Addiction: The Brain Disease

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Addiction, the Brain Disease is a young adult guide to the physical, emotional, social, psychological disease of addiction. Addiction to substances, behaviors, and addiction to the self are explored. Self-tests, personal stories, treatment, recovery, dictionary of addictions, terms, and meanings are included. Also includes lists of resources, help sources, a bibliography, illustrations, and personal stories.

 

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Overview

Addiction, the Brain Disease is a young adult guide to the physical, emotional, social, psychological disease of addiction. Addiction to substances, behaviors, and addiction to the self are explored. Self-tests, personal stories, treatment, recovery, dictionary of addictions, terms, and meanings are included. Also includes lists of resources, help sources, a bibliography, illustrations, and personal stories.

 

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School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—Preachy in tone, this volume leaves much to be desired. The illustrations are cartoonish and reminiscent of 1970s art; a lot of space is dedicated to the genetic aspect of addiction; and scare tactics, including horrifying "true" stories, are the mainstay of the argument against becoming addicted to drugs. Although helpful resources are listed in the back matter, including websites, it is doubtful that many readers will stick with the book long enough to get to them. The middle section, "Self-Test Questions," includes "screening tests" for different types of disorders and addictions. The main thesis seems to be that we are all addicted to something and to live life to the best of our ability, we need to find out what it is and let go of it. Alternatives to this title are Wyatt S. Schaefer's Addiction (2007) and Louise I. Gerdes's Addiction (2004, both Greenhaven).—Robin Henry, Wakeland High School, Frisco, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781884158353
  • Publisher: Bick Publishing House
  • Publication date: 10/13/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 12 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dale Carlson has been awarded three ALA Notable Book Awards, the Christopher Award, three New York Public Library Best Books for Teens, YALSA Best Picks, and three Book of the Year Awards from ForeWord magazine. Hannah Carlson, M.Ed., LPC has been award three ALA Notable Book Awards and the Christopher Award.
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Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Section 1

Chapter 1 Addiction 3

Story: They Called Me Bear 22

Chapter 2 Addiction to Substances 26

Story: Love Story 48

Chapter 3 Addiction to Behaviors 53

Story: Romance Addict 66

Chapter 4 Addiction to Ourselves 71

Story: Two Addicts In Love 90

Section 2

Self-Test Questions 97

Stories:

Living In Terror 100

I'll Never Be Fat Again 117

Just Tell Me You Love Me 132

He Gambled His Life 143

Section 3

Addiction Dictionary 151

Help Resources, Organizations, Websites 180

Bibliography&Young Adult Reading List 183

Index 188

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