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On Pills and Needles

The Relentless Fight to Save My Son from Opioid Addiction
Written by: Rick Van Warner
Narrated by: Traber Burns
Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
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When Rick Van Warner found himself searching abandoned buildings and dangerous streets looking for his missing son, he had no idea that the synthetic, pill-form heroin that had snared his teen was already killing so many. In the years of pain and heartache that followed, as he tried to save his son from opioid addiction, Van Warner discovered what the American public is just now becoming aware of: Opioids prescribed for even minor pain relief are so addictive that even a few days of use can create dependency. On Pills and Needles is a memoir that also serves as a wake-up call and crash course in opioid addiction. Through his harrowing personal story, Van Warner exposes the common causes of opioid addiction, effective and ineffective ways it has been treated, and how families can walk alongside loved ones who are dealing with the daily realities of addiction.

©2018 Rick Van Warner (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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The narrator was great and the story was hard to tear yourself away from. The family was strong and caring.

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  • Jeffrey Olsen
  • 2018-03-19

What is more dramatic the codependency and enabling of the father or the son’s addiction?

It’s difficult to decide who is worse the father who thinks he can make his son’s decisions for him or the son who disregards his father’s efforts. Maybe the son is begging to live his own life and bare the full consequences of his own choices and actions. These two are certainly not done yet. This story, of two people trying to figure out their own problems is just beginning. I feel compassion for both of them.

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  • Denver reader
  • 2019-05-19

Should be mandatory reading for parents and families

Tough topic and a story that no one wants to know firsthand. I so deeply appreciate Rick Van Warner for writing this. Thus story goes beyond that of an addict to one of a father’s own self discovery. Rick didn’t cause his son’s addiction but that he was willing to look at his own contributions to the situation and reflect on his past, his words, and his actions and present them with honestly and humility are what truly make this book unique and important. This is more than the journey of an addict; it’s the journey of a family caught in a global drug crisis.

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  • A. Young
  • 2019-04-27

Good insight into a personal journey

It’s nice to come away from a book that grows one’s knowledge enough to make a difference going forward. It helped me revisit some long left behind memories of life with my older brother, it increased my awareness of the hardship my parents must’ve endured and will help me with the families in family court that I advocate for. Thank you Mr. van Warner for exposing your grief to better the lives of others.

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  • D House
  • 2019-02-20

This book gives hope for addicts & their loved ones..

Thru this family’s many years of struggle with their son’s addiction, their was finally a happy ending where each person in this family, along with the addict, learned much about true love & unconditional acceptance. Enjoy each day, and do what keeps you balanced and at peace..joy will follow.

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  • Alyson S
  • 2018-04-26

Incredible Storytelling & Eye-Opening Subject

WOW. My husband and I devoured this book on a recent road trip, lamenting when we had to pause it to stop for gas or meals. We both considered ourselves pretty educated on the subject of opioid abuse prior to reading this, but we learned so much through Rick's amazing storytelling. This book is as much about just how to be a human as it is about drugs and addiction. And the icing on the cake is a wonderful narration by Traber Burns! Bravo!

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  • 2018-01-28

I lived this life

This was a book of heart and heartache. Your devotion to your son was truly amazing. My exhusband was a heartache only someone like this father could understand. I lived the chasing into places i should of never been. and the horrid feeling of is tonight going to be the night of a ending phone call. And after 20 years of trying and hope mine did not come to be.

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