Clean Overcoming Addiction and Ending America s Greatest Tragedy 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 thin

  • Title: Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy
  • Author: David Sheff
  • ISBN: 9780547848655
  • Page: 360
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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, neurosciencAddiction 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 , 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.

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    1. This was definitely one of the hardest books I've read this year, not because it was badly written but because the subject matter was very personal and not at all comforting like I hoped it would be. I'm not going to go into details in this book review but those of you who know me, know why I find this subject hard. It's something that I never would have guessed would affect me or anyone I care about, but who am I kidding, this is the 21st century. Addiction is more prevalent then ever.Prior to [...]

    2. Just started this book and find it very encouraging. There was a comment though that Mr. Sheff made early on that has bothered me. He said that he became addicted to his son's addiction. Having experienced addiction in our family I know what Mr. Sheff meant or at least I think I do. Words are tricky. Addiction is a disease. Mr. Sheff knows this, the medical community knows this, most people know this and yet the word 'addiction' or 'addicted' is many times used incorrectly. It's my humble opinio [...]

    3. I’ve recently finished David Sheff’s Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy, which I found a bit disappointing. My expectations were probably too high, as Sheff’s Beautiful Boy—a memoir of his son’s meth addiction—was both heartbreaking and hauntingly human. It’s clear that Sheff’s experience as the father of a recovering addict has shaped his thinking, making him sound urgent and at times almost quaintly old-fashioned: Ward Cleaver after watching Reefe [...]

    4. Clean starts off with a well-meaning premise that grabbed my attention: “Addiction is a preventable, treatable disease, not a moral failing. As with other illnesses, the approaches most likely to work are based on science.” Sheff (Beautiful Boy) provides ample evidence and expert opinions in his quest to prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that addiction is an illness and not a moral failing on the part of users. When he sticks to science and statistics, Clean delivers; when Sheff digresses [...]

    5. It was so refreshing to read a very well-written book that actually agrees with my specific thoughts on substance abuse. I have been constantly told that people who do substance abuse are just selfish and could stop if they really wanted to or that we should just legalize every drug that there is. People do not seem to understand that this is not just an individual's problem, this is a societal issue! With more authors, like David Sheff, we could slowly change the worst domestic issue that we ha [...]

    6. This was good. He has a couple very strong messages - one being that addiction (like alcoholism)is a disease, not an indication of weak moral structure, and not simply poor judgement. This is not a new message for me, but it is for many people. What was a new idea for me is that we need to TREAT addiction the way we treat other diseases. It seems obvious, but yet it doesn't happen. And he made me look at why. Lots of reasons, addiction carries great stigma and people don't talk about it. It's di [...]

    7. I had high hopes for this book after hearing the interview with the author on Fresh Air, but ultimately I couldn't finish it. It's just too meandering and filled with too many personal stories and the bits that dig into the science of addiction and recovery feel secondary to the personal stuff. Too bad.I have more than a passing interest in this topic, but I didn't feel this book was worth the slog after 70 pages or so. There are some interesting bits though, like only one out of ten addicts sta [...]

    8. I'm really glad I read this. I heard the author on Fresh Air, so when I saw the book at the library I figured I would give it a try. I have a lot of experiences dealing with addicted people, and this book helped me understand addiction and addicted people in a more comprehensive, objective way. I also think this a great book for parents to read as it talks about how especially damaging drug use and abuse can be on young people and how to help your kids navigate their teen years without alcohol, [...]

    9. If you're looking for a good book with an overview of drug and alcohol addiction you should probably keep on looking because I don't think this is the book. What do you will get from this book is that addiction is a disease not a moral deficiency. If you Artie think that read no further. The other thing the author talks a lot about his evidence-based therapies. He likes to call them EBT's and he is quite into things that have initials. The problem is he seems to think that a quote from TIME Maga [...]

    10. As the parent of a child battling addiction, I am drawn to books that share common or similar experiences. David Sheff wrote a very powerful story, "My Beautiful Boy" which chronicles his experiences with a son's addiction. This book is designed to shed light on the issue of drug abuse in this country. Sheff clearly shares the pain and frustration that most parents experience regarding the stigma of abuse. Most people, until it hits home, sees addiction as a choice people make and have little em [...]

    11. This was a hard book to read as it contained a lot of information about addiction. I had read his other book about his son's addiction and thought it had some merit to discussion addiction and treatment.I have to agree with Mr. Sheff that addiction is a medical problem, that it needs to be addressed as soon as it is suspected as a problem. I agree with him in that addicts should not be labeled bad people, they are just ill people. I'm not sure that AA or NA is the way to go because of the loss o [...]

    12. Very interesting book by someone who knows of what he speaks. David Sheff watched his son Nic spiral into a horrifying drug addiction. He spent years worrying, enabling and desperately trying to help his son. Nic, at the time of this writing had been five years clean, and still is as far as I know. But, the point of this book is to inform people of the risk factors related to addiction, preventative programs that are being implemented, different types of treatments for addiction, and to explain [...]

