This book is based on information which the author obtained by interviewing 60 to 70 morphine addicts in the course of a sociologic study of drug addiction which was carried out fifteen years ago. The writer has been publishing articles on drug addiction based on this same material since that time. A perusal of the book forces one to the conclusion that the author has, in large part, accepted the views of the confirmed addicts who formed his case material as being the correct ones concerning addiction.
The central theme of the book is that a person is not an addict until he has experienced the distress of withdrawal of an opiate, has recognized the distress as being due to the lack of the drug, has used the drug to relieve the symptoms of abstinence and has been informed of the name of the drug. As a result of this