The Weight of Air: A Story of the Lies about Addiction and the Truth about Recovery

The Weight of Air: A Story of the Lies about Addiction and the Truth about Recovery


, kindle-book, audiobook, 2022, Autobiography, Nonfiction, Biography, Self Help, Health

“Readers will cheer Poses [in this] potent addition to the literature on drug addiction and recovery.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred)

While his wife and two-year-old daughter watched TV in the living room, David Poses was in the kitchen, measuring the distance from his index finger to his armpit. He needed to be sure he could pull the trigger with a shotgun barrel in his mouth. Twenty-six inches. Thirty-two years old. More than a decade in a double life fueled by depression and heroin.

In his groundbreaking memoir, The Weight of Air, David chronicles his struggle to overcome mental illness and addiction. By age nineteen, he’d been through medical detox, inpatient rehab, twelve-step programs, and a halfway house. He saw his drug use as a symptom of depression, but the experts insisted that addiction was the problem. Over the next thirteen years, he went from one relapse to the next, drowning in guilt, shame, and secrets, until he finally found an evidence-based treatment that not only saved his life, but helped him thrive.

With grit, humor, and brutal honesty, David’s story reveals that traditional recovery models actually increase stigma and the risk of overdose, relapse, and death. As depression and addiction rates skyrocket and overdose fatalities surge, The Weight of Air is a scathing indictment of our failed response to the opioid crisis—and proof that success is possible.

“David Poses’s unflinching memoir takes you to the dark corners of addiction—and shows there’s a way out.”—Eric Eyre, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Death in Mud Lick

“A searingly honest addiction memoir with a much-needed perspective.”—Maia Szalavitz, New York Times best-selling author of Unbroken Brain

Title:The Weight of Air: A Story of the Lies about Addiction and the Truth about Recovery
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    The Weight of Air: A Story of the Lies about Addiction and the Truth about Recovery Reviews

  • David

    Twenty-five years ago, when I railed against faith and abstinence-based treatment and insisted my addiction was a symptom, my views were dismissed as outlier opinion by “experts” with no medical c...

  • David

    This is an incredibly moving book, and a timely one. (Say "opioid crisis" three times fast.) David Poses isn't playing out the familiar story of an addict finding their higher power and "getting clean...

  • David Crow

    This is a very brave book from an extraordinary man, who probably could have died a hundred times over. Thankfully, not only did he not die, he has lived to tell a powerful and compelling story about ...

  • Chris Boutt

    The opioid epidemic has been going on for over 20 years, and it nearly killed me until I was able to get clean back in 2012. Since then, it’s killed countless others, but there’s still not nearly ...

  • Chesa Rasmussen

    This is definitely one of the most honest and real accounts of what it is like to live life after going through an in patient rehabilitation center and what life is like after. I should know, because ...

  • Haliation

    I have a hard time rating this. This was not at all what I was expecting - this book is more of a memoir than a critical look at how faulty drug policy and abstinence-based recovery models fails most ...

  • Maya

    The Weight of Air is a debut memoir about depression and drug addiction that reads like a fast-paced novel. The autobiography arrives in bookstores at a critical time in the U.S. as depression, drug ...

  • Susan

    I will start by saying I avoid memoirs & non- fiction. I much prefer a fun little story with a neat bow at the end. That being said , I enjoyed this book immensely! The writing is straightforward and ...

  • Isela Martinez

    David Poses' story is one that completely did away with my impressions (or prejudice) of what depression and substance use can be. Read this book. It's important. It is a heartbreakingly honest insigh...

  • Kinnon Ross

    As a person in recovery and a harm reduction nurse and advocate I loved this book. The way that the feelings and processes of using and stopping are described are so accurate.- The deep deep sadness t...