Accidental Addict: A True Story of Pain and Healing…also Marriage, Real Estate, and Cowboy Dancing

A memoir by Linda Crew about her inadvertent addiction to and recovery from doctor-prescribed opioid painkillers and the benzodiazepine Xanax.

Linda Crew was a happily married mother of three grown children and the author of nine novels. In September 2012, she had total knee replacement surgery and was prescribed Oxycodone and Xanax. She promptly descended into three years of drug-induced hell, becoming sick, reclusive, hateful, and in certain stretches nearly comatose. This memoir is the story of how she survived during this time and what helped her recover.


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