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

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.

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"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 expose 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 and most compassionate voices on the profound costs of addiction to the family and to society. Clean should be read by anyone affected by the number-one public health issue in America, which means it should be ready by everybody." -- Christopher Kennedy Lawford, author of Recover to Live and Symptoms of Withdrawal "David Sheff has written the most important book about addiction in a decade. Clean is a blueprint for thinking clearly -- and empathetically -- about America's costliest and most misunderstood public health crisis." -- Benoit Denizet-Lewis, author of America Anonymous

"Indisputably important." -- Library Journal

"Gripping and vibrant." -- Publishers Weekly "Intelligent and thought-provoking views into the complexities of addiction and recovery." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Providing a wealth of information and practical advice, Clean is the best book on drug abuse and addiction to appear in years... Clean busts a mountain of myths... An extraordinarily valuable book." - Glenn C. Altschuler, Cornell University, and Patrick M. Burns, Cornell University, reviewing for The Huffington Post

About David Sheff

DAVID SHEFF is the author of several books, including the #1 New York Times best-selling 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. Visit David at, and on Twitter @david_sheff.

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Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy by David Sheff
David Sheff
Used - Very Good
Cengage Learning, Inc
Commended for Books for a Better Life (Psychology) 2013 Commended for Books for a Better Life (Psychology) 2014
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