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  1. 8.1 hrs • 1/12/2016 • Unabridged

    Sharply funny and compulsively readable, The Gilded Razor is a dazzling and harrowing memoir from debut author Sam Lansky. The Gilded Razor is the true story of a double life. By the age of seventeen, Sam Lansky was an all-star student with Ivy League aspirations in his final year at an elite New York City prep school. But a nasty addiction to prescription pills spiraled rapidly out of control, compounded by a string of reckless affairs with older men, leaving his bright future in jeopardy. After a terrifying overdose, he tried to straighten out. Yet as he journeyed from the glittering streets of Manhattan, to a wilderness boot camp in Utah, to a psych ward in New Orleans, he only found more opportunities to create chaos—until finally, he began to face himself. In the vein of Elizabeth Wurtzel and Augusten Burroughs, Lansky scrapes away at his own life as a young addict and exposes profoundly universal anxieties. Told with remarkable sensitivity, biting humor, and unrelenting self-awareness, The Gilded Razor is a coming-of-age story of searing honesty and lyricism that introduces a powerful new voice to the confessional genre.

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    The Gilded Razor

    8.1 hrs • 1/12/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 3.7 hrs • 8/21/2015 • Unabridged

    Thomas De Quincey’s highly charged and hauntingly accurate account of laudanum addiction is considered the root of all drug novels—from Baudelaire to Burroughs, Confessions of an English Opium Eater paved the way for later generations of writers. Initially prescribed as pain relief for a chronic condition, De Quincey soon found himself compelled by the opium experience, with his dreams recounted here in every hallucinatory detail; threatening Roman armies, sunken cities, and German mountaintops, De Quincey’s vivid memories will evoke wonder and curiosity in the listener.

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  3. 15.8 hrs • 1/21/2015 • Unabridged

    Based on Gabor Maté’s two decades of experience as a medical doctor and his groundbreaking work with the severely addicted on Vancouver’s skid row, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts radically re-envisions this much misunderstood field by taking a holistic approach.  Dr. Maté presents addiction not as a discrete phenomenon confined to an unfortunate or weak-willed few, but as a continuum that runs throughout (and perhaps underpins) our society; not a medical “condition” distinct from the lives it affects, rather the result of a complex interplay among personal history, emotional, and neurological development, brain chemistry, and the drugs (and behaviors) of addiction. Simplifying a wide array of brain and addiction research findings from around the globe, the book avoids glib self-help remedies, instead promoting a thorough and compassionate self-understanding as the first key to healing and wellness. In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts argues persuasively against contemporary health, social, and criminal justice policies toward addiction and those impacted by it. The mix of personal stories—including the author’s candid discussion of his own “high-status” addictive tendencies—and science with positive solutions makes the book equally useful for lay readers and professionals.

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    In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

    15.8 hrs • 1/21/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 11.2 hrs • 9/9/2014 • Unabridged

    The highly acclaimed comprehensive guide to getting your child through the formative preteen, teen, and college years drug-free—now completely revised and updated. Nearly every child will be offered drugs or alcohol before graduating high school, and excessive drinking is common at most colleges. But the good news is that a child who gets to age twenty-one without smoking, using illegal drugs, or abusing alcohol or prescription drugs is virtually certain never to do so. Drawing on more than two decades of research at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASAColumbia), founder Joseph A. Califano Jr. presents a clear, common-sense guide to helping kids stay drug-free. All parents dream of a healthy, productive, and fulfilling future for their children; Califano shows which specific actions work and what parents can do to teach, protect, and empower their children to have the greatest chance of making that future come true. Teenagers who learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are twice as likely never to try them, and this book provides the tools parents need to prepare their children for those crucial decision-making moments. In this revised and updated edition, Califano tackles some of the newest obstacles standing between our kids and a drug-free life—from social media sites and cell phone apps to the explosion in prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse and the increased dangers and addictive power of marijuana. He reveals what teens can’t or won’t tell their parents about their thoughts on drugs and alcohol, and combines the latest research with his discussions with thousands of parents and teens about the challenges that widespread access to drugs and alcohol present, and how parents can instill in their teens the will and skills to choose not to use. Califano’s insightful and lively guide is as readable as it is informative.

