Dr. James Baker: This Monstrous Obsession

Dr. James Baker: This Monstrous Obsession
Reading, Discussion and Book Signing
Tuesday, June 18 at 5:30pm

Raw, honest, and insightful, This Monstrous Obsession is a book written to support and inform parents and family members of addicts. Like many American doctors and parents of a child with addiction, Dr. Baker did not know anything about addiction care until he experienced it through his son Macky’s addiction and eventual death from a heroin overdose. Through his experience, Dr. Baker learned hard truths about addiction, its treatment, and the profound impact addiction has on both addicts and their families alike.

Though we are deeply familiar with the tragedy and severity of the opioid crisis, almost everything we hear about it in the media or online is outdated, irrelevant, driven by profit over patient care, or just plain wrong. Worse, many doctors don’t understand this crisis either, as no doctor is required to learn about addiction treatment unless they select it as their medical specialty.

In his book, Dr. James Baker lays out the facts about addiction care that parents, family members, or anyone with a loved one suffering from addiction must know. He writes not only as a veteran of hospice care and palliative medicine but also as a parent who has lost a child to addiction.

Dr. Baker weaves together the latest scientific research on addiction treatment, his reflections as a parent of a child with addiction, and Macky’s own thoughts and writings to craft an essential, cutting-edge book on why the opioid crisis persists and how we must treat it.

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Dr. James L. Baker is a physician, a parent, and an addiction advocate. Impacted by the death of his son Macky from heroin overdose, Dr. Baker has dedicated himself to educating the general public, advocating for needed legislation, and most importantly supporting parents and family members of addicts to best help their loved ones.

Starting on the evening of his son’s death, Dr. Baker decided to share the story of his late son Macky’s struggle with addiction and recovery. A strong advocate for effective addiction treatment, improved education, and legislative reform, Dr. Baker has dedicated himself to preventing addiction and overdose through teaching, writing, and advocacy.

Above all, Dr. Baker is dedicated to providing support and hope to fellow parents and family members whose loved ones are struggling with substance use disorder. Through his advocacy and writing, he hopes to provide answers to parents who don’t know where to turn and shed light on real, effective treatments—rather than for-profit rehab and detox centers.

Specializing in pain management and palliative care, Dr. Baker has cared for thousands of patients with terminal illness and supported their families. He has served at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School as faculty in emergency medicine and is now affiliated with UMass Medical School.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Baker serves as a physician consultant every week to the newly formed Massachusetts Consultation Service for the Treatment of Addiction and Pain (MCSTAP), a state-funded service that provides guidance, free of charge, to all physicians and nurses in Massachusetts who care for patients with addiction or complex pain.











Event date: 
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 - 5:30pm
Event address: 
372 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01602