Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy

 A myth-shattering look at drug abuse and addiction treatment, based on cutting-edge research

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. The existing addiction treatments, including Twelve Step programs and rehabs, have helped some, but they have failed to help many more. To discover why, David Sheff spent time with scores of scientists, doctors, counselors, and addicts and their families, and explored the latest research in psychology, neuroscience, and medicine. In Clean, he reveals how addiction really works, and how we can combat it.

“A guide for those affected by addiction, but also a manifesto . . . for America as it confronts its drug problem. [Sheff] 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
“As a journalist, father, and clear-eyed chronicler of addiction, David Sheff is without peer.” — Sanjay Gupta, M.D., chief medical correspondent, CNN

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Deanokat on October 12, 2014 at 21:51.

A Landmark Book on Addiction As the father of a recovering heroin addict, I will tell anyone who asks me that David Sheff’s is probably the best book I’ve ever read. As a matter of fact, Beautiful Boy helped me come to grips with my own son’s addiction and prompted me to work on my own recovery. As a result, I was able to get my own life back. Even better, as I write this review my…

InfoFish "Swimming the Information Streams" on October 12, 2014 at 21:57.

Such an important book David Sheff not only pulls the curtain back, he blows it off the rod so we all can get a real look at addiction and what is NOT working. He demonstrates how we are 40 years behind on addiction therapy. If you have children, YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK. Addiction can happen anywhere to anyone and it does.Mr. Sheff was the author of Beautiful Boy – his son’s own journey into and through the landscape of drug addiction.One of the most important take-aways I got from this…

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