Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy

Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy

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by David Sheff, Jeff Cummings
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Mick Sussman
…Sheff is a skilled journalist on an urgent mission. He prevailed over the anger and hopelessness he felt at his son's affliction by calling upon great reserves of love and discipline to investigate what might help—first as a father and then, in this book, as a reporter and an advocate. His forbearance and clearheadedness could serve as an example for America as it confronts its drug problem. He has performed a vital service by compiling sensible advice on a subject for which sensible advice is in short supply.
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"Providing a wealth of information and practical advice, Clean is the best book on drug abuse and addiction to appear in years . . . Busts a mountain of myths . . . An extraordinarily valuable book." — Psychology Today

"As a journalist, father, and clear-eyed chronicler of addiction, David Sheff is without peer." — Sanjay Gupta, M.D., chief medical correspondent, CNN

"Clean will change not only how you look at drug abuse, but also what you think should be done about it. This book is essential reading about one of our most important social problems." —Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation and Reefer Madness

"How do we prevent kids from using drugs, and how do we effectively treat addiction? Clean  cuts through the technical jargon and marketing nonsense to summarize our best knowledge on these topics. The case studies illuminate the challenging process of treatment and the remarkable changes that occur with recovery. Clean is a major contribution to our understanding of this disease and how to fight it."—Richard A. Rawson, Ph.D., professor and associate director, Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, Geffen School of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles

"Clean is an important exposé of a failed system; by replacing it, we will save countless lives, help people get clean and stay clean, and help the U.S. end its catastrophic war on drugs."—Sir Richard Branson, founder and chairman, Virgin Group, and member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy

"David Sheff is one of our strongest and most compassionate voices on the profound costs of addiction to the family and to society. Clean should be read by anyone affected by the number-one public health issue in America, which means it should be ready by everybody."—Christopher Kennedy Lawford, author of Recover to Live and Symptoms of Withdrawal

"Indisputably important."—Library Journal

"Gripping and vibrant."—Publishers Weekly

"Intelligent and thought-provoking views into the complexities of addiction and recovery." —Kirkus Reviews

"Sheff is a skilled journalist on an urgent mission. He prevailed over the anger and hopelessness he felt at his son’s addiction by calling upon great reserves of love and discipline to investigate what might help, first as a father and then, in this book, as a reporter and an advocate. His forebearance and clearheadedness could serve as an example for America as it confronts its drug problem. He has performed a vital service by compiling sensible advice on a subject for which sensible advice is in short supply."—New York Times Book Review

Library Journal
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 the addicted but family, friends, educators, and policymakers to suggest a new way of confronting both drug addiction and prevention, drawing on up-to-date research and his own experiences. The premise? Science, not shame, crossed fingers, or prayer, will make the difference. With a ten-city tour; indisputably important.
Kirkus Reviews
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 Through His Son's Addiction, 2008), his desperate attempts to gain a compassionate understanding of the nature of drug dependency educated him thoroughly. This follow-up to that research defines the roots of addiction with clean, accessible language, examining the classic patterns of abuse from the first hit to full-blown dependence and from denial ("anosognosia") to treatment and recovery. Sheff offers new, sustainable solutions to a problem that has reached epidemic levels in this country (nearly 1 in 10 Americans has a drug problem). Among the many precepts the author lists is a belief that the drugs themselves are a "symptom" and not the sole cause of an addiction. He addresses the sciences of drug dependency, risk factors, the broken addiction-treatment system in place today and a family's crucial role in prevention. In terms of recovery, Sheff compares drug (methadone) versus drug-free (AA) routes toward achieving sobriety and eliminating relapses. Particularly fascinating is the author's profile of a Chilean doctor's observational research on the relentless behavioral patterns of fruit flies and mice exposed to alcohol mist, which demonstrates the seductive and ultimately irresistible nature of drugs like alcohol and cocaine. Sheff veers away from labeling addiction as a lost cause and rather offers new models, strategies and alternative therapies for abuse intervention and promising reform. Intelligent and thought-provoking views into the complexities of addiction and recovery.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781469296043
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
04/02/2013
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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