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iUniverse, 2005 - 324 pages
On June 28, 1996, Pat Holloran's life changed suddenly and forever when Drug Control confronted her for the theft of narcotics from the hospital where she worked. Pat was working full time on the night shift and taking care of her three children, her husband, and her severely disabled father. Stadol, a narcotic ten times stronger than Morphine, was her drug of choice. She started taking it to help her sleep. She kept taking it because she could not stop. "Walking Like a Duck" reveals the agony of enduring a punitive disciplinary process to preserve her nursing license; how it impacted her sanity and her career, and how her secrets and lies traumatized her marriage of over twenty years. "Walking Like a Duck" puts a face on addiction...and recovery.
 

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Contents

Impaired
3
Humiliation
12
Saving My License
23
Fear
27
Walls and Shields
29
Repentance
35
Denial
37
Disease
46
The Passionate Process
161
Hurting
165
Laboring
174
The Hearing
184
Baggage
229
Trickery
232
Judgment
238
Acceptance to Transcendence
247

Legalese
52
Home Life
62
Kindred
66
Courage
75
Detox
84
Enabling
101
Turmoil
106
Religion
112
Legalese Part Deux
116
Deliverance
125
SponsorAngel
128
Emerging
131
Quack
134
Risks
139
The Great Oak
144
Expectations
153
Willingness
157
Disclosure
249
Healing
256
Perceptions
260
F Words
262
Sweet Pee
268
Blessings in Disguise
279
Loss
284
Costly Mistake
285
Eyesight
290
Wants and Needs
293
Why?
295
Duplicity
300
Recapturing
311
Today I Pray
313
Epilogue
317
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