A New Generation in Recovery Speaks Out
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A firsthand look at what it means—and what it takes—for
young addicts to get clean and stay clean
"To suddenly think, ‘Hey, wait a minute, I’m 21. I just got
sober. I can’t drink like all my friends ever again?’ I
remember thinking my whole life had crumbled." Welcome to
recovery from a young addict’s perspective. Written by
MTV’s Chris Beckman with contributions from dozens of teens
and twentysomethings in recovery, Clean is part
autobiography, part addiction and recovery primer, and part
wake-up call about what’s really going on in schools, cars,
malls, and wherever else kids come in contact with drugs
and alcohol. Beckman, whose out-of-control drinking and
drugging lasted more than a decade before he got sober at
age 24, uses his story to illustrate the book’s fundamental
message that recovery at a young age is very different from
recovery in adulthood. "We get clean at 20 and feel like
we’re still 13 emotionally," he writes. Clean is the real
thing: an honest, nonjudgmental, peer-to-peer lifeline for
young people thinking about experimenting with drugs, for
those who are already experimenting or those who are
already addicted, and for families and friends who want to
understand and help.
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