The Partnership welcomes author Joshua Lyon to Decoder. Joshua is the author of Pill Head: The Secret Life of a Painkiller Addict, a compelling and honest book about his painkiller addiction and the growing epidemic of Rx abuse among today’s youth. We’re excited to be giving away a free copy of his book Pill Head - new in paperback - see below for details.
When I was younger, I used to harbor a lot of anger toward my parents regarding my drug abuse. I accused them of missing all the signs that I was in emotional pain and using any substance I could to mask that pain. But deep down, I knew that anger was baseless. I was a high-functioning addict , and telling lies was as easy to me as breathing.
After years of messing around with pretty much every drug, I discovered prescription painkillers while writing an article about how easy they were to buy online. As part of my research I bought some myself, just to prove the point. I decided to sample the goods, and my response was immediate. Nothing felt better, and I could do anything on them that I’d do when I was sober drive, go to work, even babysit younger family members. I was constantly high, but I always felt 100% in control. And no one knew.