Myths and misconceptions about drug addiction

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Myths and misconceptions about drug addiction

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The biggest misconceptions and myths about drug addiction I think are we feel that there are only certain kinds of people who become addicted. They kind of look like addicts, the kind of people you see walking down the streets, the homeless people, the kind of people who are delusional, psychotic. We feel that we are immune. We feel like our kids can be protected because we are good parents, because we live in a safe environment, they go to a good school, they have friends. Anybody can become addicted. And it is something that is hard for people to accept until it happens to them because over and over again I hear people say this could never happen to my child or I thought this could never happen to my child until it does.

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David Sheff is the author of Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy, the follow-up to his New York Times #1 bestseller, Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s AddictionClean is the result of the years Sheff spent investigating the disease of addiction and America’s drug problem, which he sees as the greatest public-health challenge of our time.

Beautiful Boy was based on Sheff’s article, “My Addicted Son,” which appeared in the New York Times Magazine and won an award from the American Psychological Association for “outstanding contribution to the understanding of addiction.”  It was named the nonfiction book of the year by Entertainment Weekly.  

Named to the Time 100, Time Magazine’s list of the World’s Most Influential People, Sheff also won the 2013 College of Problems on Drug Dependence Media Award. Sanjay Gupta, MD, said, "As a clear-eyed chronicler of addiction, David is without peer.”

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