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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User 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: 12 New Steps to Overcoming Addiction

User Review  - Sue White - Book Verdict

Sheff triumphed with Beautiful Boy, a No. 1 New York Times best seller and Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers award winner that probed his son Nic’s drug addiction. Here he addresses not just ... 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
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About the author (2013)

DAVID SHEFF is the author of several books, including the #1 New York Times -bestselling memoir Beautiful Boy . His writing has appeared in the New York Times , the New York Times Magazine , Rolling Stone , Playboy , Wired , and many other publications. His ongoing research and reporting on the science of addiction earned him a place on Time magazine's list of the World's Most Influential People. Sheff and his family live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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