By Benoit Denizet-Lewis

America Anonymous is the unforgettable tale of 8 women and men from round the kingdom -- together with a grandmother, a faculty pupil, a bodybuilder, and a housewife -- being affected by 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 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."

dependancy is arguably this country's largest public-health quandary, triggering and exacerbating a lot of our so much 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 -- tough to remember, hundreds of thousands of addicts with winning long term restoration speak purely to one another within the confines of nameless Twelve Step conferences. (A awesome exception is the addicted big name, who frequently enters and exits rehab with nice fanfare.) throughout the riveting tales of american citizens in a variety of phases of restoration and relapse, Denizet-Lewis shines a focus on our such a lot misunderstood illness (is habit a mind illness? a religious illness? an ethical failing?) and breaks during the disgrace and denial that also form our cultural knowing of it -- and impede our skill to regard it.

Are american citizens extra addicted than humans in different nations, or does it simply appear that method? Can nutrients or intercourse be as addictive as alcohol and medication? and may we ever have the capacity to deal with habit with a capsule? those are only many of the questions Denizet-Lewis explores in the course of his extraordinary trip contained in the lives of fellows and girls suffering to turn into, or remain, sober. because the addicts during this ebook stumble, fall, and check out back to make a distinct and higher existence, Denizet-Lewis files their struggles -- and his personal -- with honesty and empathy.

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