Free Refills

  • by Peter Grinspoon
  • Narrated by Kiff VandenHeuvel
  • 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Free Refills is the harrowing tale of a Harvard-trained medical doctor run horribly amok through his addiction to prescription medication and his recovery.
Dr. Peter Grinspoon seemed to be a total success: a Harvard-educated MD with a thriving practice; married with two great kids and a gorgeous wife; a pillar of his community. But lurking beneath the thin veneer of having it all was an addict fueled on a daily boatload of prescription meds. When the police finally came calling - after a tip from a sharp-eyed pharmacist - Grinspoon's house of cards came tumbling down fast. His professional ego turned out to be an impediment to getting clean as he cycled through recovery to relapse, his reputation, family life, and lifestyle in ruins. What finally moves him to recover and reclaim life - including working with other physicians who themselves are addicts - makes for inspiring listening.


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couldn't put it down

What did you love best about Free Refills?

I read daily, but it has been a long time since I have read a book that I could not put down. I listened to the audio version of Grinspoon’s Free Refills and I found myself listening in my car in the driveway, while I was walking through the house, getting dressed, brushing my teeth, etc. I finished the 9-hour book in under 2.5 days. There are several things that I loved about this book. One is just the story and the wonderful writing. It is just a great read. Another is the honesty…it takes a lot of guts to be so candid about one’s mistakes in life. It is also an important book on the opiate problem that we are currently experiencing in our country. Lastly, as a physician myself, I feel that it is an important book to remind us all that doctors are people too, full of their own strengths and weaknesses, successes and failures.

What other book might you compare Free Refills to and why?

Howard Schultz's "Onward" as another book in which someone is so honest and candid about their mistakes.

What about Kiff VandenHeuvel’s performance did you like?

His performance was just fine.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I like the scene where he finally, finally, really hit rock bottom as he was plunging the toilet and realized that his life had to change.

Any additional comments?

I hope Grinspoon writes more books!

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- Andrew E. Budson, MD


First just let me say that the narration was awesome...I say that first so I don't forget. Addicted doctors are not something I didn't know about, but this story goes into such detail about the entire experience including his personal life. If I was asked to re-name this book it would be "Doctors are People Too". The high standards to which they are held after being caught are in my opinion, Ridiculous! You may think I'm crazy but listen and see if you don't feel the same at the end. What a great listen, I am actually going to see if Doctor Grinspoon has written anything else. It's pretty hard to shock me having been an addict myself but I found myself picking up my jaw more than once..oh and get ready to laugh out loud even in the midst of this injustice. Please don't get me wrong, I know there must be consequences but how this man didn't throw in the towel is amazing to me. The punishment did not fit the crime!
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- Beverly Low

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-16-2016
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio