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Hooked: Five Addicts Challenge Our Misguided Drug Rehab System
     

Hooked: Five Addicts Challenge Our Misguided Drug Rehab System

by Lonny Shavelson, Shavelson Lonny
 
"Deeply felt, deftly rendered, stunningly informative and often enraging" (Publishers Weekly), Hooked appears as we are finally waking up to the inadequacies of our current drug-rehab policies. With court-mandated rehab being debated across the country, Shavelson's in-depth look at the struggles of five addicts as they travel through the treatment maze makes a

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"Deeply felt, deftly rendered, stunningly informative and often enraging" (Publishers Weekly), Hooked appears as we are finally waking up to the inadequacies of our current drug-rehab policies. With court-mandated rehab being debated across the country, Shavelson's in-depth look at the struggles of five addicts as they travel through the treatment maze makes a powerful case for reform.

Highly readable and shaped by Shavelson's experience as a journalist and physician, Hooked takes us through the anguishing "intake" and controversial House meetings, inside counselors' and judges' offices where many treatment decisions are made, and to prison cells where, under current policies, many addicts end up. It explores the links between drug addiction, mental illness, and trauma, including child abuse—links often ignored by current rehab efforts—and argues for an integrated approach that treats the roots of drug abuse, not just the behavior itself.

Hailed as "compelling" and "heartbreaking" (Time Out), Hooked offers a provocative, honest look at the seemingly intractable issue of drug addiction, and offers powerful alternatives to our current policies.

Author Biography: Lonny Shavelson is a writer, photojournalist, and physician whose articles and photographs have appeared in the New York Times, People, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, and many other publications. He is also the author of A Chosen Death, and lives in Berkeley, California.

Editorial Reviews

Barry Liskow
Shavelson has provided a valuable service to his community, profession, and the five troubled friends he made in writing this book. He has given those entrapped in a web of addiction, poverty, homelessness, mental illness, and uncoordinated care a face and a voice. Both the faces and voices insist that they not be abandoned to the current well-meaning but all too often ineffective system for helping them recover from the their disease of addiction and its consequences.
Journal of the American Medical Association
Booknews
Shavelson is a physician and journalist who followed five addicts through various drug rehabilitation programs in California. Their stories, often told in their own words and punctuated by b&w photos Shavelson took as the five traversed the system and the streets, highlight the links between drug addiction, mental illness, and trauma, including child abuse. Shavelson argues for an integrated approach to drug treatment that addresses the fundamental causes of drug abuse, not just its outward symptoms and behaviors. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565846845
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
6.39(w) x 9.47(h) x 1.05(d)

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