By Benoit Denizet-Lewis
dependancy is arguably this country's largest public-health trouble, triggering and exacerbating a lot of our such a lot urgent social difficulties (crime, poverty, skyrocketing health-care expenditures, and youth abuse and neglect). yet whereas melanoma and AIDS survivors have taken to the streets -- and to the halls of Congress -- tough to count, thousands of addicts with winning long term restoration speak basically to one another within the confines of nameless Twelve Step conferences. (A striking exception is the addicted megastar, who frequently enters and exits rehab with nice fanfare.) during the riveting tales of usa citizens in quite a few levels of restoration and relapse, Denizet-Lewis shines a focus on our so much misunderstood sickness (is habit a mind sickness? a non secular illness? an ethical failing?) and breaks throughout the disgrace and denial that also form our cultural knowing of it -- and impede our skill to regard it.
Are american citizens extra addicted than humans in different international locations, or does it simply appear that method? Can nutrition or intercourse be as addictive as alcohol and medicine? and may we ever be capable to deal with dependancy with a capsule? those are only a number of the questions Denizet-Lewis explores in the course of his impressive trip contained in the lives of fellows and girls suffering to turn into, or remain, sober. because the addicts during this publication stumble, fall, and take a look at back to make a special and higher lifestyles, Denizet-Lewis documents their struggles -- and his personal -- with honesty and empathy.
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