In his eye-opening new book, A Walk Down Misery Street, Petr Nemirovskiy serves as a compassionate witness to the diverse lives that intersect in a busy outpatient drug treatment clinic and ED of one of New York City’s hospitals. Although the accounts are fictionalized, Mr. Nemirovskiy draws on his real-world experience as a certified substance abuse clinician to provide a unique and accessible perspective on the lives of drug users.

The book is notable for taking a holistic perspective on the phenomenon of drug addiction, addressing a broad range of issues from the philosophical questions regarding why people use drugs, to the spiritual challenges that loved ones face, and more. The author easily communicates these underlying themes through a series of humorous anecdotes and serious situations, making both the patients and fellow staff members he encountered in his work come alive to a wide audience.    

The themes addressed in A Walk Down Misery Street are particularly relevant today, as the United States is experiencing an unprecedented crisis of opioid overdose. 

This book will be interesting to any readers who have been touched by addiction or anyone who is interested in reading a sensitive and original take on the issue.