Peter Grinspoon

Peter Grinspoon MD, Free Refills - A Doctor Confronts his Addiction (Hatchett Books, 2016)

Peter Grinspoon practices as a primary care physician at an inner-city clinic in Boston and is on-staff at Mass General Hospital. He teaches medicine at Harvard Medical School. He spent two years as an Associate Director for the Physician Health Service, part of the Massachusetts Medical Society. Today he is proudly nine years clean. He lives in Newton, MA with his wife Liz Grinspoon and their blended family.

Dr. Grinspoon graduated with honors in philosophy from Swarthmore College. Before medical school, he spent five years as a Campaign Director at Greenpeace, working on the nuclear-free seas campaign. He attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine, with internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital.


Dan Marshall, author of "Home is Burning"

"'Free Refills' is an honest and brave account of the ups and downs of addiction and recovery, and a reminder that sometimes our darkest moments can teach us the greatest lessons."

Mark Green MD, addictions specialist at Psych Garden

"Dr. Grinspoon bravely lays his complex sole bare as he tumbles from Harvard star doctor to addicted criminal. In this densely affecting ride through the contradictions of addiction, we cringe at his arrogance, resentment and self-justification while loving his compassion, commitment, and gratitude. We laugh at his cynical disdain for the simplistic platitudes and punitive inanity off the recovery world, but feel his pain as he learns humility and permits his best self to emerge. It's a process of discovery I hope to encourage in my patients, and provides hope without sugar-coating. This is an important book for doctors and patients that blurs the boundaries because it is so fundamentally human."

Dan Lyons, author of "Disrupted" and co-producer of HBO's "Silicon Valley"

"When two detectives showed up at Peter Grinspoon's medical practice informing him he was being charged with fraudulently obtaining controlled substances, he knew he was screwed. Not because he was being falsely accused, but because it was true. In 'Free Refills', Grinspoon takes us down into the special hell that is addiction - it his case it was a raging addiction to opiates that, conveniently, he could write his own prescriptions for. With sharp, dark wit, Grinspoon maintains his sense of humor in the face of near defeat, as he struggles to get (and stay) clean while his life comes apart at the seams. 'Free Refills' is a self-deprecating, brutally honest, and surprisingly hilarious read. You can't help but root for the good doctor."