Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013 - Health & Fitness - 374 pages
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Addiction is a preventable, treatable disease, not a moral failing. As with other illnesses, the approaches most likely to work are based on science — not on faith, tradition, contrition, or wishful thinking.

These facts are the foundation of Clean, a myth-shattering look at drug abuse by the author of Beautiful Boy. Based on the latest research in psychology, neuroscience, and medicine, Clean is a leap beyond the traditional approaches to prevention and treatment of addiction and the mental illnesses that usually accompany it. The existing treatment system, including Twelve Step programs and rehabs, has helped some, but it has failed to help many more, and David Sheff explains why. He spent time with scores of scientists, doctors, counselors, and addicts and their families to learn how addiction works and what can effectively treat it. Clean offers clear, cogent counsel for parents and others who want to prevent drug problems and for addicts and their loved ones no matter what stage of the illness they’re in. But it is also a book for all of us — a powerful rethinking of the greatest public health challenge of our time.
  

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Good arguments about ending the failed war on drugs. - Goodreads
Good overview of addictions theory and treatment. - Goodreads
Some parts difficult to read, but well worth it. - Goodreads
His writing is accessible and informed. - Goodreads
Didn't offer any life changing insights like I hoped. - Goodreads
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Review: Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy

User Review  - Jose Hernandez - Goodreads

The most important fact of the paradigm explained in this book is that addiction is a disease with a neurological basis – a mental illness. This is a fact that is often overlooked. Unfortunately, most ... Read full review

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User Review  - jv poore - Goodreads

As a HUGE fan of Mr. Sheff, I could not wait to get this book in my hands. The writing is as amazing as I expected, but the facts are simply more than I can handle. Mr. Sheff has become remarkably ... Read full review

Contents

II WHY WE USE
27
III WHEN DRUG USE ESCALATES
75
IV GETTING CLEAN
125
V STAYING CLEAN
147
VI TREATING A CHRONIC ILLNESS
235
VII ENDING ADDICTION
269
Epilogue
307
The Clean Paradigm in Twelve Steps
311
Back Matter
314
Back Flap
375
Back Cover
376
Spine
377
Copyright

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About the author (2013)

David Sheff is currently a contributing editor of Playboy, Wired, and Yahoo! Internet Life and is on assignment for Fortune and Vanity Fair. He was formerly an editor of New West and California magazines. His articles and interviews have appeared in Playboy, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Wired, Outside, Forbes ASAP, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, and Esquire. His current book, Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction, tells the personal story of his own family's fight with addiction. He attended the University of California at Berkeley, where he received a degree in social science. He lives in San Francisco, California with his wife and three children.

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