By Benoit Denizet-Lewis
habit is arguably this country's greatest public-health difficulty, triggering and exacerbating a lot of our such a lot urgent social difficulties (crime, poverty, skyrocketing health-care expenses, and formative years abuse and neglect). yet whereas melanoma and AIDS survivors have taken to the streets -- and to the halls of Congress -- challenging to matter, hundreds of thousands of addicts with profitable long term restoration speak in simple terms to one another within the confines of nameless Twelve Step conferences. (A remarkable exception is the addicted big name, who usually enters and exits rehab with nice fanfare.) throughout the riveting tales of usa citizens in a variety of levels of restoration and relapse, Denizet-Lewis shines a focus on our such a lot misunderstood sickness (is dependancy a mind illness? a non secular illness? an ethical failing?) and breaks during the disgrace and denial that also form our cultural realizing of it -- and bog down our skill to regard it.
Are americans extra addicted than humans in different international locations, or does it simply look that manner? Can foodstuff or intercourse be as addictive as alcohol and medication? and may we ever be capable of deal with dependancy with a tablet? those are only a number of the questions Denizet-Lewis explores in the course of his notable trip contained in the lives of fellows and ladies suffering to develop into, or remain, sober. because the addicts during this e-book stumble, fall, and check out back to make a special and higher lifestyles, Denizet-Lewis files their struggles -- and his personal -- with honesty and empathy.
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America Anonymous: Eight Addicts in Search of a Life by Benoit Denizet-Lewis