By Benoit Denizet-Lewis
dependancy is arguably this country's largest public-health predicament, triggering and exacerbating a lot of our so much urgent social difficulties (crime, poverty, skyrocketing health-care expenditures, and adolescence abuse and neglect). yet whereas melanoma and AIDS survivors have taken to the streets -- and to the halls of Congress -- not easy to count, thousands of addicts with winning long term restoration speak in basic terms to one another within the confines of nameless Twelve Step conferences. (A amazing exception is the addicted superstar, who frequently enters and exits rehab with nice fanfare.) throughout the riveting tales of american citizens in quite a few levels of restoration and relapse, Denizet-Lewis shines a focus on our such a lot misunderstood ailment (is dependancy a mind affliction? a religious illness? an ethical failing?) and breaks throughout the disgrace and denial that also form our cultural figuring out of it -- and abate our skill to regard it.
Are american citizens extra addicted than humans in different international locations, or does it simply look that approach? Can foodstuff or intercourse be as addictive as alcohol and medicine? and may we ever have the ability to deal with habit with a capsule? those are only some of the questions Denizet-Lewis explores in the course of his outstanding 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 check out back to make a special and higher existence, Denizet-Lewis documents their struggles -- and his personal -- with honesty and empathy.
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