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    How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid

    11.2 hrs • 9/9/14 • Unabridged
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  5. 3.8 hrs • 5/1/2014 • Unabridged

    A self-help book like no other From the author of the bestselling Hard Time, and seen on Locked Up Abroad, Shaun Attwood took his business degree to Phoenix, Arizona, where he became an award-winning stockbroker and then a millionaire day trader during the dot-com bubble. But Shaun became greedy and lost sight of what was important. He threw raves and distributed Ecstasy, grossing $25 million. Before being convicted of money laundering and drug dealing, he served twenty-six months in the infamous jail system run by the notorious Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Lessons from a Drug Lord is his account of the time Shaun spent submerged in a nightmarish world of drugs and gangs, insect infested cells with food unfit for animals, and the lessons he learned from his choices. His teachings will force you to reexamine your life and what is truly important.

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    Lessons from a Drug Lord

    3.8 hrs • 5/1/14 • Unabridged
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  6. 13.5 hrs • 4/2/2013 • Unabridged

    Addiction is a preventable, treatable disease—not a moral failing. As with other illnesses, the approaches most likely to work are based on science—not on faith, tradition, contrition, or wishful thinking. These facts are the foundation of Clean, a myth-shattering look at drug abuse by the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Beautiful Boy. Based on the latest research in psychology, neuroscience, and medicine, Clean is a leap beyond the traditional approaches to prevention and treatment of addiction and the mental illnesses that usually accompany it. The existing treatment system, including Twelve Step programs and rehabs, has helped some, but it has failed to help many more, and David Sheff explains why. He spent time with scores of scientists, doctors, counselors, and addicts and their families to learn how addiction works and what can effectively treat it. Clean offers clear, cogent counsel for parents and others who want to prevent drug problems, as well as advice and hope for addicts and their loved ones no matter what stage of the illness they’re in. Clean is a book for all of us—a powerful rethinking of the greatest public health challenge of our time.

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    Clean

    13.5 hrs • 4/2/13 • Unabridged
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  7. 2.2 hrs • 10/16/2012 • Unabridged

    The purpose of this guide from the National Institute on Drug Abuse is to provide facts which will educate adolescents and teenagers about drug abuse. This NIDA guide makes teens aware of the dangers of drug abuse by providing scientific facts about various types of drugs in order to help teenagers make safe and smart decisions. The guide focuses on the influence various drugs have on the brain to help teens better understand addiction. It covers anabolic steroids, ecstasy (MDMA), inhalants, marijuana, prescription drugs, stimulants (including cocaine), and tobacco, as well as the dangers of HIV/AIDS as associated with drug use.

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  8. 6.4 hrs • 6/1/2011 • Unabridged

    The amazing true story of an out-of-control rock star, his devastating addiction to drugs, and his miraculous redemption through Jesus Christ In February 2005, more than ten thousand people in Bakersfield, California, watched as Brian “Head” Welch—the former lead guitarist of the controversial rock band Korn—was saved by Jesus Christ. The event set off a media frenzy as observers from around the world sought to understand what led this rock star out of the darkness and into the light. Now, in this courageous memoir, Head talks for the first time about his shocking embrace of God and the tumultuous decade that led him into the arms of Jesus Christ. Offering a backstage pass to his time with Korn, Head tells the inside story of his years in the band and explains how his rock star lifestyle resulted in an all-consuming addiction to methamphetamine. Writing openly about the tour bus mayhem of Ozzfest and the Family Values Tour, he provides a candid look at how the routine of recording, traveling, and partying placed him in a cycle of addiction that he could not break on his own. Speaking honestly about his addiction, Head details his struggles with the drug that ultimately led him to seek a higher power. Despite his numerous attempts to free himself from meth, nothing—not even the birth of his daughter—could spur him to kick it for good. Here Head addresses how, with the help of God, he emerged from his dangerous lifestyle and found a path that was not only right for his daughter, it was right for him. Discussing the chaotic end to his time in Korn and how his newfound faith has influenced his relationship with his daughter, his life, and his music, Head describes the challenging but rewarding events of previous years, exposing the truth about how his moments of doubt and his hardships have only deepened his faith. Candid, compelling, and inspirational, Save Me from Myself is a rock ’n’ roll journey unlike any other.