    13. I doubt anyone would deny that this is an important book for the lay person. Sheff clearly expresses his premise that addiction is a disease and not a moral failing. What he subsequently writes elevates this book from the usual nonfiction book on addiction written for the lay reader.Sheff, in a very orderly and forthright manner, describes the science behind the change from treating addiction as a fault to treating it as a disease. He covers the possible causes of addiction, its trajectory, and [...]

    14. "Clean" is David Sheff's prescription for ending the addiction crisis in America. He explores the state of the research through interviews with recovering and active addicts, family members, researchers and service providers and explores failings in the system in educating consumers and providers, access to quality and evidence-based care, philosophically harmful and moralistic treatment models and implementing best practices.He illustrates the impact of drugs on the developing and developed bra [...]

    15. Read this book! Clean is a wonderful introduction to the world of addiction and recovery. Sheff wrote an earlier book, Beautiful Boy that chronicled the son's struggles with addiction. In clean, Sheff demonstrates that addiction is a disease and not a moral failing. Sheff also discusses what some of the current treatments are for addiction. He also discusses various myths and preconceptions some people have about drug abuse. He pays special attention to the the misperceptions people have about m [...]

    16. I wish everyone would read this book. Unfortunately, has it listed by the wrong title. "The Thirteenth Step" is not its name. "Clean" is its name.One out of twelve Americans has a problem with drug/alcohol addiction. This is one out of twelve Americans OVER TWELVE! Yes, that's right. Mr. Sheff reports that 90% of all who battle substance addiction began using BEFORE AGE 18 and 95% began using before age 21. These addiction statistics cover all regions of the country and all social and economic [...]

    17. The idea that addiction is a disease is not new but it's a hard one to internalize and embrace. Sheff is working hard to cast addiction as a public health crisis in our country, which I believe it is, but titling his book "Clean" does something to undermine this. If an addict isn't "clean" then s/he must be "dirty." That implication still feels stigmatizing to me.Sheff's personal experience with addiction has evolved from a narrative retelling of his own family's story (in Beautiful Boy) to a jo [...]

    18. The war on drugs has failed. The costs of rehabilitation, medical complications, and a lost generation should cause us all to ponder a better way. This book is an attempt to review the research on prevention and treatment of addictions in an objective manner. The science behind our biases are exposed and it is an urgent read for teen, parents, teachers, government, and other stakeholders in the battle.

    19. This is one of the most important books on addiction I've read and I've read plenty of them. This book offers hope as well as hard facts, and it's a great guide for people who are trying to find the right care, whether the reader is an addict herself or an addict's loved one. Highly recommended.

    20. Very insightful and relevant, and very very sad & scary for every parent with pre-teens & teens.BUT Not just applicable to drugs, but to everyone who is living/had lived with any form of addiction. Highly recommended.

    21. This didn't really have any new information that I hadn't heard before, but it was the best summary I have read of everything all in one place.

    22. This book was written in 2012, so it doesn’t have any brand new information in it. The author is both a writer / reporter and the father of an addict who has been there, done that and therefore cares deeply about the material.While I didn’t find new information, this book has information that I found in many other books all in one place, well organized and easy to read. If I was just learning about this subject matter, this is the 1st book I would pick. It covers all of the necessary informa [...]

    23. Deeply personal account of drug use/abuse cycle told through anecdotes and evidence based treatment options, what works, what doesn't and gives recommendations for public policy going forward for the US. A must read for anybody in politics or who votes, will give them a deeper understanding for what we need to change as a country going forward to combat our drug crisis. What stuck with me the most was the notion that if we solve the addiction problem, it means we have solved all of the other pro [...]

    24. This review was originally published in the Georgia Straight newspaper.Learning one’s child is using drugs ranks among the most frightening moments a parent can experience. For those families, David Sheff has written Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy.The New York Times contributor presents years of exhaustive research on prevention strategies, methods of intervention, and seemingly countless options for treatment and rehabilitation.He insists that addiction is [...]

    25. This book is well work the read for everyone and for those living with addiction it is a must read. David Sheff is a thoughtful and emphatic writer. His research is excellent and heartbreaking.

    26. You can read my review in Spanish here: lunairereadings/2This is a very different book about addictions. The goal is to show that the addiction recovery and treatment science is almost non-existent. It succeeds to show how the addiction phenomena is terribly complex and how we have a very poor understanding of it. Addiction to drugs and alcohol is destructive; it destroys people, families, neighborhoods, the world.The problem is the high emotional component from those who are observing the addic [...]

    27. David Sheff tries to make the case that addiction is a disease and I did find some of his arguments pretty compelling. I myself have experienced the power of addiction (though never to drugs) and I can contest to how I feel powerless, how I can't seem to think clearly, care like I should or keep from doing irrational actions. Yet, I still must question Sheff's conclusions, because he overlooks a groundbreaking study done in the 70s, that is largely forgotten today. According to Sally Satel, duri [...]

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