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America Anonymous is the unforgettable tale of 8 women and men from round the state -- together with a grandmother, a faculty scholar, 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 dependancy and his compelling exam of our tradition of habit, the place we obsessively look for new and cutting edge how one can get away the truth of the current second and make ourselves think "better."

habit is arguably this country's greatest public-health difficulty, triggering and exacerbating lots of our such a lot urgent social difficulties (crime, poverty, skyrocketing health-care expenses, and adolescence abuse and neglect). yet whereas melanoma and AIDS survivors have taken to the streets -- and to the halls of Congress -- hard to matter, thousands of addicts with profitable long term restoration speak in basic terms to one another within the confines of nameless Twelve Step conferences. (A remarkable exception is the addicted star, who usually enters and exits rehab with nice fanfare.) throughout the riveting tales of usa citizens in a variety of levels of restoration and relapse, Denizet-Lewis shines a focus on our such a lot misunderstood illness (is dependancy a mind ailment? a religious illness? an ethical failing?) and breaks during the disgrace and denial that also form our cultural knowing of it -- and bog down our skill to regard it.

Are americans extra addicted than humans in different international locations, or does it simply look that approach? Can nutrients or intercourse be as addictive as alcohol and medication? and may we ever be capable of deal with habit with a capsule? those are only a number of the questions Denizet-Lewis explores in the course of his amazing trip contained in the lives of guys and ladies suffering to develop into, or remain, sober. because the addicts during this publication stumble, fall, and take a look at back to make a unique and higher existence, Denizet-Lewis files their struggles -- and his personal -- with honesty and empathy.

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