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Book Reviews for The Opioid Epidemic

We wanted to share these reviews recently received for Scott H. Silverman's new book, "The Opioid Epidemic." The book is now available and you can grab your copy here.

Its been years  since i picked up a book that kept me engaged. Scott H. Silverman's book The Opioid Epidemic is an engaging read. It shines light on the seriousness of the opioid crisis in our country.  I think this book would benefit anybody who is struggling with addiction, or anybody who knows somebody in the perils of addiction, to be very valuable. Not only is it a great source of information but its a practical guide to solutions. I'm forever grateful for this book. I hope this book finds its way into the the hands those that are battling or affected by the disease of addiction. Hope is written in the pages of the book.


411 on The Opioid Epidemic & WHAT TO DO  - Highly Recommend this Amazing read!!! This book will truly help SAVE LIVES!!!


Truth or Dare The 3-Legged Stool of the Opioid Monster that is in Our Midst - The Opioid Epidemic is a book that is stunning in its breadth; welcoming in its blunt and everyday language; and crucial tools, tips, and strategies. If you have kids, the risk factors your teens will be running into are stunning. Do you know what they are? Are you prepared to confront them? If you have kids over the age of 10, both parents should be reading this book. As in now. Have a highlighter and sticky notes.

The Opioid Epidemic is where a parent, teacher, family member, and counselor should start ... it’s where they must start in dealing with the monster that is lurking in schools, seducing, and destroying lives of the naive and of the users ... and in many cases their loved ones.

The author is known as the Crisis Coach. He’s been there. He’s done that. He’s survived. Scott Silverman is someone you want in your corner if opioids are in your midst. Start with this book


A Practical Guide to Getting Help

Scott Silverman has managed to masterfully produce a work that everyone can understand. To many self-help books are complicated to follow, but his guide allows anyone to get help for their loved ones who struggle with addiction. Well written and easy to follow, Scott manages to stress the urgency of the opioid epidemic for those of us who may be in denial while still giving hope to people who may already be at the end of their rope. A book well worth the read that needs to be passed on to everyone in order to save lives.


The Opioid Epidemic is written by a man I've known for many years. As a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, who sometimes treats patients who are substance abusers, Scott has repeatedly been a useful resource to me. He has been one of the primary players in the treatment of all addictions in San Diego for the last 30 years. After struggling with his own addictions and then getting clean, he did a deep dive into working with addicts and alcoholics. That has become his life's work. You won't meet a more knowledgeable person about these matters.

Do you have a substance abuse problem? Does someone in your family have such troubles, a spouse or a child? How do you spot such a person? The identification is not simple because all addiction and alcoholics are liars. Probably the most important question after you've identified the troubled person is what to do with them. Scott can now be a help to you, through this book, just as he has been to me for many years. We know this is not an uncommon ailment since nearly 15% of the population in the United States have addiction problems. You'll get a small smattering of stats that are helpful in terms of understanding the severity of this problem in our culture, and then you'll learn what steps to take.

I can't think of anyone that would not benefit from this quick and informative book. Even if substance abuse has not directly touched your life, and if you're just curious about his plague that is everywhere around us, this is the place to learn.

 - Don Houts, M.D.

Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association

Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UCSD School of Medicine

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About Confidential and Scott H. Silverman: Scott has been fighting  against addiction for over 20 years, one person, speech, and book at a time.  Contact us by calling (619)452-1200 or visit Your Crisis Coach to learn more about Scott's work and public appearances.  You can buy a copy of his latest book "The Opioid Epidemic" here.



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Scott found himself "hitting bottom" in 1984 and accepted that he needed help for his problem and pursued treatment and long-term recovery. After pursuing his own recovery, Scott dedicated his life to helping others who struggle with the same mental health and addiction issues that caused him so much pain. Scott has made an indelible mark on the lives of many in San Diego. He has been on KUSI dozens of times to raise awareness about the dangers that we face, and to speak a message of recovery.