Painkiller Addict – From Wreckage To Redemption

Cathryn Kemp

my true
“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

I wrote my book because even as I was going through major illness, addiction and recovery, I knew my life had become extreme and extraordinary in equal measure.

I didn’t know much else, I admit. Anyone who has gone through, or is going through, life-threatening illness knows that the world shrinks to the breaks between pain meds, the gap between GP appointments and the battles with health services.

And anyone who has, or is still, wrestling with addiction, knows that their world becomes a tiny circle of using, feeling shame, getting the substance and using again.

Nothing else matters. I mean nothing.

Cathryn Kemp


Featured on Addaction 5th National Recovery Conference

Featured on BBC1 Panorama “Hooked on Painkillers”

Featured on BBC Radio 5 Live

I bought this book after hearing the author on Woman's Hour. She is incredibly brave and her story is gripping, shocking and a real roller-coaster...