The Resource Opium Fiend

Opium Fiend

Label
Opium Fiend
Title
Opium Fiend
Statement of responsibility
Steven Martin
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA renowned authority on the secret world of opium recounts his descent into ruinous obsession with one of the world's oldest and most seductive drugs, in this harrowing memoir of addiction and recovery. A natural-born collector with a nose for exotic adventure, San Diego--born Steven Martin followed his bliss to Southeast Asia, where he found work as a freelance journalist. While researching an article about the vanishing culture of opium smoking, he was inspired to begin collecting rare nineteenth-century opium-smoking equipment. Over time, he amassed a valuable assortment of exquisite pipes, antique lamps, and other opium-related accessories--and began putting it all to use by smoking an extremely potent form of the drug called chandu. But what started out as recreational use grew into a thirty-pipe-a-day habit that consumed Martin's every waking hour, left him incapable of work, and exacted a frightful physical and financial toll. In passages that will send a chill up the spine of anyone who has ever lived in the shadow of substance abuse, Martin chronicles his efforts to control and then conquer his addiction--from quitting cold turkey to taking "the cure" at a Buddhist monastery in the Thai countryside. At once a powerful personal story and a fascinating historical survey, Opium Fiend brims with anecdotes and lore surrounding the drug that some have called the methamphetamine of the nineteenth-century. It recalls the heyday of opium smoking in the United States and Europe and takes us inside the befogged opium dens of China, Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos. The drug's beguiling effects are described in vivid detail--as are the excruciating pains of withdrawal--and there are intoxicating tales of pipes shared with an eclectic collection of opium aficionados, from Dutch dilettantes to hard-core addicts to world-weary foreign correspondents. A compelling tale of one man's transformation from respected scholar to hapless drug slave, Opium Fiend puts us under opium's spell alongside its protagonist, allowing contemporary readers to experience anew the insidious allure of a diabolical vice that the world has all but forgotten.From the Hardcover edition
Summary
An authority on opium paraphernalia traces the history of opium use while recounting his descent into addiction, describing how his experiments while researching an article led to a dangerous habit that prompted numerous rehabilitation efforts
Biography type
autobiography
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10116574
Cataloging source
DLC
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1962-
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Martin, Steven
Dewey number
  • 362.293092
  • 920
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Biography & Autobiography
  • Psychology
  • Self-Improvement
  • Nonfiction
Target audience
adult
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a 21st century slave to a 19th century addiction
Label
Opium Fiend
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Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:cea401ca-17b3-41f2-b697-58eff3f28cfb
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780345517852
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Opium Fiend
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:cea401ca-17b3-41f2-b697-58eff3f28cfb
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780345517852
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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