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Winner of The Big Red Read Prize for Non Fiction 2013, Painkiller Addict: From Wreckage To Redemption is published by Piatkus Books (imprint of Little, Brown Book Group).
It is a memoir of Cathryn's addiction to prescription painkillers after a traumatic, life-threatening illness.
The book, which was also nominated for The Samuel Johnson Prize 2012, heralds a new journey in Cathryn's writing career.
Formerly a national journalist (The Mirror, The Guardian, The Independent, The News of The World, Daily Mail, The Sun, Grazia, Red magazine), the author moonlighted as a travel writer for Lonely Planet, writing and contributing to six guides on Eastern Europe and the Baltic States.
Now, a mum-to-be, Cathryn lives on the Sussex coast and is an outspo
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It’s been four years since I emerged from rehab, blinking into the new light of sobriety, a shivering, puking, frightened wreck. That terrified wreck is still inside me, I don’t suppose she will ever go away, and I don’t suppose I … Continue reading →
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“I used to think a drug addict was someone who lived on the far edges of society. Wild-eyed, shaven-headed and living in a filthy squat.
That was until I became one...”
Cathryn Kemp, Painkiller Addict: From wreckage to redemption - my true story

“There is a reason why so many heroin addicts die of their affliction. And the reason is this: the withdrawal process. It is so desperate, so frightening and all-consuming that it is simply very often the only ‘logical’ choice of an addict to keep using, to keep clinging to the chains of their addiction, rather than go through this.”
Cathryn Kemp, Painkiller Addict: From Wreckage to Redemption - My True Story

“And I was – still am – in a state of permanent terror that the pancreatitis may return. I still have nightmares about hospital and it is two years since my last admission. Those nights in A&E haunt me, and will probably do so forever, with their brutality and pain. No wonder I took a bit more, then a bit more, until it all spiralled out of control. No wonder I tried to run from those damaging memories into the arms of mother opiate. Charlie”
Cathryn Kemp, Painkiller Addict: From Wreckage to Redemption - My True Story

“No medicine cures what happiness cannot.”
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That was until I became one...”
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