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  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (11 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 125004328X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250043283
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,264,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Death Grip A world-class climber's memoir of high-altitude risk and rock-bottom addiction to prescription psychiatric drugs--and his dramatic fight to free himself from their grip.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By V B Frederick on 7 April 2013
Format: Hardcover
I very much looked forward to reading "Death Grip" and am pleased to say I have not been disappointed. The author writes in a brilliant, engaging manner, telling a most powerful and compelling story of perseverance and recovery. Anyone affected by addiction or dependency on benzodiazepine tranquilizers or antidepressants will be informed and inspired, and those who are not aware of this issue will be educated. I also think every doctor and healthcare professional should read it, as well as rehabilitation staff, counsellors, family members and others who provide care. This book offers valuable information, good advice, and poignant insight into the very typical scenarios of being misdiagnosed and inappropriately treated, which many in withdrawal are subject to. Thank you, Matt Samet, for this empowering, validating and informative contribution.
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The poignant survival story of a young climber sucked into a maelstrom of psychotropic medications and ill-informed doctors. 22 Feb. 2013
By Gascard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Like millions of people all over the world, Matt Samet resorted to taking benzodiazepines and antidepressants to treat a panic disorder, unaware of the dangers associated with their long-term use. From the initial relief brought by the pills to the ensuing nightmarish life-or-death taper, a few years later, the author depicts brilliantly his neurochemical predicament with a fresh, invigorating style.

Death Grip will provide many with potentially life-saving informations on benzos and their drawbacks. It is also a beautiful tale of resiliency, or how a man could find in his inner core the strength to finally break free and heal.

Neophytes will take a glimpse into the fascinating world of climbing, and young people will recognize in Matt's story many of the challenges brought about by coming of age.

Above all, Death Grip is a message of hope for all people in the grip of prescription-drug addiction, and a powerful wake-up call for all mental health professionals.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Madness 10 April 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!!!! I have been through 25 years of pain and suffering thinking and saying to all the Dr.s I have seen that these meds. Are dangerous and Don't work. We as a society have to stand up for ourselves and fight these giants. Matt your story was heart wrenching and I am so Thankful that you have told it. Your insight into this haze was so insightful and informative. May you always have peace and happiness. Keep climbing!!!!! God Bless you and your family.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great and timely book 15 Jun. 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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As someone who has been taking benzo's as prescribed for 10 years and recently tapered off of them this book was just what I was looking for. I wish I knew about the Ashton Manual before I did my taper but I got through the hell that is benzo withdrawl. My hell lasted about a month and then I started having those windows of clarity. I'm still going through it but it's books like this that help me remember that this is temporary and no matter how insane my anxiety, depression, confusion, etc. gets, I AM HEALING!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Engrossing 17 Feb. 2013
By Peter Zuckerman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I loved DEATH GRIP and believe that anyone who likes adventure -- or who has dealt with major adversity -- will fall in love with this tale. The story captivated me from the start. It kept me up late, turning pages when I should have been asleep. I finished the book feeling fulfilled and uplifted, having a little more understanding of people who suffer from addiction.

I don't write many book reviews and I've never met or interacted with Matt Samet. But as the author of a bestselling climbing book (BURIED IN THE SKY) and someone who has read extensively in the genre, I can say this book makes my short list of favorite reads.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Riveting 15 April 2013
By Amy Villacci - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Matt Samet delivers a raw, gripping account of a years long battle to break out of a drug induced fog in order to reconnect with his true self. He tells his story in a way that gets inside your head and breaks your heart. His voice is at the same time tragic and triumphant, full of dark ironic humor and frank honesty. He brings to light a topic that receives little mainstream attention, namely, the dangers of benzodiazapines and the liberal prescription of these drugs by a medical establishment that stands to profit from the chemical sedation of a vulnerable population. This book presents a wealth of information alongside a truly remarkable story of a man fighting for his life. Buy it. Read it. You won't be sorry.
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