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America Anonymous - Eight Addicts in Search of a Life

Benoit Denizet-Lewis

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Genres:

Psychology

Description:

America Anonymous is the unforgettable story of eight men and women from around the country-including a grandmother, a college student, a bodybuilder, and a housewife-who are 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 America'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). But while cancer and AIDS survivors have taken to the streets-and to the halls of Congress-demanding to be counted, millions of addicts with successful long-term recovery talk only to each other in the confines of anonymous twelve-step meetings. (A notable exception is the addicted celebrity, who often enters and exits rehab with great fanfare.) 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. Are Americans more addicted than people in other countries, or does it just seem that way? Can food or sex be as addictive as alcohol and drugs? And will we ever be able to treat addiction with a pill? These are just a few of the questions Denizet-Lewis explores during his remarkable journey inside the lives of men and women struggling to become, or stay, sober. As the addicts in this book stumble, fall, and try again to make a diff

Language:

English

Narrators:

David Drummond

Length:

10h 8m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

30:23


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

10:44


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

09:52


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

11:05


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

10:01


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:46


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:18


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

10:16


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:59


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

17:54


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

19:06


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:31


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

17:32


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

20:06


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

22:41


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

12:52


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

30:21


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

37:26


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

34:53


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

23:42


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

38:38


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

32:37


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

28:06


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

13:34


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

16:19


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:19


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

11:09


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

14:10


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

15:02


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

13:45


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

10:34


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

17:22


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

17:58


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

21:07


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

02:10