Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013
ISBN: 9780547848655
Branch Call Number: 362.29 She 3558
Characteristics: xxii, 374 p


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StephanieOne Dec 06, 2018

A very insightful book about new thinking when it comes to addiction and treatment. Goes against traditional thinking that all you need is 12 Steps and a higher power, and challenges the thinking that addiction is a choice rather than a disease. Some fantastic resources, with references made to different drugs and classifications of drugs, and how their effects on the brain and treatment for them differ from others.
This is a must-read for anyone who is dealing with addiction, knows someone dealing with addiction, or works with those dealing with addiction.

Mark_Daly Nov 16, 2013

A very useful and practical introduction to the newest thinking on this contentious subject. Reframes drug abuse as a consequence of underlying mental illness, and argues for better treatment of the root causes.

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