist agreed to that. What treatment center would make that a condition of allowing their patients to receive adequate dental care? Novacaine is NOT addictive. It is not mood-altering. It is not, as some would believe, related to cocaine. Second: Hazelden has the reputation of being a pretty expensive facility which offers good, thorough treatment. According to Mr. Frey's book, there was a sorry lack of true treatment professionals coupled with a lack of structure. There are scenes depicted in the book when counselors felt free to share private patient information with the other patients (a violation of a federal law, by the way). This facility was apparantly a place where patients were allowed to have private, catered parties, leave the facility frequently for romantic trysts, and go on rescue missions to the local crack house (accompanied by Hazelden staff !!???). All with staff knowledge. Sorry, that just didn't happen.

I understand that ALL treatment programs are flawed. It is a fact of life and a factor in helping addicts to receive adequate help.

Finally,don't even get me started on the encounter in France with the priest. In 20 years, I have heard just about every horror story and have been witness to as many miracles. I have seen Mr. Frey's scenarios in movies before. And that is just what this is: a Hollywood screenplay waiting to be picked-up.

Those who find inspiration in Mr. Frey's story should not lose hope. He has faced and triumphed over some emotional hurdles. I love a good tale. That's exactly what this is.

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