We Mainline Dreams: The Odyssey House Story
- Publish Date: 1973-12-21
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Judianne Densen-Gerber
The Odyssey House story is more than just history and statistics, and this book is much more than a simple description of the origins and development of the country's most successful program for curing drug addiction. Dr. Judianne Densen-Gerber, Odyssey's founder and Executive Director, has written a dramatic first person account of her rigorous and often unorthodox methods of treatment, of her pioneering concern for child addicts and the special problems of addicted mothers, and of her unending battle with politicians and bureaucrats for an adequate response to the drug epidemic. But Dr. Densen Gerber's narrative is only part of the story. The ex addicts and professionals who run the program have contributed remarkably candid autobiographical sketches, along with news clippings and photos, drawings and poems, schedules , reports, and other documents that capture the texture of day to day life at Odyssey. Here, in short, is all the joy and anguish and zest and outrage that have built a program with the uncompromising idealism to make bold promises, and the determined energy to keep them...