America Anonymous: Eight Addicts in Search of a Life by Benoit Denizet-Lewis

By Benoit Denizet-Lewis

America Anonymous is the unforgettable tale of 8 women and men from round the state -- together with a grandmother, a school pupil, a bodybuilder, and a housewife -- being affected by addictions. for almost 3 years, acclaimed journalist Benoit Denizet-Lewis immersed himself of their lives as they battled drug and alcohol abuse, overeating, and compulsive playing and sexuality. Alternating with their tales is Denizet-Lewis's candid account of his personal restoration from sexual habit and his compelling exam of our tradition of habit, the place we obsessively look for new and cutting edge how one can break out the truth of the current second and make ourselves suppose "better."

dependancy is arguably this country's largest public-health main issue, triggering and exacerbating lots of our so much urgent social difficulties (crime, poverty, skyrocketing health-care expenditures, and early life abuse and neglect). yet whereas melanoma and AIDS survivors have taken to the streets -- and to the halls of Congress -- challenging to matter, thousands of addicts with winning long term restoration speak basically to one another within the confines of nameless Twelve Step conferences. (A impressive exception is the addicted star, who frequently enters and exits rehab with nice fanfare.) throughout the riveting tales of usa citizens in quite a few phases of restoration and relapse, Denizet-Lewis shines a focus on our so much misunderstood illness (is dependancy a mind sickness? a non secular illness? an ethical failing?) and breaks throughout the disgrace and denial that also form our cultural realizing of it -- and abate our skill to regard it.

Are american citizens extra addicted than humans in different international locations, or does it simply appear that manner? Can foodstuff or intercourse be as addictive as alcohol and medicine? and may we ever be capable to deal with habit with a capsule? those are only some of the questions Denizet-Lewis explores in the course of his extraordinary trip contained in the lives of fellows and girls suffering to develop into, or remain, sober. because the addicts during this e-book 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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