DRUGS, TEENS, AND RECOVERY by Glenn Alan Cheney

DRUGS, TEENS, AND RECOVERY

Real-life Stories of Trying to Stay Clean
Age Range: 12 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Seven pseudonymous first-person accounts from young adults of varied backgrounds (impersonated by models in the b&w photos), each followed by questions and answers pertaining to the drug discussed. Many of the stories rehearse basic knowledge, but some go a bit deeper, e.g., by pointing out the added dangers of drugs during pregnancy. Most of the youngsters are in shaky recovery. Common patterns are striking: lying; parents in denial and/or turmoil; out-of-control behavior as a side effect--e.g., rape or trashing buildings. The simultaneous appeal and impotence of rehabilitation are also stressed--it takes just a single AA meeting to make one boy yearn passionately to get clean, yet he realizes that despair is still a drink away. Curiously, one of the vignettes is the same story Chris Campbell tells under her own name in No Guarantees (p. 657). Are there confessional YA groupies, like talk-show guests who skim from show to show? Resources; bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 12+)

Pub Date: July 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-89490-431-0
Page count: 104pp
Publisher: Enslow
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 1993




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