By Benoit Denizet-Lewis
dependancy is arguably this country's largest public-health challenge, triggering and exacerbating a lot of our so much urgent social difficulties (crime, poverty, skyrocketing health-care expenses, and early life abuse and neglect). yet whereas melanoma and AIDS survivors have taken to the streets -- and to the halls of Congress -- not easy to matter, hundreds of thousands of addicts with winning long term restoration speak simply to one another within the confines of nameless Twelve Step conferences. (A outstanding exception is the addicted star, who usually 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 such a lot misunderstood illness (is habit a mind illness? 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 nations, or does it simply appear that manner? Can meals or intercourse be as addictive as alcohol and medication? and may we ever be capable to deal with habit with a capsule? those are only a number of the questions Denizet-Lewis explores in the course of his awesome trip contained in the lives of fellows and girls suffering to turn into, or remain, sober. because the addicts during this ebook stumble, fall, and take a look at 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