Addiction Why Can't They Just Stop?

ISBN-10: 1594867151

ISBN-13: 9781594867156

Edition: 2007 (Revised)

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This companion book to the HBO documentary of the same name sheds light on the hidden American epidemic of addiction. Blending compelling personal narratives with statistics and expert opinion, all gleaned from over two years of research and reporting, ADDICTION offers a comprehensive and provocative look at the impact of chemical dependency on addicts, their loved ones, society, and the economy. Breaking the stigma that addicts are simply weak and immoral, it delves into new brain research proving that drugs and alcohol change the chemical composition of addicts' brains, making it veritably impossible for them to quit. The nation's top experts persuasively argue that the time has come for the blame to stop and the healing to begin. ADDICTION also features material not included in the documentary: testimonials, original graphics and images, additional elaboration on theories and treatments of addiction, and more. Featuring a foreword by Sheila Nevins, the president of Documentary and Family Programming at HBO, an afterward by the best-selling author Susan Cheever, and the writing of David Sheff, this book is essential reading for anyone who has been impacted by what is now realized to be a very real and widespread disease.
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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Rodale Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/6/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

Susan Cheever, the daughter of the great American writer John Cheever, is the author of nine previous books, including Home Before Dark, a best-selling memoir about her father, & the novel Looking for Work. She has written award-winning articles on parenting for New York Newsday & is a contributing writer to Architectural Digest. She teaches writing at Bennington College & Yale University & lives in New York.

Why can't they just stop?
Addiction is a brain disease
A disease of young people
Treatment : the worst thing you can do is nothing
A broken system : the tangled economics of treatment
Recovery : it really is one day at a time
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