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Chasing the High A Firsthand Account of One Young Person's Experience with Substance Abuse

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ISBN-10: 0195314727

ISBN-13: 9780195314724

Edition: 2008

Authors: Kyle Keegan, Howard Moss, Beryl Lieff Benderly, Howard Moss

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Kyle Keegan was like many teenagers: eager to fit in at school, he experimented with alcohol and drugs. Soon, his abuse of these substances surpassed experimentation and became a ruthless addiction to heroin that nearly destroyed his life. Now in recovery, Keegan tells his remarkable story in Chasing the High. Starting with the early days of alcohol and drug use, Keegan charts his decline into crime and homelessness as his need for heroin surpassed all thoughts of family and friends, of right and wrong. He then goes on to use these experiences to offer guidance and practical advice to other young people who may be struggling with substance abuse. In straightforward, easy-to-understand…    
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Book details

List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/4/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.40" wide x 8.10" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

Kyle Keegan is now a professional diver. He lives in New York with his wife and daughters. Howard Moss, MD, is Associate Director for Clinical and Translational Research with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health. Beryl Lieff Benderly is a freelance science writer. Her books include The Growth of the Mind (with Stanley I. Greenspan) and Her Works Praise Her: A History of Jewish Women in America from Colonial Times to the Present.

The history behind Chasing the High
What to expect from this book
Crash and Rescue Above the city, steeped in misery
Back from the edge
Substance abuse and addiction defined
Addiction is a disease A hellish journey
The Early Days of Using My not-so-shady past A forbidden sip
One puff leads to another My uncertain future
Heroin A rite of passage versus the slippery slope to addiction
The ride down that slope Who becomes addicted, who does not, and why?
The Noose Tightens A moment of truth, and then denial First shot at detoxification
Learning the life of an addict
Desperate moves
Returning to an unfamiliar home
"This is your brain on drugs"
Different types of drugs of abuse
Trying to Get Help
Overconfidence and denial: do not mix
A minor arrest
A major arrest Up, down, up, down-the saga of addiction continues
A crucial turning point Substance abuse treatment: what to expect
Treatment of co-occurring mental disorders
Recovery What does recovery mean for you?
If a relapse occurs
Looking Back, Looking Ahead "Real" recovery is whatever works for us