By Benoit Denizet-Lewis
This is the unforgettable story of eight men and women from around the country – including a grandmother, a college student, a bodybuilder, and a housewife – struggling with addictions.
For nearly three years, acclaimed journalist Benoit Denizet-Lewis immersed himself in their lives as they battled drug and alcohol abuse, overeating, and compulsive gambling and sexuality.
Alternating with their stories is Denizet-Lewis’s candid account of his own recovery from sexual addiction and his compelling examination of our culture of addiction, where we obsessively search for new and innovative ways to escape the reality of the present moment and make ourselves feel “better.”
Addiction is arguably this country’s biggest public-health crisis, triggering and exacerbating many of our most pressing social problems (crime, poverty, skyrocketing health-care costs, and childhood abuse and neglect).
Through the riveting stories of Americans in various stages of recovery and relapse, Denizet-Lewis shines a spotlight on our most misunderstood health problem (is addiction a brain disease? A spiritual malady? A moral failing?) and breaks through the shame and denial that still shape our cultural understanding of it – and hamper our ability to treat it.
As the addicts in this book stumble, fall, and try again to make a different and better life, Denizet-Lewis records their struggles – and his own – with honesty and empathy. 352 pages. Hardcover. 2009.