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“Deeply felt, deftly rendered, stunningly informative and often enraging” (Publishers Weekly), Hooked appears as we are finally waking up to the inadequacies of our current drug-rehab policies. With court-mandated rehab being debated across the country, Shavelson’s in-depth look at the struggles of five addicts as they travel through the treatment maze makes a powerful cas“Deeply felt, deftly rendered, stunningly informative and often enraging” (Publishers Weekly), Hooked appears as we are finally waking up to the inadequacies of our current drug-rehab policies. With court-mandated rehab being debated across the country, Shavelson’s in-depth look at the struggles of five addicts as they travel through the treatment maze makes a powerful case for reform.Highly readable and shaped by Shavelson’s experience as a journalist and physician, Hooked takes us through the anguishing “intake” and controversial House meetings, inside counselors’ and judges’ offices where many treatment decisions are made, and to prison cells where, under current policies, many addicts end up. It explores the links between drug addiction, mental illness, and trauma, including child abuse—links often ignored by current rehab efforts—and argues for an integrated approach that treats the roots of drug abuse, not just the behavior itself.Hailed as “compelling” and “heartbreaking” (Time Out), Hooked offers a provocative, honest look at the seemingly intractable issue of drug addiction, and offers powerful alternatives to our current policies....

Title : Hooked: Five Addicts Challenge Our Misguided Drug Rehab System
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ISBN : 9781565847798
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Hooked: Five Addicts Challenge Our Misguided Drug Rehab System Reviews

  • Ashley (Nicki)
    2019-05-19 00:49

    This book blew me away. It was an emotional rollercoaster to really follow each persons story and at the end I felt like I truly knew each of them. I wanted to both cry and laugh when I came to the last paragraph. This book hit such an emotional corner of my soul. Growing up with an addict mother who started suffering in the 90's I am left wondering WHAT IF? What if the system had been better? What if Dual Diagnosis was more accepted and psychiatric care was more achievable for anyone suffering with substance abuse? What if my mom slipped through the cracks like so many in the book? What if the system actually saved her like she was supposed to be saved?The author explicitly covers both the good and bad of the system, the government funding, and then complete addiction/mental health reform from 1996-1999. Darlene and Miles stories were my favorite. My heart broke for Darlene SO many times while reading this and upon learning that the system literally "kicked her out" and abandoned her even though she was one of the most high risk addicts in all of SanFran.I can't applaud Lonny Shavelson enough for this tremendous book. I will carry it in my mind for the rest of my life. Anyone who has ever had a family member suffer from addiction OR if you work in a social work clinical environment YOU MUST READ THIS. You will cry, you will laugh, you will get angry, but you will love it!

  • Richard
    2019-05-24 02:35

    I found the tone of this book off-putting at the beginning. He uses a lot of language to describe his subjects that seems very out of place 15 years later. I wonder if it's intentional but his tone becomes more sympathetic as the book goes on and he understands better what's going on with these people. I would hope that if this were written today, he would be more sensitive in describing these people who struggle with addiction and mental illness. Sadly, the themes throughout the book about the unresponsive, misguided, disjointed, ineffectual treatment system seem all too current. I started by hating this book, but ultimately I felt that this book does a great job of describing a lot that's right and wrong with drug rehabilitation in America. Of course, in the intervening years, we have gotten better at talking the talk, with most addiction professionals having a basic understanding of motivational interviewing and dual diagnosis treatment. I'm not sure you'll see much difference where the rubber hits the road though, and there's certainly a long way to go before these systems are integrated or linked up in any meaningful way. In my experience in a psych hospital I see people failed by a system that has continued to prefer to treat people who fit neatly in boxes marked "mental health" OR "addiction."

  • Mary Fons
    2019-05-02 02:44

    Troubling book. I was weary reading it but couldn't put it down. It was a fascinating treatise of the drug rehab system in America -- the broken, utterly unhelpful and unorganized way we treat addicts in institutions.I have a lot of personal experience in this area and it was illuminating to read about the system itself -- I see a lot of people on the other side of it. The inner workings (or not-workings, as it were) of the rehab business was informative. Following the addicts as they jump through hoops, relapse, find a way out, fall back in, etc. is heart-wrenching and essential for anyone who doesn't understand the nature of addiction. It is a disease and it kills people everyday. With help, this doesn't have to happen anymore. Hooked did a fine job of examining some of the alternative drug treatment programs that are beginning to crop up in certain areas.The reports on the San Francisco project were fascinating and I got "a hope shot" when I read about it. I don't know what the status of that program is, but I've thought about it many times since I read this book.If you're interested in reading gripping social commentary about the drug rehab industry, I imagine this is the only book you need.

  • Emily
    2019-05-23 07:53

    Great book for anyone trying to decipher bureaucratic mental health programs, and how the world of MH/SA became the way it is. The author follows 5 addicts through the process of trying to access rehab, and then charts their journeys in the maze of a broken system. It is tied together wonderfully at the end with an exposition of "Drug Court" and how important it is for a system of case management to exist, and moreover, how something as simple as communication between agencies can make the difference between life and death for so many people who suffer from addiction.

  • Gloria Cave
    2019-04-27 07:56

    Two stars may be a harsh reading, but as a social worker, I found the author to be somewhat judgmental in his perception of the addicts. People may or may not agree with me, but I found a lot of his descriptions offensive. He made so many assumptions about the individuals he shadowed, but I never sensed empathy or an attempt to understand where these people were coming from. I couldn't finish the book. Maybe those things happened later on, maybe he worked his way into empathy and compassion, but I will never know. I can't pick it back up.

  • CMolieri
    2019-04-30 00:42

    I picked up this book at an HIV/AIDS conference back in early 2003, not a year after it had been published. Groundbreaking at its time with regard to approaching people struggling with addiction, Shevelson set a wee precedent for health care providers exploring not only the issue of the human condition, addiction, economics, and social welfare, but also in his own way established a style of approach that gave credit to harm reduction.

  • Dayna
    2019-05-22 02:32

    Perhaps its a harsh rating. Follows drug users through their lives and through drug treatment, nothing new or outside the box here. Strengths of the book include a discussion of harm reduction and it also includes a critique of the "drug treatment" models and more generally, the fragmented social service system.

  • Ellyn
    2019-05-11 01:37

    The author spends two years shadowing five addicts as they journey through San Francisco's drug treatment system. The book contains their stories as well as a thorough examination of the current philosophies and challenges underlying drug treatment in the United States. Very insightful and well-written; I learned a lot.

  • Brad
    2019-05-14 01:49

    This is one of my favorite books: Fiction or Non-fiction. Both in terms of the fascinating sunject matter, and the well-crafted and compelling manner in which it is delivered. A must read as far as I'm concerned.

  • Lenee
    2019-04-26 03:35

    makes me want to go back to school and try to influence drug policy or do some work that involves rehab.

  • Shea
    2019-04-30 02:57

    Beautiful prose. Gives great insight into the world of drug addiction and treatment.