Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ecataldi - LibraryThing
This was definitely one of the hardest books I've read this year, not because it was badly written but because the subject matter was very personal and not at all comforting like I hoped it would be ... Read full review
CLEAN: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest TragedyUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
An enterprising treatise on drug abuse and addiction intervention.During the time when Sheff chronicled his son's "hellish" heroin and methamphetamine addiction (Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey ... Read full review
II WHY WE USE
III WHEN DRUG USE ESCALATES
IV GETTING CLEAN
V STAYING CLEAN
VI TREATING A CHRONIC ILLNESS
VII ENDING ADDICTION
The Clean Paradigm in Twelve Steps