Book Review: "Clean" by David Scheff
As addiction continues to take one child after the next...I read, listen and search.
"Clean" by David Scheff, the author of "Beautiful Boy," opened me to a new way of looking at addiction.
I found his approach refreshing, especially in a world where addiction is so often demonized or maligned as something that happens to "other people," which gives us the impression that it is a problem for others to solve. Addiction is a product of the society we've created; anyone can be at risk, and we all have a role to play in perpetuating or preventing it. Here are a few things I took away from reading the book:
1. Drug use is not just about drugs; it's about living and the stresses of living.
2. Addiction is a disease.
3. Addiction is preventable.
4. Addiction is treatable.
5. As with any other illness, there is not one road that will work for everyone..
6. Drug abusers and addicts can do more than get off drugs; they can achieve mental health.
This is not just a book for those currently living with the chaos of loving an addict but for every parent hoping to walk a child safely through the complicated maze of addiction.
You can get a copy of Clean on Amazon here.