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    Save Me from Myself by Brian (Head) Welch

    Save Me from Myself

    6.4 hrs • 6/1/11 • Unabridged
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  9. 0.3 hrs • 8/25/2009 • Unabridged

    This nineteen-minute self-hypnosis program is designed to help you effectively taper your smoking habit, with the ultimate goal of becoming a become a tolerant nonsmoker. It is a proven approach, based on almost twenty-five years of experience. You have the option to smoke occasionally as an alternative choice, and this program teaches you how!

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    Quit Smoking by Tapering Off

    0.3 hrs • 8/25/09 • Unabridged
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  10. 0.3 hrs • 8/25/2009 • Unabridged

    This twenty-one-minute self-hypnosis program is designed to help you reduce your smoking, with the ultimate goal of becoming a become a tolerant nonsmoker. It is a proven approach, based on almost twenty-five years of experience. You have the option to smoke occasionally as an alternative choice, and this program teaches you how!

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    Smoking Reduction

    0.3 hrs • 8/25/09 • Unabridged
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  11. 11.5 hrs • 2/1/2008 • Unabridged

    What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted every moment of David Sheff’s journey through his son’s drug addiction. David’s story is a first: a teenager’s addiction from the parent’s point of view—a real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the gradual emergence into hope. Before meth, Sheff’s son, Nic, was a varsity athlete, honor student, and award-winning journalist. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole money from his eight-year-old brother, and lived on the streets. With poignant candor, Sheff traces the first warning signs—denial, 3 a.m. phone calls—the attempts at rehabilitation, and, at last, the way past addiction. He shows us that, whatever an addict’s fate, the rest of the family must care for one another too, lest they become addicted to addiction. Beautiful Boy is a fiercely candid memoir that brings immediacy to the emotional rollercoaster of loving a child who seems beyond help.

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    Beautiful Boy by David Sheff

    Beautiful Boy

    11.5 hrs • 2/1/08 • Unabridged
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  12. 2.7 hrs • 1/10/2006 • Unabridged

    Drugs and alcohol involve personal habits that have significant social consequences. Some have said that we are a society of drinkers and pill takers; much of this consumption is legal. Should the use of intoxicants, stimulants and drug medications be governed by personal choice or regulation? Which drugs should be legal, and which should be illegal? Is law or persuasion a better method of reform? The Morality in Our Age series examines the historical and philosophical background of today’s most pressing moral challenges. Though a final “answer” is notoriously elusive in moral discussion, you’ll develop a much better insight into the forces and principles at play on today’s most serious moral issues, problems, and dilemmas.

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    Drugs and Alcohol by Dr. Rod L. Evans
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  13. 3.5 hrs • 8/1/2004 • Unabridged

    In 1804, while a student at Oxford, Thomas De Quincey was looking for relief from excruciating pain when a college acquaintance recommended opium. “Opium!” De Quincey wrote. “Dread agent of unimaginable pleasure and pain! I had heard of it as I had of manna or of ambrosia, but no further: how unmeaning a sound it was at that time!” Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, De Quincey’s best-known work, is an account of his early life and opium addiction, in prose that is by turns witty, conversational, and nightmarish. The Confessions involve the listener in De Quincey’s childhood and schooling, describing in detail his flight at age sixteen from Manchester Grammar School, his wanderings in North Wales and London, and his experiences with opium, which developed into a lifelong dependency.

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