BOOK REVIEW: What’s left of us: a memoir of addiction

This autobiographical tale of a seven day detox for heroin is an honest, candid and surprising look into what motivates a drug and sex addict. More here on why you should buy this book!

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Richard (Richie) Farrell is the author and voice behind a wonderful and difficult story of heroin addiction and recovery. He tells it like it is. The tale is at times heart wrenchingly sad, thrilling and absolutely nightmarish…but the WAY that Richie tells you about his life keeps you reading.The mark behind any good book, in my opinion, is the first sentence. If that first sentence can draw you in, you will keep reading. “What’s left of us” does that and more. Richie keeps you strung along, wondering what will happen, and what DID happen in his past in a wonderfully rich and real language that is both intelligent and street wise. This book is the real thing.

I recommend this book for someone in recovery, or someone who is not even an addict, to understand and relate to what motivates people to use sex, heroin, behaviors or substances to dull the pain of life. I thoroughly enjoyed reading “What is left of us” (although sometimes I could not pick it up for fear of what will happen next) and hope that you will go straight out and pick it up.

Have you any recommendations for other addiction memoirs? I’m looking for other good books for my recovery library.  Post them here, email me, or submit a comment form at the bottom of any page.  Cheers!

About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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