Clean - David Sheff


By David Sheff

  • Release Date: 2013-04-02
  • Genre: Medical
Score: 3.5
From 69 Ratings


 A myth-shattering look at drug abuse and addiction treatment, based on cutting-edge research

Addiction is a preventable, treatable disease, not a moral failing. As with other illnesses, the approaches most likely to work are based on science — not on faith, tradition, contrition, or wishful thinking. These facts are the foundation of Clean. The existing addiction treatments, including Twelve Step programs and rehabs, have helped some, but they have failed to help many more. To discover why, David Sheff spent time with scores of scientists, doctors, counselors, and addicts and their families, and explored the latest research in psychology, neuroscience, and medicine. In Clean, he reveals how addiction really works, and how we can combat it.

“A guide for those affected by addiction, but also a manifesto . . . for America as it confronts its drug problem. [Sheff] has performed a vital service by compiling sensible advice on a subject for which sensible advice is in short supply.” — New York Times Book Review
“As a journalist, father, and clear-eyed chronicler of addiction, David Sheff is without peer.” — Sanjay Gupta, M.D., chief medical correspondent, CNN


  • A must read!!

    By DextersMom21
    After reading Beautiful Boy, I was hooked on David Sheff! A wonderful writer with experience in the areas in which he writes about. He has a way with words and provokes thought. This book is amazingly well written and a fascinating look at how addiction works, why its hold is so tight and how we may be able to prevent it. If you're an addict or your loved one has been lost in the dark shadows of drug abuse, this will open your eyes. Even if you do not have addiction in your life, this is a great look into scientific, psychological and biological aspects of the human mind.
  • Thank you

    By chicklet1865
    Thank you for writing this book. I read Beautiful Boy in the midst of my own addiction and this one at the beginning of my recovery. Thank you David Sheff.