• by David Sheff
  • Narrated by Jeff Cummings
  • 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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What disappointed you about Clean?

This author is not a scientist and has no business writing a book about how to eliminate addiction from society. He has obviously been misled by people who still think that addiction is a disease. The rest of us are moving on to a more cogent opinion. Addiction to anything is not a disease. We are just beginning to realize that our brain was created to be much more plastic that we have ever realized. The grey matter, the glial cells, are not just filler but the sort of switches that activate or deactivate the neuronal patterns. I did listen to A Beautiful Boy written by the same author which was experiential and very good(although the waste of money in treatment programs was disgusting). I have several friends and members of my family who have passed through an addiction phase but, now, live productive lives. I also recently read a book about the great statesman, Henry Clay. It surprised me that his own character was flawed as a gambler, drunkard and womanizer. He had one son consigned to an asylum for a malady not identified at that time. He had another son who went through a period of wanton and drunken behavior who recovered in midlife and went on to be a successful farmer. I have to say that every drunk or drug addicted person that I have witnessed put down the bottle, the pill or the syringe has done so without 12 steps but with the help of God. The nation,in general, has rejected God and has tried to bring God down to a level at which we understand him. I don't understand everything about God, but, if I did, he wouldn't be the God I know to be the ruler of the universe and yet, my personal friend.

Has Clean turned you off from other books in this genre?

Certainly not. Most of the ones I have read have been written by psychiatrists or scientists that have spent their lives discovering the truth about our human brains. The truth is a puzzle which is only partially completed.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I do not think the narrator detracted from the poor material and fallacious assumptions of the book.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not that I can think of...I will probably listen to some parts again, but as, previously mentioned, David Sheff is not qualified to write such a book.I do wish someone, who is qualified, will come up with a workable plan in the near future.

Any additional comments?

I am appalled at the waste of this generation's human resources. What does make a child, who has every opportunity to excel, degenerate into a useless human being who becomes a negative influence on society? It did not happen overnight. It started in my generation and before(the 60's) when the true nature of Americans, as selfish and self oriented experimental humans, became a norm. I know people who have smoked marijuana every day for 50 years. They are the parents who expect their children to experiment and to look for creative juices from external sources. These are the parents who have raised the children with a "relative" world view with few if any absolutes. A world where two plus two does not always equal four can expect nothing but chaos.

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- Susan

Unbearable narration

Would you try another book from David Sheff and/or Jeff Cummings?

Not by Jeff Cummings.

Has Clean turned you off from other books in this genre?


How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration is unbearable. When the story tells me a mother is speaking I don't need the narrator to put on a female voice. When the story tells me a father is speaking about his sons addiction I don't need the narrator to imitate desperation (very badly) in a slightly different voice. I KNOW FROM THE CONTEXT.
I am returning this book.

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- John

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-02-2013
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio