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By Benoit Denizet-Lewis

America Anonymous is the unforgettable tale of 8 women and men from round the nation -- together with a grandmother, a faculty pupil, a bodybuilder, and a housewife -- suffering from 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 dependancy, the place we obsessively look for new and cutting edge how one can break out the truth of the current second and make ourselves think "better."

habit is arguably this country's greatest public-health challenge, triggering and exacerbating lots of our such a lot urgent social difficulties (crime, poverty, skyrocketing health-care bills, and early life abuse and neglect). yet whereas melanoma and AIDS survivors have taken to the streets -- and to the halls of Congress -- difficult to rely, hundreds of thousands of addicts with profitable long term restoration speak in basic terms to one another within the confines of nameless Twelve Step conferences. (A amazing exception is the addicted famous person, who usually enters and exits rehab with nice fanfare.) throughout the riveting tales of american citizens in a number of levels of restoration and relapse, Denizet-Lewis shines a focus on our so much misunderstood illness (is habit a mind sickness? a non secular illness? an ethical failing?) and breaks throughout the disgrace and denial that also form our cultural knowing of it -- and bog down our skill to regard it.

Are american citizens extra addicted than humans in different international locations, or does it simply appear that method? Can nutrients or intercourse be as addictive as alcohol and medication? and should we ever have the ability to deal with habit with a tablet? those are only some of the questions Denizet-Lewis explores in the course of his amazing trip contained in the lives of fellows and ladies suffering to develop into, or remain, sober. because the addicts during this ebook stumble, fall, and check out back to make a special and higher lifestyles, Denizet-Lewis documents their struggles -- and his personal -- with honesty and empathy.

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