By David Sheff

 A myth-shattering examine drug abuse and dependancy remedy, in keeping with state-of-the-art research

Addiction is a preventable, treatable disorder, now not an ethical failing. As with different health problems, the methods probably to paintings are in response to technological know-how — no longer on religion, culture, contrition, or wishful pondering. These proof are the root of Clean. the prevailing dependancy remedies, together with Twelve Step courses and rehabs, have helped a few, yet they've got did not aid many extra. to find why, David Sheff hung out with rankings of scientists, medical professionals, counselors, and addicts and their households, and explored the newest learn in psychology, neuroscience, and drugs. In Clean, he unearths how dependancy quite works, and the way we will be able to strive against it.

“A advisor for these tormented by habit, but in addition a manifesto . . . for the United States because it confronts its drug challenge. [Sheff] has played an important provider via compiling good recommendation on a topic for which brilliant suggestion is in brief supply.” — New York instances ebook Review
“As a journalist, father, and clear-eyed chronicler of dependancy, David Sheff is with no peer.” — Sanjay Gupta, M.D., leader clinical correspondent, CNN

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