Clean - David Sheff


By David Sheff

  • Release Date: 2014-01-07
  • Genre: Medical
Score: 3.5
From 65 Ratings


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, a myth-shattering look at drug abuse by the author of Beautiful Boy. Based on the latest research in psychology, neuroscience, and medicine, Clean is a leap beyond the traditional approaches to prevention and treatment of addiction and the mental illnesses that usually accompany it. The existing treatment system, including Twelve Step programs and rehabs, has helped some, but it has failed to help many more, and David Sheff explains why. He spent time with scores of scientists, doctors, counselors, and addicts and their families to learn how addiction works and what can effectively treat it. Clean offers clear, cogent counsel for parents and others who want to prevent drug problems and for addicts and their loved ones no matter what stage of the illness they’re in. But it is also a book for all of us — a powerful rethinking of the greatest public health challenge of our time.


  • 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.