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Chasing the High: A Firsthand Account of One Young Person's Experience with Substance Abuse

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Kyle Keegan was like many teenagers: eager to fit in at school, he experimented with alcohol and drugs. Soon, his abuse of these substances surpassed experimentation and became a ruthless addiction to heroin that nearly destroyed his life.

Now in recovery, Keegan tells his remarkable story in Chasing the High. Starting with the early days of alcohol and drug use, Keegan charts his decline into crime and homelessness as his need for heroin surpassed all thoughts of family and friends, of right and wrong. He then goes on to use these experiences to offer guidance and practical advice to other young people who may be struggling with substance abuse. In straightforward, easy-to-understand language and along with the psychiatric expertise of Howard Moss, MD, Keegan discusses what is known about the neurobiology of addiction in young people, how to seek treatment, and how to get the most out of professional help. He also covers such topics as which therapies are used to combat addiction, how to talk to family and friends about substance abuse, and how to navigate risky situations. Both an absorbing memoir and a useful resource for young people.

Part of the Adolescent Mental Health Initiative series of books written specifically for teens and young adults, Chasing the High is at once both an absorbing memoir and a useful resource. It offers hope to those who are struggling with substance abuse and will help them to overcome its challenges and to go on to lead healthy, productive lives.

About the Author

Kyle Keegan is a professional diver. He lives in New York with his wife and daughters.

Howard B. Moss, MD, is Associate Director for Clinical and Translational Research with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

1. Crash and Rescue

Above the city, steeped in misery

Back from the edge

Substance abuse and addiction defined

Addiction is a disease

A hellish journey

2. The Early Days of Using

My not-so-shady past

A forbidden sip

One puff leads to another

My uncertain future

Heroin

A rite of passage versus the slippery slope to addiction

The ride down that slope

Who becomes addicted, who does not, and why?

3. The Noose Tightens

A moment of truth, and then denial

First shot at detoxification

Learning the life of an addict

Desperate moves

Returning to an unfamiliar home

"This is your brain on drugs"

Different types of drugs of abuse

4. Trying to Get Help

Overconfidence and denial: do not mix

A minor arrest

A major arrest

Up, down, up, down-the saga of addiction continues

A crucial turning point

Substance abuse treatment: what to expect

Treatment of co-occurring mental disorders

5. Recovery

What does recovery mean for you?

If a relapse occurs

6. Looking Back, Looking Ahead

"Real" recovery is whatever works for us

FAQ

Glossary

Resources

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195314717
Author:
Keegan, Kyle
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
With:
Moss, Howard B.
With:
Moss, Howard B., M.D.
Author:
Benderly, Beryl Lieff
Author:
null, Howard
Author:
null, Kyle
Author:
Moss, Howard
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Health - Substance Abuse
Subject:
Medicine | Psychiatry
Subject:
Health & Daily Living - Substance Abuse
Subject:
Substance Abuse
Subject:
Recovering addicts
Subject:
Medicine | Psychiatry and Psychology
Subject:
General
Subject:
Neurology - General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
Adolescent
Subject:
Recovering addicts -- United States.
Subject:
Medicine | Psychiatry & Psychology
Subject:
Children s Nonfiction-Health-Substance Abuse
Series:
Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands' Adolescent Mental Health Initiative
Publication Date:
20080231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 illus.
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
5.8 x 8.4 x 1 in 0.869 lb
Age Level:
12-19

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