Clean by David Sheff
Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy

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

Synopsis

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 David Sheff

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DAVID SHEFF is the author of the #1 New York Times-bestselling memoir Beautiful Boy. Sheff's other books include Game Over, China Dawn, and All We Are Saying. His many articles and interviews have appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Wired, Fortune, and elsewhere. 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 Inverness, California.
 
Published April 2, 2013 by Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 401 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, Self Help, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on Feb 06 2013

Intelligent and thought-provoking views into the complexities of addiction and recovery.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Abigail Zuger on Apr 29 2013

“Beautiful Boy” was a page turner, a dark fable that spoke to worried parents everywhere. “Clean” is a reference work and a manifesto, an annotated map of the same frightening territory where dragons still lurk at the edges.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by MICK SUSSMAN on Apr 19 2013

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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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Feb 18 2013

Unfortunately, the book is at times too thinly peopled, descending into rote lists of best practices and expert opinions...

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Booklist Online

Good
Reviewed by Tony Miksanek on May 29 2013

Sadly, no surefire treatment presently exists for all types of addiction. In Clean, Sheff advocates not for punishing drug addicts but for treating them.

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Psych Central

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Reviewed by LISA A. MILES on May 29 2013

Beyond its significant informational highlights, though, “Clean” is most importantly read as a call for change.

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Psychology Today

Above average
Reviewed by Glenn C. Altschuler and Patrick M. Burns on Apr 02 2013

...it leaves us struggling to comprehend the role of "free will" in resisting the disease.

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