Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy

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Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy

by David Sheff

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | March 20, 2013 | Hardcover

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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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9.4 × 6.33 × 1.34 in

Published: March 20, 2013

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 054784865X

ISBN - 13: 9780547848655

Found in: Health and Well Being

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful boy Well written account of a father's growing understanding of the uncontrollable attempts by his son to run away from life's pain.
Date published: 2015-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I've read Beautiful Boy is extremely well written. This is unsurprising when we consider that father, David Sheff, is also an author. I highly recommend this book to anyone affected by addiction; friends or family of an addict... or for the addict himself or herself. David Sheff puts a lot into this book and one gets the impression that many times he is literally writing about a matter of life and death.
Date published: 2014-11-20

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Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy

Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy

by David Sheff

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9.4 × 6.33 × 1.34 in

Published: March 20, 2013

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 054784865X

ISBN - 13: 9780547848655

About the Book

The author of the #1 "New York Times"-bestseller "Beautiful Boy" offers a new paradigm for dealing with addiction based on cutting-edge research and stories of his own and other families' struggles with--and triumphs over--drug abuse.

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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.

About the Author

DAVID SHEFF is the author of several books, including the #1 New York Times -bestselling memoir Beautiful Boy . His writing has appeared in the New York Times , the New York Times Magazine , Rolling Stone , Playboy , Wired , and many other publications. His ongoing research and reporting on the science of addiction earned him a place on Time magazine's list of the World's Most Influential People. Sheff and his family live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Editorial Reviews

"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     "In Beautiful Boy, David Sheff gave voice to the silent — the millions of addicts and their families. Now in Clean, he offers them a path toward healing. Our nation is sinking into an epidemic. This book offers realistic hope for recovery from addiction for those who suffer the disease." — Drew Pinsky, M.D., host of Dr. Drew     "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 a
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