Drug Addiction In A Million Little Pieces By James Frey

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Register to read the introduction… In the memoir A Million Little Pieces the writer and main character, James Frey, leads a drug addicted life that he …show more content…
Withdrawal can be described as one of the most excruciating experiences, causing hallucinations, sweating, convulsions and more as the body tries to purify itself. The body’s dependency on drugs becomes so strong after a while it does not know how to survive without them; it keeps waiting to have a need filled, like hunger. At treatment centers, there are detoxifying drugs that help to ease the transition between the addictions from street drugs without causing the body to shut down, slowly easing the body back into its normal state. When James first arrives in rehab, he is put on these detoxifying drugs, as they start to wear off he starts to feel the effects of the damage he has done to himself. As he is waiting for a refill, he describes, “As the line moves forward I start to feel anxious and nervous and angry. With each step closer to the drugs, the feelings become stronger. I can feel my heart beat faster and I look at my hands and they’re shaking and when I get to the counter I can hardly speak. I want something, I need something, I have to have something. Anything at all” (31). Not only is his body hurt physically but he also has to go through this intense process to improve his health, knowing there is really only one thing he is craving and it is drugs. When James arrives at the treatment center he is very …show more content…
When James first starts rehab he is angry at everything and determined not to make friends with anyone there. He sees that every relationship in his life has been ruined by his problems and he does not even think he can be successful with treatment so there is no point in forming friendships. His aversion to friendships changes when he meets Leonard, who takes James under his wing and shows him a more positive side of life. As James becomes more comfortable with people he forms other relationships with counselors and patients. His roommate Miles is someone completely opposite from him, a quiet black judge who loves music and who is in rehab for a drinking problem. As they share a room they become closer and James can even comfort him to make his journey easier. At a point when Miles is down, James lets his actions speak, “I stand, walk over to him, sit down on his bed, put my arms around him, hug him. He hugs me back strong and I can feel the shame coming through his arms. I am a Criminal and he is a Judge and I am white and he is black, but at this moment none of that matters. He is a man who needs a friends and I can be his friend” (205). Here you can see that as James relates to sadness in his life, he knows he cannot offer anything but support for a fellow addict trying to get his life back on track. Not only

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