By Benoit Denizet-Lewis
habit is arguably this country's greatest public-health obstacle, triggering and exacerbating lots of our so much urgent social difficulties (crime, poverty, skyrocketing health-care expenses, and adolescence abuse and neglect). yet whereas melanoma and AIDS survivors have taken to the streets -- and to the halls of Congress -- hard to rely, thousands of addicts with winning long term restoration speak purely to one another within the confines of nameless Twelve Step conferences. (A extraordinary exception is the addicted superstar, 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 habit a mind ailment? a non secular illness? an ethical failing?) and breaks in the course of the disgrace and denial that also form our cultural figuring out of it -- and impede our skill to regard it.
Are americans extra addicted than humans in different international locations, or does it simply look that approach? Can nutrition or intercourse be as addictive as alcohol and medication? and should we ever have the ability to deal with dependancy with a capsule? those are only many of the questions Denizet-Lewis explores in the course of his striking trip contained in the lives of fellows and girls suffering to develop 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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