If I were to write out a list of words describing Dreamland, it would not include pleasant, fun, or even inspiring. Rather, it would include words like educational, eye-opening and alarming. It was not an easy book to read, despite the fact that it is well written and thoroughly researched. There were times that I had to set it down and walk away. It hit too close to home. I've known numerous friends and coworkers who've dealt with opiate addiction, some of whom ultimately lost their struggle. It was difficult to read about addiction and prescription drug abuse in such blunt terms. However, the very same experiences that made reading the book painful, also made it feel necessary. I felt driven to read and understand the forces that created such widespread devastation, to better understand the uphill struggle that addicts face in recovery, a struggle which ends in failure all too often. And in this department, Dreamland absolutely delivered.