A CARDIOLOGIST'S CONFESSIONS From Prescription Drug ‘Samples’ To Addiction


From Prescription Drug ‘Samples’ To Addiction:
One Doctor’s Journey To Hell And Back 

By Jack Wellington


“Every 19 minutes, a person dies from prescription drugs.”
—Sanjay Gupta, MD CNN

The painful truth: Physicians are not invincible when it comes to drug addiction. At the height of Dr. Steven Farber’s twenty-five year career as a respected cardiologist, he began to lead a double-life after discovering medicated bliss through prescription drug samples that were constantly being brought to his office. Suffering from professional burnout from taking care of acutely ill patients, this passionate doctor eventually was living the role of Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde, an escape that eventually turned his life upside-down. After losing his medical license and the life of a friend, Dr. Farber finally hit rock bottom and admitted himself into intense rehabilitation. 

In Sick As Our Secrets, perhaps the most candid book ever written about addiction, Dr. Farber takes you on a journey... his own journey, of raw recollections of his darkest days – so powerful, readers celebrate with him as he eventually realizes a life absent of chemical dependency. 

This is the story of a doctor turned addict, who meets death and destruction on his road through the horrors of addiction.  It is a thrilling account of his own personal gut-wrenching journey and exemplifies the terrible nature of addiction, a disease that affects millions of Americans and people across the globe.

“As Sick as Our Secrets is the powerful and compelling description of my journey to hell and back,” says Dr. Farber. “It’s meant to hit the reader in the gut,” says Dr. Farber. “It is important to understand the destructive forces of addiction and its deadly impact on our society. Addiction affects millions of people every day, and we must tackle it head-on and find solutions.”

Some readers will see themselves reflected in its pages and identify with my feelings and experiences. This could be your story or the story of a friend or loved one. The good news is that there absolutely is a proven path to recovery.

The unsightly scene among health professionals addicted to prescription drugs might look like something out of the eye-opeing movie, Flight. Denzel Washington’s character, a charismatic and successful commercial airline pilot, remedies a sleepless night of hard partying with a couple of lines of cocaine and a cocktail of prescriptions meds, to which he then rushes to work, where he flies a plane full of passengers.  

Now imagine your worst nightmare... the doctor who is to perform your surgery is traveling on the same destructive path during the hours leading up to your operation. Make no mistake, it happens. When you consider that doctors and nurses have very easy access to prescription drug samples, it’s not surprising that addiction is an epidemic that is rarely spoken of in medical communities.

Addiction to prescription drugs is responsible for more deaths in our country than traffic accidents! Further, half of all adults over eighteen have a friend or family member who is suffering from alcoholism or addiction to illicit or prescription drugs.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) confirms that deaths from narcotics have quadrupled over the last decade.  

Above all, this is a story of hope.  By sharing the story of his addictions and recovery, Dr. Farber has shed light on a problem that has become an epidemic.  He shares his story to help those who are struggling with their own addictions and are afraid to come out of the closet.  Dr. Steven H. Farber, MD, received his medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital. He completed an internal medicine residency program and cardiology fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He founded a non-profit organization called HEART of Montgomery County to improve access to affordable healthcare for the community’s indigent and uninsured population. In 2003, Dr. Farber published Behind the White Coat, a personal memoir, and then co-authored Stepping Stones to Success with Deepak Chopra and Jack Canfield in 2011. With his newest book, As Sick As Our Secrets, Dr. Farber aims to inspire hope and healing, not just for others in the medical field, but for the millions suffering from this epidemic that is sweeping our nation. 

As Sick As Our Secrets is available at,, Steven Tyler’s (of Aerosmith) and

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